31 August 2016 Cheer On Team GB's Olympians At Great North CityGames NewcastleGateshead

GREAT Britain's Olympic heroes will top the bill at the Great North CityGames on Saturday 10 September – giving fans one of their first opportunities to see the newly crowned athletes in action after the Rio de Janeiro games.

With 67 medals across 19 sports, the Olympic Games held in Brazil were the most successful ever for Team GB.

They finished second in the medal table, ahead of China, with 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze medals – their best finish in 108 years since topping the list at London 1908.

Medal-winning athletes in Rio will take to the track at NewcastleGateshead on Saturday, September 10 – giving athletics fans their first glimpse of the Team GB stars after their return from Brazil.

Greg Rutherford, members of the 100m women's relay team and 4x400m relay bronze medallist Anyika Onuora will be showing off their silverware alongside British 1500m record holder Laura Muir at the unique athletics event, which sees thousands of fans descend on the banks of the Tyne.

Rutherford is determined to end his season on a high by sealing victory in the Great North CityGames.

The 29-year-old was a bronze medallist in the long jump in Rio having won gold in London 2012, and is looking forward to taking on his first event post-Rio at a venue where he has excelled in the past.

“Adding a bronze medal to the gold from 2012 is something to be proud of,” he said. “I'd put a lot of hard work in and I was glad to see it pay off in Rio.

“I'm really excited to be competing at the Great North CityGames. I'm sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere - there is much to celebrate and I can't wait to be part of it.”

The 100m men's relay team, which finished fifth in the final, will be well-represented in NewcastleGateshead with Richard Kilty, CJ Ujah, and James Dasaolu contesting the 100m sprint, as teammates Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Ojie Edoburun take on the 150m distance.

For Kilty, the trip to Tyneside is a home fixture, the 26-year-old sprinter hailing from nearby Stockton on Tees. He said: “It's always good to come back to the North-East, especially when it is to compete, and I'm looking forward to this event.

“It's always exciting to be running on this track, with the crowd right on top of the action, and it's a nice way to end the season.”

Danny Talbot, the 200m semi-finalist in Rio, makes up the British contingent in the men's sprints.

Over 500m the British team will feature Martyn Rooney, who led the men's 4x400m relays home in their semi-final in Rio in first place - only to be disqualified in controversial circumstances.

While Mo Farah will be gunning for his third Great North Run victory on the Sunday, Andy Butchart, who finished sixth in the 5,000m final in which Farah victored, will take on the mile distance at the Great North CityGames.

Butchart's 13:08.61 in Rio was the UK's third-fastest 5,000m of all time, and the 5,000m British champion from Dunblane, Scotland, will face competition from 41-year-old American Bernard Lagat who pipped the Scotsman to fifth place in Rio, and another star name yet to be announced.

The 24-year-old Scotsman said: “It'll be good to return to Newcastle. I pulled up short last time out so I've got a bit of unfinished business there.

“The whole Olympic experience was amazing, to finish sixth in an Olympic final is something that I'm very proud of and it'll be good to see everybody again for the Great North CityGames.”

Team GB's bronze medal-winning 100m women's relay team will be out in force on the banks of the Tyne. Asha Philip will contest the 100m, while in the 150m, Philip's relay teammate Desiree Henry will be up against Jodie Williams, 200m semi-finalist in Rio.

Great CityGames favourite Tiffany Porter returns to NewcastleGateshead, where she defends her CityGames title, fresh from making the final of the 100m hurdles in Rio.

The 28-year-old, who has won her last five CityGames outings in Tyneside and Manchester respectively, is looking forward to her return to the North-East.

She said: “I am a big fan of the Great CityGames and I can't wait to come back. Having the crowd so close gives you a big lift and it always makes it a special day.”

In the 500m Aniyka Onoura, bronze medallist in the 4x400m relays in Rio, will take on Lynsey Sharp, who finished sixth in the Olympic 800m final dominated by South African Caster Semenya, alongside Seren Bundy-Davies, who reached the semi-finals of the 400m.

Over the mile, Laura Muir, who broke the British 1500m record for the second time in five weeks at the Diamond League in Lausanne - just days after the Olympics - will lead the way having finished seventh in the final of the 1500m in Rio.

The line-up features some of the brightest names in British distance running with Steph Twell joining fellow Olympians Eilish McColgan and Laura Weightman.

Holly Bradshaw will take on the pole vault after she finished fifth in the Olympic final with a season-best 4.70m.

The Great North CityGames, which will be shown live on BBC One from 14:00, is part of a weekend celebration of sport in Newcastle, taking place on the same day as the Great North 5k and the Junior and Mini Great North Run on Saturday ahead of Britain's biggest running event, the Great North Run on Sunday 11 September.

For more information and up to date athlete announcements please visit: greatcitygames.org/Newcastle or search #citygames2016 

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