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Usain Bolt handed €229,000 to race in Paris

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Usain Bolt will set the track alight in Paris in July as well as burn a hole in the pocket of the French sports authorities. Photo: Nick J Webb
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The fastest man on planet earth Usain Bolt has been signed up to run the 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Paris in July, organisers said on Tuesday. He will be paid €229,000 - that's a cool €1,145 per metre.

Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will appear in Paris this summer where he is expected to set the track alight as well as burn a whole in the pockets of event organisers.

"With Bolt, we know that we will easily fill the Stade de France." said the head of the meeting, Laurent Boquillet, adding that organisers had shelled out €229,000 ($300,000) to bring the Jamaican track king to the French capital on July 6.

Bolt, 26, won 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold at last year's Olympics in London, repeating the feat that he first achieved in Beijing four years earlier and cementing his reputation as the greatest sprinter of all time.

Boquillet said the fee was standard for a runner of Bolt's calibre, pointing out that before his Olympic triple feat last year, he was available for $250,000 per meeting.

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The Paris Diamond league meeting is the ninth on the main athletics circuit.

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