Trayvon Bromell To Light Up Manchester

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THE HOTTEST prospect in world sprinting will be lining up at the Co-op Bank Great CityGames Manchester later this month after Trayvon Bromell became the latest world-class name to be unveiled for the prestigious meeting.

American Bromell, 21, will take on sprint stars Richard Kilty, CJ Ujah and Kim Collins in what will be a hotly-anticipated 100m race down Deansgate in Manchester on Friday, May 20.

All four sprinters are expected to be in action in Rio for the Olympic Games later this summer, with Bromell at the forefront of a new generation expected to take up the mantle from Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay.

Bromell burst on to the senior scene in 2015 with his third-place finish in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, behind Bolt and Justin Gatlin, with a time of 9.92. His 9.84 achieved in the USA trials for that event made him the joint tenth fastest man in history.

In 2014, he became the first junior to break the ten-second barrier when he ran 9.97 at the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Bromell got 2016 off to a flying start by winning the 60m in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, and will continue his outdoor season on the purpose-built track in Manchester.

For the first time the event will be staged on a Friday evening, between 17:00 and 19:30 on 20 May, where spectators will be able to witness some of the world's best sprinting talent at close quarters.

“I have heard all about the CityGames and I can't wait to get out there and show what I can do,” said Bromell.

“This is a big year for me, and it's important that I get the preparations right.

“I look to improve and develop with every day, with the aim of putting in a great performance and making the US team, getting to Rio, performing to the best of my ability and hopefully getting on the podium.

“Performing well in Manchester will be ideal.”

Bromell, making his CityGames debut on Deansgate, will face competition from experienced sprinters in Kilty and Collins.

Collins, the St Kitts and Nevis 40-year-old who won the World Championships in 2003 and took Commonwealth gold in Manchester in 2002, returns to the north-west as he plots an assault on the Olympic Games.

He said: “I really love the CityGames meets, being so close to the fans and feeling the buzz of the city as we race on the track is just an amazing feeling.

“It's a big year for me with Rio coming up and I can't wait to compete in Manchester again and really get my outdoor season started!”

The event provides a unique opportunity to see top athletes from across the globe compete in an urban environment.  The event takes place on the Great CityGames track on Deansgate in the heart of the city, and at the purpose built athletics arena in Albert Square.

This year's event will serve as the perfect curtain-raiser for a fantastic summer of international competition.

The Co-op Great CityGames, which will be shown live on BBC Two from 18:00, is part of a weekend celebration of sport in Manchester. It is followed by the Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run on Saturday and Europe's biggest 10K, the Great Manchester Run, on Sunday.

For more information on the Co-op Great CityGames, visit here