Haile Gebrselassie at the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships (© Allsport) © Copyright
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Gebrselassie to run in Gateshead

IAAF Grand Prix II circuit stops in Gateshead this weekend with some big athletes to watch.

Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie – who will run the mile – and Britons Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards lead the field of entrants.

In the triple jump, world record holder Jonathan Edwards will face strong opposition from Russian Denis Kapustin who defeated him just one week ago in the European Cup in Paris. This time, Edwards will have the crowd on his side. "It makes you gain some important centimetres." Edwards said.

In the women’s event, world indoor champion Hashia Hansen faces another European Cup winner, Romanian Cristina Nicolau and Italian born-British Fiona May whose appearance in the event is always interesting.

Colin Jackson will be the favourite of a 110m hurdles race which sees the participation of Commonwealth champion Tony Jarrett and 1996 Olympic bronze medallist Florian Schwartoff.

The 100m race should be an English affair with Dwain Chambers who recently clocked 9.99 ahead of a field which includes Darren Campbell and Jason Gardener.

The women’s 400m race should offer a great competition between 1997 world champion Cathy Freeman and 1997 silver medallist Sandie Richards.