Bolt back on centre stage on day seven in Daegu

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Jamaican Usain Bolt  returns to the Daegu Stadium yesterday with a second chance to  put his stamp on the 13th world championships five days after  his 100 metres debacle.

The world’s fastest man, who stormed out of the arena after  a false start in the final of the blue riband sprint on Sunday,  opens the defence of his 200 title in the heats on the seventh  morning of the championships.

While he was thought to be vulnerable in the shorter sprint  after a patchy season, Olympic champion and world record holder  Bolt could hardly be a stronger favourite in the half-lap event.

Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot and Ethiopian Meseret Defar will be  battling it out for 5,000 metres gold immediately before the 200  final in an intriguing contest between the past two champions.

There could be American success in the men’s shot put final  through defending champion Christian Cantwell, while Czech world  record holder and Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova and German  Christina Obergfoell will be among those fighting it out for  gold in the women’s javelin.

Australian Mitchell Watt has made no secret of his belief  that he can turn his bronze in Berlin two years ago into gold in  the men’s long jump although defending champion Dwight Phillips  enjoyed a return to form in the heats.

In the last event of the evening, double amputee Oscar  Pistorius will open South Africa’s bid for gold in the 4×400  relay final.

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