Bolt defers World Championships wild card to Blake


Usain Bolt will not seek a wild card entry into the 100 metres at next year’s World Championships, hoping instead to secure a spot via the Jamaican trials, the six-time Olympic gold medallist said.


The triple world record holder said he would defer the wild card honour for the Moscow event to world 100 metres defending champion and training partner, Yohan Blake. Both the 2012 Diamond League 100 metres winner (Bolt) and the reigning world champion (Blake) are eligible for wild card entry consideration under International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) new rules. But the global governing body will allow only one wild card per country per event. Bolt won three gold medals at the London Olympics. He said at a news conference on his return to the island nation from Europe: “I think Blake has earned his right to compete in the 100 metres by winning the title at the last World Championship. I was always going to run the 100 at Jamaica’s World Championship trials next summer.” But the world 200 metres champion said he would let the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) decide who receives the nation’s World Championship wild card for the 200, himself or the Diamond League winner Nickel Ashmeade.

Several other countries will have to make the choice between two wild card contenders. Kenyans will have to choose between 1500 m runners Silas Kiplagat and Asbel Kiprop and between steeplechasers Paul Koech and Ezekiel Kemboi, USA will have to decide between 110 m hurdles’ stars Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt. 

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