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Brit sprinters to meet in Glasgow

2 June 2007
bbc.co.uk

Mark Lewis-Francis, Jason Gardener and Craig Pickering will clash in the 100 metres at Sunday's Glasgow Grand Prix at Scotstoun Stadium.

Lewis-Francis gave a hint of a return to form as he finished third behind world record holder Asafa Powell in Belgrade on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old ran 10.19 secs, with Gardener back in fifth place.

"I have to become much more consistent than I have been in the last few seasons," said Lewis-Francis.

The incentive for the winner of what is being classed as the 100m trial - with no overseas entrants - is the likelihood of EuroCup selection for Munich on 23-24 June.

"I want to run at the European Cup and if I'm not in the 100m would still be hoping to be picked for the relay," continued Lewis-Francis.

"We've got an excellent squad which should again do well.

"Then of course qualifying for the World Championships is very important.

"I've got to put the disappointments of the indoor season behind me and get on with my career."

University of Bath student Pickering will not be too disheartened if he does not triumph on Sunday.

"This is my first big race really so the emphasis here is to see where I'm at," said the 20-year-old.

"It's only the start of the season, whoever wins now is not necessarily going to be the best British athlete come the AAAs or the World Championships."

Tim Benjamin will make his season's 400 metres debut in Glasgow.

Following an injury-ravaged 2006 summer, the 25-year-old Welshman is determined to return to the form of the previous year when he was ranked fourth in the world.

Benjamin is up against Congolese star Gary Kikaya, Commonwealth title holder John Steffenson from Australia and Irishman David Gillick, who defended his European indoor title in March.

Xavier Carter, one of the USA's emerging talents, and former Commonwealth champion Michael Blackwood of Jamaica also run in a very strong race.

Jo Pavey takes on a posse of top Africans over 5,000 metres where it is understood Ethiopia's Meselech Melkamu is aiming to challenge Paula Radcliffe's United Kingdom all-comers' record of 14 mins 31.42 secs.

Goldie Sayers, who broke the British javelin record a fortnight ago, clashes with Germany's European champion Steffi Nerius.

And multi-eventer Kelly Sotherton aims to get the better of Jade Johnson in the long jump.



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