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

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

Great North City Games Schedule
Time Event Star Athletes
10.00 Men's Pole Vault Bjorn Otto, 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist
13.10 Women's 100m Hurdles Sally Pearson, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2011 World 100m Hurdles Champion
13.15 Men's Long Jump Christian Taylor, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2011 World Triple Jump Champion
13.18 Women's One Mile Milcah Chemos, 2013 World 3000m Steeplechase Champion
13.28 Men's 150m Kim Collins, 2003 World 100m Champion
13.34 Women's 100m Margaret Adeoye, 2013 UK Indoor 200m Champion
13.43 Men's One Mile Asbel Kiprop, 2011 & 2013 World 1500m Champion, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist
13.56 Men's IPC T43/44 100m Jonnie Peacock, 2012 Paralympic Gold Medalist
14.05 Men's 110m Hurdles Aries Merritt, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, World Record Holder
14.12 Men's 100m James Dasaolu, 2nd Fastest British 100m Runner Ever
14.22 Women's 150m Christine Ohuruogu, 2013 World 400m Champion, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist

Great North Games

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.

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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.

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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.

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