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February 28, 2013
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Bolt to earn $1m a second Star sprinter set for big payday at Paris meet


World's fastest man Usain Bolt is set to earn around $1,429,200 per second when he runs the 200 metres at the Paris Diamond League meeting later this summer.

In total, organisers have shelled out (US$300,000) J$28,584,000 to bring the Olympic champion to the Stade de France, his fourth in the French capital. Bolt competed at the Meeting AREVA in 2009 and 2010 over 100m, then in 2011 over 200m. Despite the hefty appearance fee, organisers are confident having the sprinter for the meet will be worth it.

Olympic triple feat

"With Bolt, we know that we will easily fill the Stade de France," said Laurent Boquillet, head of the meet, adding that before his Olympic triple feat last year, he was available for US$250,000 per meeting.

Bolt won 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold at last year's Olympics in London, repeating the feat that he first achieved in Beijing four years earlier, and cementing his reputation as one of the greatest sprinters of all time.

He is using the event in July as part of his build-up for the Moscow world athletics championships the following month.

Bolt, 26, will compete in a 150 metres race on Brazil's Copacabana beach on March 31.

His only other confirmed race this year is over 200 metres at Oslo's Bislett Games on June 13.

The Jamaican world-record holder will compete against France's European 100 metres champion Christophe Lemaitre in the final race of the evening of the July 6 meet. Lemaitre finished third in the 2011 Daegu world championships 200 metres, which was won by Bolt.

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