Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt has confirmed that he will be available for selection at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay champion will most likely not compete in an individual event but could run in the relay.
Bolt said: "I am available for selection for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and have submitted the relevant documentation. I do not wish to take the place of anyone who qualifies this weekend in an individual event but am available for relay duty if the selectors feel I can be an asset to the Jamaican team in Glasgow. I have received lots of requests, invitations and messages of support from my fans in Scotland who are looking forward to a great event.”
Even if Bolt doesn't compete, spectators will have the chance to race against him at the Games. Virgin Media has created Race Bolt where runners can test their legs on a professional quality 30-metre athletics track, while the 27-year-old competes against them on a three-metre tall LED screen. Infrared sensors will capture each runner's height, size and technique, giving them an overall run time. Participants' names and times will then be added to an overall leader board, which will be updated each day throughout the Commonwealth Games.
Bolt said of the creation: "We've answered the call, and my fans now have a great opportunity to race me even if it’s against the big screen. Let’s see how fast you guys really are. I know I'm fast. How fast are you?"
Race Bolt will be positioned at the heart of Glasgow Green Live Zone - one of three outdoor festival locations during the Commonwealth Games – between 24 July and 3 August.