The latest names for the Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester have been announced, as street level athletics returns to the city centre.
The Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester will take place on the evening of Friday 26 May on the purpose-built sprint track on Deansgate and in a pop-up athletics arena in Albert Square in the heart of the city.
Orlando Ortega, Spain’s silver medallist at Rio 2016, will return to Manchester to take on the 110m hurdles.
Ortega last appeared at a CityGames in 2015 where he swept to victory in a race that saw American David Oliver fall, and he is hoping for a similar outcome on Deansgate this month.
He said: “I’m looking forward to returning to Manchester. The atmosphere was amazing last time - I really enjoyed the meet.
“With the World Championships coming up, this is a very important year for everyone so that should make the competition fierce.”
Ortega will be taking on British pair David King and David Omoregie alongside Frenchman Aurel Manga in the race, which will be televised on BBC Two.
Omoregie said: “Street athletics are always great fun and I’m sure Manchester will be no different. I think all the British guys enjoy coming to these meets as it gives athletics fans a different perspective.
“We’re all competing with each other for places at the Worlds so that should give it an extra edge in Manchester.”
Seb Rodger will battle it out with Jack Green and Jacob Paul in the 200m hurdles, with Thomas Barr representing Ireland in the race.
Rodger, who ran for Great Britain in the 2016 Rio Olympics, won the equivalent race on Deansgate a year ago, and is looking forward to his return visit to the city.
He said: “Manchester is a great city and it will be fantastic to come back and compete in front of so many people. 200m hurdles in a straight line takes some getting used to so that will be a bit of a leveller and it will be very hard to call on the day with such a strong domestic line up.”
In the women’s 100m hurdles, Tiffany Porter returns to Manchester where she will be aiming to continue her unbeaten run on Deansgate, which stretches back to 2014.
The European champion will be up against Olympic, world and Commonwealth champion Sally Pearson.
The 30-year-old won gold in the 100m hurdles at London 2012, a year on from victory in the World Championships in Daegu, and is also a World Indoor Athletics champion over 60m.
Pearson is best known to CityGames fans having pulled off an unusual double by winning the 110m hurdles in Gateshead in 2013, before following it up with victory over 150m, with only 75 minutes break between both events.
The sprint track, a 250m length of specially constructed running surface, will be moved for 2017, at a new location further down Deansgate, alongside Great Northern Warehouse.
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 on a live 90-minute programme on BBC Two and BBC Two HD from 6pm until 7.30pm.