Saturday, April 24, 2010

How do you get the world's most popular track & field athlete into Franklin Field?

Joe Battaglia of Universal Sports, who is in Philadelphia covering the Penn Relays, wondered in his blog Saturday morning how you get the 6-5 Usain Bolt into a jam-packed Franklin Field?

In his column, he noted that the first race of the high school, college and professional relay extravaganza began at 7 am.

Thursday night, he asked long-time Penn Relays meet director Dave Johnson the very same question, to which he replied, "I have no idea."

Battaglia came up with ten ways to smuggle Bolt past the throngs of Bolt-a-maniacs that want to see the world's most popular track & field athlete in a rare appearance in the United States.

Here's the link to Joe's column...

My suggestion: Being that Bolt likes mascots after he nearly let Berlino, the mascot from last year's IAAF world championships upstage him, maybe he gets into Franklin Field disguised as Spike (above/photo courtesy Alison Wade), the old USA Track & Field mascot, who has mysteriously been relegated to oblivion.

Anyway, the Jamaican/USA men's 4 x 100 meter race will be featured in ESPN2's coverage of the Penn Relays starting at 5 pm, pacific time Saturday.

Here are the lineups for the various races...

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