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AVIVA GREAT Britain & Northern Ireland athletes will return to competition at the Aviva International Match in Glasgow January 28 looking to launch their 2012 seasons in style.

In what will be the final time Great Britain competes as a team on home soil prior to the London Olympic Games – and the final time Kelvin Hall plays host to the annual athletics event – three of last summer’s World Championships medallists will line up in Glasgow this weekend to bid farewell to their northern fans and to the iconic venue.

5000m world champion Mo Farah and World Championships medallists Hannah England and Andy Turner will all don the Aviva GB & NI vest as athletes step up preparations for this summer’s Olympic Games in the first meet of the Aviva Series 2012

Farah, England and Turner will be joined at the indoor season curtain raiser by a stellar line-up of domestic and international athletes from teams representing Aviva GB & NI, Russia, the USA, Germany and the Commonwealth Select.

And with the IAAF World Indoor Championships on the horizon in March a strong Aviva GB & NI Team, which boasts a real mix of youth and experience, will be looking to dethrone reigning champion Germany at Kelvin Hall this weekend.

Farah, who has fond memories of competing at Kevin Hall after setting a British 3000m record in 2009, will make his Aviva GB & NI Team debut over the shorter distance of 1500m, while England will compete over her trademark 1500m distance and Turner will line up in the 60m hurdles.

UKA head coach Charles Van Commenee said the Aviva International Match was an important fixture for all British athletes looking to commence their 2012 competition schedules at Kelvin Hall.

“It is important we get off to a great start in 2012 and start the year with a strong performance. Those athletes competing in Glasgow as part of their 2012 build-up will be facing world class opposition and it will be interesting to see how they perform this weekend and throughout the indoor season,” he said.

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