FULL STEAM AHEAD: Carmelita Jeter
FOLLOWING THE American athletics team’s successful ten day stay in Birmingham for their pre-Olympic training camp, world champions Carmelita Jeter and Jason Richardson will headline an array of American stars that will be returning to the city for the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium on August 26.
Jeter, the second fastest woman of all time, will be competing over 100m, whilst Richardson will line up for the 110m hurdles at Britain’s final Samsung Diamond League meeting of the season.
Jeter, 32, who won gold in the 100m and silver in the 200m at last year’s World Championships in Daegu, is excited about returning to Birmingham to race at the track where she competed over 200m at last year’s Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix.
“Birmingham has been like a home away from home for the US track team. Everybody is always so hospitable and they always give us a warm British welcome. It’s clear that they love their athletics over here so it will be great to repay the community at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix.”
“I enjoyed running there last year in front of a full stadium, the crowd was really behind us all. Having spent so much time in the UK this summer, competing at the Diamond League meet on 26 August will be a great way to finish off our time here after the Olympic Games.”
Leading the challenge against Richardson when he competes in Birmingham will be fellow American David Oliver, the 110m hurdles Olympic bronze medallist four years ago who narrowly missed out on qualification for the Games at the American trials in June.
Jeter, meanwhile, will line up against a world-class field that will include 2005 world 100m champion Lauryn Williams and newly crowned European Champion Ivet Lalova. Jeter finished third in a highly competitive women’s 200m race at last year’s Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix, in which the top three were separated by just three hundredths of a second.
Both athletes are favoured to medal in their respective events at London 2012. Jeter, who has run the second fastest time in the world in 2012 with 10.81secs, will need to get past African Champion Blessing Okagbare and Jamaican record holder Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce on August 4, whilst Richardson will take on in-form compatriot Aries Merritt and China’s Liu Xiang in the 110m hurdles final on 8 August.
Back the team and watch the world’s best athletes in action at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on 26 August. For tickets, visit www.uka.org.uk/aviva-series or call 08000 55 60 56