Usain Bolt will have Copacabana beach in the background when he tries to break his 150 metre world record in a street race this weekend in Rio de Janeiro.
Bolt will compete at a track specially built at the iconic beach tomorrow, challenging Antigua and Barbuda’s Daniel Bailey, Ecuador’s Alex Quinones, and a Brazilian athlete from a local qualifier.
The blue four-lane track is in the middle of the beach, with Sugar Loaf mountain nearby.
A women’s race will also take place at the Copacabana track.
Bolt set the 150 mark of 14.35 seconds in Manchester in 2009.
Meanwhile, Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms, said in a statement to the AP that he was “having positive negotiations” with organisers of the London Diamond League meet to compete on July 26-27.
The London meet, celebrating a year since the Olympics, would be one of his last competitions before the world championships in Moscow in August.