Star names of athletics added to Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham
Jan 2 2009 Athletics
Next month's Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham has added six more reigning Olympic or world medallists to an already stellar line-up.
The showcase meeting at the National Indoor Arena on February 21 will see American David Payne, the Olympic 110metres hurdles runner-up, competing in the 60m hurdles.
Joining Payne will be St Kitt's & Nevis' Kim Collins who shared the world indoor 60m silver medal with Dwain Chambers last March, although the Briton himself still remains ineligible to compete at Euro Group meetings.
World indoors 800m silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa and Bahamian Leevan Sands, the Olympic triple jump bronze in Beijing, plus his compatriot Donald Thomas, the world high jump champion, are also coming to the NIA.
The 2007 world 100m bronze medallist Carmelita Jeter of the United States will race over 60m.
They join the confirmed entries of the USA's 1,500m and 5,000m champion Bernard Lagat and Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia.
Kenya's Olympic 800m champion Pamela Jelimo and the heptathlon champion from Beijing Natalya Dobrynska of the Ukraine also compete, the latter in a special three-event schedule against Kelly Sotherton.
Olympic 400m gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu is another top Briton running.
Meeting director Ian Stewart said: "To have so many medallists from the recent major championships signed up already is hugely exciting for the meeting. It's always a superb show, but I've got a feeling 2009 is going to be even better."
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