I arrived in Stuttgart the other night, like I said, I had some promotional events on behalf of the IAAF here.
I did a little bit of a photo shoot with some reporters from the AP and IAAF. I then had a press conference at the Daimler Stadium as well.
This year is a unique year for the World Athletic Final, it will be the last outdoor track and field event held in Stuttgart, Germany as they are tearing down the existing stadium to make it a soccer only stadium.
Colin Jackson ran the then world record time of 12.91 seconds on this very track, it also hosted the 1993 World Championships. Aside from those and various other feats accomplished here, the most unique thing I ever witnessed was my first time here in 2006, the green surface for the track. I have seen black, blue, red tracks, but never a green one. I thought that was pretty interesting.
It's a two day event, with competition starting on Saturday. I run on Sunday, the 110 hurdles is the very last event of the competition and the last to be hosted in Stuttgart, I think that is very appropriate. I really want to be the last person to take a lap of honor in Stuttgart, I am going to try my best to do so, it will not be an easy task, but I am up to the challenge.
Brooks and Yo-El Brown arrive today, so we will hit a couple of workout sessions, just to sharpen up a bit. I am very excited for this competition.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARISA REICH
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