06 JAN 2009 General News

More global medallists line-up for Birmingham

David Payne in the 2008 Olympic semi-finals. He went on to take the silver. (Getty Images)David Payne in the 2008 Olympic semi-finals. He went on to take the silver. (Getty Images) © Copyright

Six more reigning World or Olympic medallists have been added to the stellar field for the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on 21 February. The meeting is one of ten IAAF Indoor Permit meetings in 2009.

Among the additions to the line-up for the showcase meeting at the National Indoor Arena is David Payne, the current high hurdles world bronze medallist and silver medallist at last year’s Olympic Games in Beijing.

Payne will be joined in Birmingham by Kim Collins, the reigning World indoor 60m silver medallist, South African Mbulaeni Mulaudzi who won silver at last year’s World Indoors over 800m, Bahamian Leevan Sands, who claimed Olympic Triple Jump bronze in Beijing, and his compatriot Donald Thomas, the World High Jump champion.

In the women’s field, world 100m bronze medallist Carmelita Jeter will race over 60m.

The new names join others confirmed such as World 1500m and 5000m champion Bernard Lagat, Britain’s World and Olympic 400m winner Christine Ohuruogu, Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, Olympic 800m champion Pamela Jelimo and the Heptathlon champion from Beijing Natalya Dobrynska of Ukraine.

Abigail Thomas for the IAAF