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Campbell, Felix, Richards set up half-lap clash in Sheffield

26 June 2007

By Gary Smith

Another super star lineup has been announced for the July 15 Norwich Union British Grand Prix in Sheffield and yet again it is a half-lap race.

Following the announcement of the men’s field which will include Wallace Spearmon, Xavier Carter, though he is currently injured and Jamaica’s new national record holder Usain Bolt, the organisers have scheduled a match-up between three of the biggest names in sprinting for the women’s clash.

Olympic champion Veronica Campbell, World champion Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards, the World no.1 over the 400m will go head-to-head at the Don Valley Stadium on 15 July.

Felix topped Richards at the U.S. Championships on Sunday in close race, while Campbell sped away to take the women’s sprint double in Kingston at the Jamaican trials and Felix believes the women’s 200m is approaching its prime.

“There is no doubting that things are hotting-up in the sprint field now, with all of us putting in some good performances,” said Felix.

“I’m pleased with the way that I’ve been running, having won both the 100m and 400m in Doha in May, and the 200m at the US trials and so I can’t wait to return to the Don Valley because I won there two years ago.”

Felix is the world-leader, at 22.18, Campbell’s best in 2007 is 22.39, while Richards has a 22.43 year mark and with the trio more than likely to be among the top finishers at the worlds, the match-up will boost their eager to go even faster before Osaka.

“The Norwich Union British Grand Prix in Sheffield is going to have a loaded line-up, which is great because I thrive on racing in big competitions.

“Whether it will provide an insight into what might happen at the World Championships we will have to wait and see, but I can guarantee that nobody will want to lose.”

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