Great North City Games 2013: Schedule, TV Info and Star Athletes

Christopher AtkinsContributor ISeptember 14, 2013

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 12:  Gold medalist Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain poses on the podium for Women's 400 metresduring Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 12, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Great North City Games take place in Gateshead on Saturday, as some of Britain and the world's leading athletes gather for the popular street event.

It is the fifth edition of the Great City Games since the concept's inception in Manchester in 2009, and a field packed full of Olympic and world champions should provide great entertainment on a purpose-built track running through the city.

Last year, 25,000 spectators turned up for the free-of-charge event, per official organisers, and for the first time it will be an individual, rather than team, event.

The competition serves as a warm-up to Sunday's Great North Run, which this year features the current golden boy of British athletics, double Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Most British interest on Saturday will be directed toward 2008 Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu, running at a reduced distance of 150 metres.

The 2013 women's 400-metre world champion has shown speed endurance to win over her preferred distance in the past, but will need to prove she has the acceleration required to compete over shorter circuits if she is to emerge victorious.

Ohuruogu will have strong competition on the day, not least from 2009 World Championship 100-metre finalist Aleen Bailey of Jamaica and American 400-metre specialist Natasha Hastings.

British 100-metre sprinter James Dasaolu will also find himself the centre of attention for the local media after his strong showing at this summer's World Championship, where he reached the final in Moscow.

Having set a time of 9.91 seconds at the British Championship earlier in the year, he is now officially second only to Linford Christie in the all-time charts for British 100-metre runners.

Dasaolu will, though, face strong competition in the form of Dwain Chambers and the former world champion at youth level, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

Other stars on show include Australian hurdles specialist Sally Pearson, an Olympic champion in London last year, and American Christian Taylor, the Olympic triple jump champion, who will compete in the long jump.


TV Broadcast Information

The event will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD from 13 to 14.30 BST on Saturday.