A YOUTHFUL domestic hurdling lineup will take on European experience over 100m at this Friday’s Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester.
Great Britain’s Alicia Barrett and Yasmin Miller will go head to head with Norwegian hurdler Isabelle Pedersen and Belarus’ Alina Talay on the pop-up track on Deansgate on Friday night.
Reigning British 100m champion Barrett, 20, made her Commonwealth Games debut last month and qualified for the 100m hurdles final on the Gold Coast and is a previous European U20 Championships silver medallist.
Miller, 22, was World U20 Champion as part of the 4x100m relay team and finished fourth in the 100m.
Pedersen raced in Birmingham at the World Indoor Championships, finishing sixth in the 60m hurdles at the National Indoor Arena, and finished second to Australia’s Sally Pearson in last year’s Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester.
Talay goes into the event with the strongest pedigree as a World Championship bronze medallist, a bronze winner in the World Indoor Championships, a gold and silver winner in the European Championships and a two-time gold medallist in the European Indoor Championships.
She has represented her country at two Olympic Games, in London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The live, city-centre athletics competition is a headline date in the city's packed sporting calendar. Since its inception in 2009 the event has brought some of the biggest names in international sport to the city including Olympic heroes Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford.
The Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester is completely free to spectate, taking athletics out of the stadium and on to the streets. It will give thousands of spectators the opportunity to experience the sport from a unique perspective, while showcasing the best of Manchester live on BBC Two.
The event is part of a packed weekend of sport in the city that includes thousands of runners of all abilities taking on the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, which offers a 10K and half marathon distance.