OLYMPIC gold medallist Aries Merritt will be the man to beat in the 110m hurdles race at this weekend’s Great North CityGames on Tyneside.
The 32-year-old American holds the world record over the 110m distance and took gold in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and has been in prolific form this year winning three times in the Diamond League series of events.
Merritt will line up against compatriot Jarrett Eaton on the pop-up track alongside Gateshead’s quayside in the free-to-spectate event on Saturday, 9 September.
British interest comes in the form Jake Porter, the British indoor 60m hurdles and outdoor 110m hurdles bronze medallist, while Czech athlete Petr Svoboda, the 2011 European Indoor 60mh champion, will also compete.
With a range of events on offer from 100m sprints to the one-mile distance, and including pole-vault and long jump in a specially constructed multi sports arena on the banks of the Tyne, the Great North CityGames kicks off a weekend of first-class sporting action which encompasses the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run, the Simplyhealth Great North 5k and finishes with the world-famous Simplyhealth Great North Run on the Sunday.
The athletics action is free to watch, no ticket is required, and the event is broadcast live on BBC One from 1.15pm.