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ATHLETICS: Blake targets Bolt's 150m world best in Manchester tomorrow

Published:Friday | May 16, 2014 | 1:46 PM

The world's second fastest man Jamaican Yohan Blake will be among the international stars competing in the Great City Games in Manchester this weekend.

The Daegu 100-metre world champion will be hoping to beat the 150-metre world best of 14.35 seconds set by his country man Usain Bolt.

It will be the 24-year-old's first competitive appearance on British soil since London 2012, where he won the 100 and 200-metre Olympic silver and gold in the 4x100-metre relay.

Blake, who was unable to defend his title at the World Championships in Moscow last year because of a hamstring injury, says he is feeling good going into the meet.

The British pair of Greg Rutherford and Christine Ohuruogu will also be in action.

Olympic champion Rutherford will be making his first appearance on home soil since breaking the British long jump record in San Diego in April.

And Ohuruogu will also be competing in Britain for the first time this year.

The event will be held in the city centre tomorrow, where a purpose built track and a pop-up athletics arena has been created.

It is free for spectators and is part of a weekend-long celebration of sport in Manchester, which will culminate in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday.

Two-time Olympic 10 thousand-metre champion Kenenisa Bekele and marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang go head-to-head in the 10k race.

On a busy weekend of athletics, Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, Aries Merritt, Allyson Felix and Christian Taylor, plus American sprinter Justin Gatlin and British long jumper Shara Proctor, headline the field at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on Sunday.


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