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Shanghai-bound Bolt may race in Daegu

JAMAICAN triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt will return to China next month for a 100-meter race in Shanghai, his agent said yesterday.

The September 20 race, as part of the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, will be Bolt's first in Asia since his triumphant Beijing Olympics in 2008, Ricky Simms said in a telephone interview.

The 23-year-old also is considering a sprint race on September 25 in Daegu, South Korea. The city will host the next world athletics championships in 2011.

A book deal on Bolt's dramatic rise to become the world's top sprinter is also being finalized, Simms revealed.

"We have been in negotiations for a long time and I think it is almost coming to a conclusion," the agent said.

Still under discussion is the focus of the book. It could encompass Bolt's entire life or just his success in recent years.

"There may be a couple of books," Simms said.

Bolt sprinted to triple gold at the Beijing Olympics with world-record performances in the 100 and 200 and 4x100 relay.

He nearly duplicated the showing at the recently completed world championships in Berlin.

The lanky Jamaican lowered his world record in the 100 to 9.58 seconds and his 200 mark to 19.19 seconds with dramatic runs on the blue Berlin track. He also helped Jamaica take the gold in the 4x100 relay.

Bolt will complete his European season with races in Zurich, Switzerland, and Brussels, Belgium, in the coming days, Simms said.


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