Usain Bolt to run in Rome this summer

Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt will participate in the 33rd edition of the Golden Gala, Italy's annual track and field event, which takes place in Olympic Stadium in Rome this summer.

The Jamaican world record holder will run in the 100-m race in Rome on 6 June – the third year in a row he has appeared at the event. In 2011 he set a time of 9.91 seconds, a record he reduced to 9.76 last year in front of over 50,000 spectators.

Nicknamed “Lightning Bolt”, the sports star became the only man to win the 100-200-m double in successive Olympics at last year's London Olympic games.

In the weeks following his Rome race the champion sprinter will participate in similar events in Oslo and Paris, ahead of the world championships in Moscow in August.

The Rome event is the fifth outing in the current season of the Diamond League, an annual series of track and field meetings for top athletes.