Britain’s gold medal sprinter Adam Gemili (coach: Steve Fudge) will face some of the fastest men on the planet at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix later this month.
Gemili is the latest star attraction to be added to the start list for the world’s number one indoor athletics meeting and will face Britain’s reigning World and European Indoor 60m Champion Richard Kilty (Benke Blomkvist), 2015 world 100m bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell from the USA, and former world and Commonwealth champion, Kim Collins from Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The men’s 60m looks set to be one of the highlights of the sold-out event. Athletes in action in other events include British Athletics ‘Golden Trio’ from London 2012 and last year’s World Championships; Jessica Ennis-Hill (Toni Minichiello), Mo Farah (Alberto Salazar) and Greg Rutherford (Dan Pfaff).
Following a hamstring injury suffered last summer, Gemili made a successful return to action in Cardiff last weekend running a 60m personal best of 6.59 and is looking forward to stepping up his season in Glasgow.
He said: “2015 was bittersweet for me. It was amazing to become only the sixth British man in history to break 10 seconds for the 100m but rupturing my hamstring and missing the World Championships in Beijing was a massive disappointment. Now I’m fit and ready to return and looking forward to the 2016 season.”
“The Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix is the ideal way for me to begin my journey to the Rio Olympic Games. The competition is absolutely top-class and I can’t wait to face so many top athletes. It really is an incredible line-up and I’m very excited.”
The Indoor Grand Prix, ranked as the number one indoor event in the world for the past ten years, will be held in Glasgow for the first time in 2016 as the city alternates hosting the event with Birmingham up to 2020.
Glasgow is one of the world’s great cities of sport and has a rich history of supporting world class athletics.
Now sold-out, the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix is a vital event for British athletes as they prepare for the World Indoor Championships in Portland in March.
Niels de Vos, Chief Executive of British Athletics, said: “The Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix is the best indoor athletics meeting in the world. British sprinting is making incredible strides every year and the sport is excited to see what Adam and his fellow sprinters can achieve this year. The Scottish fans always support athletes from all nations brilliantly and this event will showcase Glasgow’s abilities to stage world-class events.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Adam Gemili is one of the hottest prospects in British Athletics and we are delighted he will be using the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix as his first step on the road to Rio 2016. As the world’s most prestigious indoor events, and one which attracts a host of world-class athletes, fans at the sold out Emirates Arena are set to witness an outstanding day of action during yet another spectacular occasion for Scotland and the city of Glasgow.”
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