01 APR 2010 General News Manchester, UK

Richards-Ross confirmed for 200m street race in Manchester

Sanya Richards celebrates as she crosses the line to win her first 400m global title at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics (Getty Images)Sanya Richards celebrates as she crosses the line to win her first 400m global title at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics (Getty Images) © Copyright
2009 World Athlete of the Year Sanya Richards-Ross will take to the streets of Manchester at the CityGames on 16 May.

The World 400m champion will compete over 200 metres on a specially constructed track at the second staging of the CityGames. That same day, the event will host the BUPA Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
 
The 25-year-old American, who married New York Giants football star Aaron Ross in February, will face Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, the Bahamian winner over 150m at last year’s meeting who took the 100m and 200m titles at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Organisers have already announced that American Tyson Gay, the former world 100m and 200m champion and second fastest man in history in the 100m, and Christine Ohuruogu the Olympic 400m title holder, will compete over distances yet to be announced.
 
Reigning World Heptathlon and Pentathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis is also a confirmed entry to race over 150m.

Organisers for the IAAF