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Nine Olympic Gold medallists to compete at the Aviva British Grand Prix

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Christine with her Olympic Gold medal

26 August 2008

 

NINE Olympic gold medallists from Beijing have confirmed they will compete at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead on Sunday.

 

The prestigious meeting is the first in the UK since the action came to a close in China and the Olympic torch passed on to London ahead of the 2012 Games.

 

Britain’s gold medal winner Christine Ohuruogu will take on her domestic rival Nicola Sanders over 400m at the Gateshead International Stadium in a race that will also include Mary Wineberg, part of the victorious USA 4x400m relay quartet.

 

A men’s high jump has been added to the programme meaning another British medallist, Germaine Mason will compete. He will be joined in the north east by the other two British medallists from Beijing, triple jumper Phillips Idowu and 400m hurdler Natasha Danvers.

 

Danvers will come face-to-face with the winner of her event from Beijing, Melaine Walker of Jamaica.

 

And a further three Jamaicans champions will go in the men’s 100m – Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater, all who claimed gold in the men’s 4x100m relay.

 

In the women’s 100m, another Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown will start. Campbell-Brown was the gold medallist over 200m in Beijing. She’ll come up against her compatriot and the Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser.

 

And the remarkable Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, who took gold in both the women’s 5000m and 10,000m will run over 3000m.

 

Further additions to the line-up will be announced over the coming days and tickets are available by phone on 08000 556 056 or online at www.ukathletics.net. The meeting starts at 2.10pm.

 

The Aviva British Grand Prix is one of the key sporting events taking place in 2008 as part of NewcastleGateshead’s world-class festivals and events programme.  www.NewcastleGateshead.com