Onrunning.com is reporting that sprint wunderkind, Xavier Carter will be opening his season in London on February 17….
"X-Man" Xavier Carter, the world's second fastest-ever 200 metres runner will compete at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 17.
Carter shot to global prominence during the summer after running 19.63seconds for the distance in Lausanne, a time only bettered by Michael Johnson's 10-year-old world record of 19.32sec.
The emerging American earned that first invitation to the European Grand Prix circuit, after clinching four titles at the prestigious US college championships which equalled the feat of the legendary Jesse Owens.
Carter races over 400 metres at the National Indoor Arena, his speciality event no longer being part of the international indoor circuit, because the tightness of bends rule out fair competition.
However the “X-Man” whose nickname derives from his habit of crossing his arms before races to imitate the children’s cartoon characters of the same name, is equally successful at this distance.
The 21-year-old Florida sprinter topped the 2006 IAAF World Indoor rankings with a mark of 45.28seconds in Fayettville last March.
Carter was persuaded to making his first-ever indoor appearance on British soil after relishing his inaugural outdoor race at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix in July.
“I really enjoyed my first run in the UK at Crystal Palace this year," said Carter although narrowly losing a thriller to fellow American Tyson Gay who set a UK all-comers' 200m record of 19.84seconds.
He added: "So I was keen to come back and do the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham, which has the reputation as one of the best meetings on the indoor circuit.
“The people in Britain seemed to take well to me when I was over here and to enjoy the fact that I’m putting a bit of fun back into the sport – hopefully I can put on a show for them in Birmingham."
Carter highly sought after by meeting promoters, revealed: “This will be my only run in Europe this indoor season, so I want to make the most of it.”