09 September 2016 Practice Makes Perfect For Sharp NewcastleGateshead

The Great North CityGames is free to watch, no ticket is required. The event is also broadcast live on BBC One from 2.15pm until 4.15pm

LYNSEY SHARP is hoping that practice will make perfect when she takes on the rarely-raced 500m distance at this weekend’s Great North CityGames.

Sharp, who finished sixth in the Olympic 800m final, will drop down to the 500m where she will race against an all British line-up including 4X400m relay bronze medallist Anyika Onuora.

None of her competitors have raced the 500m on the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside before, so she feels she has an instant advantage over the rest of the field.

She said of the street-level athletics meeting: “It’s so fun. I did it two years ago in 2014, and it’s a great one to end the season on. Last time I did it I flew straight from Brussels so I couldn’t enjoy it as I was so tired, but it’s nice to be here a couple of days early.

“We used to come here when I was younger and visit Newcastle so it’s cool to be back and be competing in such a unique environment, and the 500m is going to be interesting.

“I remember it being very tough last time. I went off really hard - maybe that’s the only way. The hard part is not being able to see the finish line and not having the distance markers, then the change in surface from road to track. I’m the only one that has done it before so I’ve got that advantage.

“If it was 600m I’d back myself a bit more but the others wouldn’t do it then - I ran an alright time last time I was here. I’ve trained on the road so I’ve had plenty of practice.”

The Great North CityGames is free to watch, no ticket is required. The event is also broadcast live on BBC One from 2.15pm until 4.15pm

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