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World-class athletics returns to Kelvin Hall

24/01/2011

​World-class athletics returns to Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena this weekend when some of the world’s top track and field stars compete in the Aviva International Match. 

Among those taking part are World and European 800m medallists Jenny Meadows and Marilyn Okoro who will do battle in the 800m. This year’s fastest hurdler, US star David Oliver will be going head-to-head with newly-crowned European and Commonwealth champion Andy Turner. World and European heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis has also announced her participation.

Events include the pole vault, triple jump, long jump, high jump, 60m hurdles, 200m, 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m, with the crown guaranteed an exceptional day of genuine world-class athletics. A limited number of tickets for the match on Saturday 29 January are still available by telephoning 08000 55 60 56.

European and Commonwealth champion Andy Turner said: “I'm hoping the fans in Glasgow will really get behind me because David is currently the best in the hurdler world and the races will be tough. Getting points for your team at the Aviva International Match is added motivation, so I will have that in mind.”

Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “It is a hugely exciting time for sport in Glasgow as preparations for the 2014 Games move up a gear. We are committed to delivering the best possible Games and events such well help us do just that. The Aviva Match is also a fantastic opportunity for Glasgow to reinforce its position one of the top sporting cities in the world.”

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: “Over the years the Kelvin Hall has hosted some of the world’s best athletes and we are delighted that proud tradition will continue this weekend. This year we have a particularly strong group including World and Commonwealth medalists so we are looking forward to an event of the highest quality. I am sure the Glasgow crowd will bring out the best in those taking part and once again ensure it is a day to remember.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, the national events agency said: “In the run up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, it is great to see such an interest in athletics in Scotland. Glasgow will host the first of the Aviva International series which gives fans a wonderful opportunity to see a strong line-up of athletes on their doorstep.

“EventScotland are delighted to be supporting this event once again and we are sure it will provide a perfect showcase of the experience and success that Glasgow and Scotland have in staging international events.”

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