Fastest man on Earth comes to Penn Relays

Usain Bolt, Olymic champion runner

At this year’s Penn
Relays, an Olympic champion will take to the field alongside high school, college, amateur and professional track and field athletes. Jamaican superstar runner and three-time gold medalist Usain Bolt will compete as part of the USA vs. The World event on Saturday, April 24. Bolt is scheduled to run in the men’s 4x100 relay.

One of the most recognizable names in sports across the world, Bolt became the first man to set three world records in sprinting events at a single Olympics, during the 2008 Beijing games. He also won the World Outdoor Championships in Berlin last August, making him the first man in history to hold Olympic and World titles in both events simultaneously. This marks Bolt’s first appearance at the Penn Relays since he competed four years in a row as a teenager.

The 116th Penn Relays, held this year from April 22 through 24 at the storied Franklin Field, is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States. This year, there will be more than 22,000 entrants. About half of are high school students. More athletes have run at the Penn Relays than at any other single track and field meet in the world.

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Originally published on April 15, 2010