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Christine Ohuruogu To Race Over 150m At Great City Games

By Gary Smith

Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu
Great Britain’s Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu will race against fellow countrywoman and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis over 150m at the Manchester Great City Games next month.

Last year Ohuruogu, who won gold at the Beijing Games in the quarter-mile, finished second to Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie.

“The Great City Games was a brilliant event – a 150m track laid in the middle of the city,” said Ohuruogu.

“Despite the weather the atmosphere was great as the crowd really got into it.”

Ferguson will compete against American 400m world champion Sania Richards in the 200m.

In the men’s 150m last year, Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt set a world record when he floated away from the field in the pouring rain to set a world best of 14.35sec.

Bolt, however, will not be in action in Manchester this term, but world 100m silver medallist Tyson Gay and world 200m silver medallist Alonso Edwards will race on the specially erected track on 16 May.

It is still not certain as to which event Gay will race over as yet, but Edwards has been confirmed to race in the 150m.

Usain Bolt to run at Penn Relays

World sprint double and relay world record holder Usain Bolt, will compete at the Penn Relays as part of the USA vs. the World event April 24, USA Track and Field announced Thursday.

The Jamaican sprint ace is scheduled to compete in the men’s 4×100 relay and event he ran on the third leg when Jamaica smashed the world record at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He established world records in the 100 (9.58 seconds) and the 200 (19.19) at last summer’s World Outdoor Championships in Berlin.

Bolt won three gold medals in Beijing – setting world records of 9.69 in the 100 and 19.30 in the 200 and being part of a world-record time of 37.10 in the 4×100.

“We are thrilled that Usain Bolt will be running at the Penn Relays,” carnival director Dave Johnson said in a statement released by Penn. “He ran here four years in a row as a teenager, and this will be his first time back since he became the sport’s biggest star.”

Usain Bolt unlikely to challenge 400m WR until After 2012

Jamaican sprint sensation, the exciting Usain Bolt says he is unlikely to target Michael Johnson’s 400m world record until after his London 2012 mission.

American Johnson, world record holder is set at 43.18 seconds and he has suggested the Olympic and world 100m and 200m champion should change events.

However, Bolt said: “The 400m is painful! I think it is somewhere in the future but hopefully after 2012.”

He clocked an impressive 43.58s split at a recent 4×400 relay and will run over 300m in the Czech Republic in May…..Read More

Michael Johnson still pushing for Usain Bolt to run the 400m

Usain Bolt should run the 400m - Michael Johnson

American sprint legend Michael Johnson believes Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt should consider moving up to 400m after an impressive relay display last month.

Bolt clocked a 43.58-second split in a 4×400 relay at the Gibson Relay meet in Jamaica 10 days ago.

American Johnson’s world record from a standing start is 43.18 sec and his best split time in a relay – from a rolling start – was 42.94.

“He has the ability to be a world record holder. If it were me, I would move to the 400 now,” said Johnson.

“It’s not surprising to me. He understands, though, that it will take a lot more work training for the 400 than for the 100 and 200.

“I think ultimately he will have to choose another event because eventually there will be no motivation to continue at 100 and 200 since he has already achieved everything there,” he added…..Read More

Britain's hurdles champion Callum Priestley tests positive

Britain’s Callum Priestley has been provisionally suspended from all competition and UK Athletics’ World Class Performance Programme following an anti-doping violation.

Sprint hurdler Priestley, 21, has been suspended under IAAF rules after analysis of his B sample indicated the presence of the asthma drug clenbuterol.

The suspension follows an out-of-competition test in South Africa in January.

Priestley, who won the 60m hurdles at the UK Championships in Sheffield last month, has the opportunity to respond to the charge against him, including the right to a full hearing of the case.

If found guilty, he will face a two-year ban.

UK Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos said: “I am hugely disappointed that there has been a failed test.

“UKA continues to give 100% support to the work of UK Anti Doping

and we maintain our full commitment to drug-free sport.”