2012 Powerade Great CityGames Manchester: Dwain Chambers & Sanya Richards-Ross, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Dwain Chambers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dwain Chambers & Sanya Richards-Ross will be two of the major athletes competing in the Powerade Great CityGames Manchester, one of the most creative sport marketing presentations of track and field ever. The company that puts on the event, Nova, is the same company that puts on the Bupa events.

Founded by Brendan Foster, the former British track star and Olympic (bronze medalist 1976, 10,000m), who was a former Nike executive, Nova Inspiring Events, manages some of the top fitness events in the UK.

Quite frankly, the Powerade Great CityGames Manchester are the kind of events that should be run in the United States.


MANCHESTER (GBR): Great Britain's number one sprinter Dwain Chambers will make his first outdoor appearance of the year on European soil when competing over 150 meters at the Powerade Great CityGames Manchester on May 20. Chambers faces a testing outing in Manchester competing against American Walter Dix, last year's IAAF World Championships 100 meters and 200m silver medallist, Trinidad's Richard Thompson the 2008 Olympic 100m runner up and fellow Briton Marlon Devonish. The quality of the line up at the innovative street meeting, taking place on a purpose built straight track, will see the quartet eyeing Usain Bolt's world best performance of 14.35 seconds - set at the inaugural meeting in 2009. With Dix believing he is in shape to attack the USA record of 14.51sec that Tyson Gay achieved at the Manchester event a year ago, Chambers could challenge the British best performance of 14.87sec in what should be a speedy encounter. Chambers runs also this weekend in Ponce, Puerto-Rico. The meeting will also see the USA's Sanya Richards-Rossin action, she is expected to be one of the biggest challengers to take away Christine Ohuruogu's Olympic 400m title at the London Games. Now her Olympic build up will see the 27-year-old superstar compete over 200m in a line up which includes Czech Denisa Rosolova the reigning European Indoor 400m title holder and Nicola Sanders who was second behind fellow Brit Ohuruogu over one lap at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. Informs David Martin.


Powerade Great CityGames Manchester, photo courtesy of Nova

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