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Sharp ready to take in ‘electric’ crowd in Glasgow – IAAF Diamond League

British 800m runner Lynsey Sharp (Getty Images)British 800m runner Lynsey Sharp (Getty Images) © Copyright

European 800m champion Lynsey Sharp will compete at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix at Hampden Park on 11-12 July, the first of two IAAF Diamond League meetings to be held in Britain.

Sharp has only just returned to action after nine months on the side-lines and showed a promising return to form last weekend, clocking 2:01.68 – her third victory in successive weekends. The 23-year-old is now excited to get among the world’s best in her first IAAF Diamond League appearance in nearly two years.

“It’s going to be a great occasion to step foot inside Hampden Park for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix in July,” said the Olympic semi-finalist. “It’s going to be like the Commonwealth Games in two days and I know that the atmosphere is going to be electric.

“As soon as the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix was announced, this was the event that I was targeting on my comeback from injury. I’ve watched Rangers play at the stadium many times, but to be able to step on the track and compete in front of a home crowd is going to be something I’ll never forget.

“It’s been a long road to recovery, but to have this event to focus on makes all the hours spent rehabbing worth it,” added the daughter of five-time Commonwealth Games medallist Cameron Sharp.

It will be a three-way battle of the Brits in the 800m in Glasgow with Sharp going head-to-head with world junior silver medallist Jessica Judd and EEuropean under-23 1500m bronze medallist Laura Muir. Despite not having the best preparation to the 2014 season, Sharp is ready to put her all into giving the home crowd the biggest cheer of the weekend.

“I know the Scottish public will be looking to get behind me and I’m determined to put a strong show on for them. I haven’t been a part of the Diamond League since 2012, so to be back and competing against a world-class field is more than I could ask for.”

Sharp will be joined in Glasgow by double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah, 2011 world 100m champion Yohan Blake, world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford, 2003 world 100m champion Kim Collins, world junior 100m champion Adam Gemili and world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty.

Organisers for the IAAF

2014 IAAF Diamond League calendar

Doha, QAT – 9 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
Eugene, USA – 31 May
Rome, ITA – 5 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 11 Jun
New York, USA – 14 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 3 Jul
Paris, FRA – 5 Jul
Glasgow, GBR – 11-12 Jul
Monaco, MON – 18 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 21 Aug
Birmingham, GBR – 24 Aug
Zurich, SUI – 28 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 5 Sep