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Ohuruogu to compete in Manchester

Christine Ohuruogu
Ohuruogu faces former Commonwealth champion Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie

Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu is the latest athlete to commit to next month's Great City Games in Manchester.

The 24-year-old joins triple Beijing sprint gold medallist Usain Bolt at the innovative event featuring men and women's 150m races on 17 May.

She said: "150m is much shorter than my normal distance but it will be good preparation for the outdoor season."

Ohuruogu will face Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie in her race.

Although the Londoner will be at a disadvantage when she takes on dedicated sprinters, she is looking forward to the event in her build- up to this summer's World Championships in Berlin.

"I am excited about the concept of taking athletics and sprinting to the streets," said the world champion.

"I was delighted to get the invitation to race in Manchester and compete in this unique event.

Mark Lewis-Francis, the 2004 Olympic 4x100m gold medallist, and World University Games title holder Simeon Williamson have already committed themselves to challenging double world record holder Bolt.

see also
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics
Bolt to run on Manchester streets
18 Mar 09 |  Athletics

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