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Bolt will be striking at Thessaloniki meeting

Sprinter superstar Usain Bolt will be taking part after all in the World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki, world athletics governing body IAAF confirmed yesterday. The Jamaican world-record holder in the 100 and 200 meters will compete only in the 200 meter race at the meeting on September 12-13 at the Kaftanzoglio Stadium, IAAF said in a statement. The 200 meter race is set for Sunday, September 13. Originally Bolt was not going to participate in the event at Greece’s second-largest city, but his schedule has now been revised. His presence will add great prestige to the meeting. Bolt will also race in Shanghai in China and Daegu in South Korea later in September though only in the 100-meter. He broke the 200 meter world record at the Berlin World Championship in mid-August with a time of 19.19 seconds, just days after lowering the 100-meter record to 9.58 seconds. Another major international star to take part in the Thessaloniki meet will be Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, who last Friday broke her own world record with a jump of over 5.06 meters, shaking off her failure in Berlin.