16 May 2018 Field Events Confirmed For CityGames Manchester Manchester

MANCHESTER'S city centre will be transformed into an athletics arena as the tenth annual Arcadis Great CityGames comes to town.

A range of sprint events will take place on Deansgate, while Albert Square will host the field events in front of the Town Hall on Friday evening.

Jazmin Sawyers will be competing in the women's long jump. The 23-year-old Commonwealth Games silver medallist will take on British pair Abigail Irozuru and Rebecca Chapman, but her main competition will come from France's Eloyse Lesueur. The 2014 World Indoor Championship gold medallist will be joined by Portugal's Teresa Carvalho.

In the men's pole vault, Great Britain's Luke Cutts will take on competition from across Europe. The 30-year-old British record holder took bronze in last month's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, four years on from winning silver in Glasgow 2014.

He will go up against Adam Hague, who placed fourth on the Gold Coast, but is reigning British indoor pole vault champion.

The domestic hopes will be tested by France's Stanley Joseph, whose season best height of 5.62m is greater than the rest of the field, while Spain's Jorge Urena and Italy's Matteo Capello will also be in contention.

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.

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