2012 Compeed Golden Gala: Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell will run Golden Gala, release, note by Larry Eder

Christophe Lemaitre, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, 2011 Lausanne,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Thompson-Bolt-LeMaitreFH-Rome11.jpgRichard Thompson, Usain Bolt, Christophe Lemaitre,
2011 Compeed Golden Gala,Rome,
photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2012 Compeed Golden Gala has announced that they will have both Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt competing in the 1960 Olympic stadium, the historic Stadio Olympico, that hosts the Compeed Golden Gala. Last year, Bolt defeated Powell, 9.91 to 9.93. Powell has started off the indoor season quite well, and Bolt will soon be seen running relays in Jamaica, to open his season.

RBR visited the Compeed Golden Gala in 2011, and has put the event on the record for 2012. Look forward to seeing many of you there!




Asafa Powell, photo by PhotoRun.net

Another top name for a new, fantastic edition of the Compeed Golden Gala. Not "only" Usain Bolt (whose name has already been announced) in the roman evening of 31 May. The long list of first class athletes participating to the third leg of the Samsung Diamond League IAAF is opened by Jamaica's Asafa Powell, the former world record holder of 100m, and a star in Rome, the city where he lived and trained in the early years of his career. Already last year, on the track of the Stadio Olimpico, Powell missed a (partially) unexpected success, by losing to Usain Bolt by only 0.02 sec., 9.91 to 9.93.


Usain Bolt, 2011 Compeed Golden Gala, Roma,

photo by PhotoRun.net

That match boosted an unforgettable 2011 edition of the Compeed Golden Gala, cheered by giant audience of 47.732 spectators. This year Powell will make a new trial to beat his compatriot, during one of the first top-class sprint matches of the Olympic season (lasting a little more than two months to the Olympic final, to be held later in the season, on 5 August, 21:50 local time). Powell is now competing in the winter season: last Saturday he was third in the AVIVA Grand Prix of Birmingham, clocking 6.50, his personal best at 60m (the third result in the World 2012 list, narrowly behind SB of compatriots Clarke and Carter, respectively 6.47 and 6.49).



MEN: 100; 3000st; 400hs; HJ; PV; LJ; DT

WOMEN: 100; 800; 1500; 5000; 100hs; 400hs; TJ; SP; JT


Additional races - Men: 800, 4x100, 4x400


Samsung Diamond League IAAF 2012

Doha (QAT)                 11.05.2012

Shanghai (CHN)           19.05.2012

Rome (ITA)                 31.05.2012

Eugene (USA)              02.06.2012

Oslo (NOR)                  07.06.2012

New York (USA)           09.06.2012

Paris (FRA)                 06.07.2012

London (GBR) (2 Days) 13.07.2012

Monaco (MON)             20.07.2012

Stockholm (SWE)         17.08.2012

Lausanne (SUI)            23.08.2012

Birmingham (GBR)        26.08.2012

Zurich (SUI)                30.08.2012

Brussels (BEL)             07.09.2012

The Diamond Race
Each of the disciplines is staged seven times with the top three Athletes being awarded the same amount of points at each meeting with the exception of the Final where the points are doubled. The AVIVA London Grand Prix with 27 disciplines on two days counts as one meeting. 
1st  place             4 points (Final: 8 points)
2nd  place            2 points (Final: 4 points)
3rd  place            1 point (Final: 2 points)
The Athlete with the highest number of points in each discipline at the end of the 
Samsung Diamond League season wins "The Diamond Race". In case of equality on points, the number of victories decides, if there still is a tie, the better result at the Final decides. For an athlete to win a Diamond race and its associated prize, he / she must compete in a bona fide way in the final (Zurich or Brussels) of their event discipline.

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