For Usain Bolt, it’s been a rather quiet year so far locally, but the record-breaking track superstar continues to garner headlines in the international press. On the heels of recent articles in the British publications News & Star and This Is London, Bolt will next appear in a feature story in VIBE, the popular and highly regarded urban American music and lifestyle publication. Coincidentally, and importantly, it’s the first-ever international issue in the magazine’s 17-year history.
Speaking with TALLAWAH via Twitter, Vibe Editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall described the article as a “cool read,” and said it addresses, among other things, Bolt’s loss to American rival Tyson Gay on the track last year, battling injuries and how he plans to return to dominating the sprints this year. “[It’s] mostly about him coming off a loss...a place he's not used to being in,” Hall said. “He's injury-free now though.”
Hip hop star 50 Cent graces the cover of the issue, which also includes stories on this year’s surprise Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding and our very own reggae legend Bob Marley. As Hall advises, “cop it.”
In the meantime, the triple world-record holder has confirmed that he will compete in May at the Golden Spike Meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, which forms part of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Challenge Series. Bolt will also go up against compatriot Asafa Powell in the 100M at Rome’s Olympic Stadium on May 26 for the Samsung Diamond League. 2011 is a big year for the 24-year-old, who hopes to repeat as double world champion at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, from August 27 to September 4.