American speedster Carmelita Jeter, who last season became the world’s second fastest woman to ever over 100 metres, will line up at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on February 20.
“I can’t wait to return to the National Indoor Arena for the Aviva Grand Prix. I had a great time there, winning the 60m in a new personal best for me,” she said.
“There was a very strong field of names in the line-up and I’ve no doubt that this season’s Aviva Grand Prix will be the same, which means it will be tough to retain my title.
“But it’s a challenge I relish and am up for.”
Jeter, only won the bronze medal behind Jamaicans Shelly Ann Fraser and Kerron Stewart at the World Championships in August, but she returned in September to dominate all her rivals to finish the season with stunning personal best of 10.64seconds – achieved during the Shanghai Grand Prix meeting.
She has a personal best of 7.11secs for the 60m, but is expected to go faster, with her eyes even set on breaking the Russian Irina Privalova’s long-standing 6.92secs world record.
The American is also looking towards the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
She said: “One of the best things about returning to Birmingham is that it gives me an opportunity to familiarise myself with the city in the build-up to London 2012.
“I hope I have the opportunity to see a bit more of it when I visit in February; it’s definitely a great place to have a holding camp for the Olympics.”
By Gary Smith, World-Track