WORLD Champion Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake will take on the evergreen Kim Collins in the Great North CityGames next weekend.
Mitchell-Blake was the anchor in Great Britain's victorious 4x100m men's relay team that took glory at the World Championships in London last month, and will line up against 41-year-old Collins over 150m on the pop-up track on Gateshead's quayside.
St Kitts and Nevis' Collins, the 2003 world and 2002 Commonwealth champion shows no signs of ageing and will return to a CityGames track for the ninth time.
Taking place on Saturday, 9 September, the free to spectate athletics meeting is the traditional curtain-raiser to the weekend of sport on Tyneside which culminates in the Simplyhealth Great North Run, giving spectators a chance to witness top-class athletics at close quarters.
Mitchell-Blake and Collins will be joined by British sprinter and CityGames regular Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, while American Ameer Webb completes the quartet.
With a range of events on offer from 100m sprints to the one-mile distance, and including pole-vault and long jump in a specially constructed multi sports arena on the banks of the Tyne, the Great North CityGames kicks off a weekend of first-class sporting action which encompasses the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run, the Simplyhealth Great North 5k and finishes with the world-famous Simplyhealth Great North Run on the Sunday.
The athletics action is free to watch, no ticket is required, and the event is broadcast live on BBC One from 1.15pm.