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Bolt to vie for 150m record on beach

AFP-JIJI

Usain Bolt, the two-time reigning Olympic champion over 100 and 200 meters, will bid to better his world record over the rarely raced distance of 150 meters on Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana beach on Sunday.

The Jamaican sprint star set the world best of 14.35 seconds over 150 meters at an exhibition race in Manchester in 2009, and will again race on a track laid over one of the world’s most iconic sandy beaches.

“It will be my first speed event of the season,” said the 26-year-old, who last year claimed an unprecedented repeat triple gold sprint showing (100, 200 and 4×100 meters) at the London Olympics.