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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Birmingham wins training contracts with US and Jamaican track teams

After enduring tiresome jokes for lodging one of the most uninspiring bids in Olympic history, Birmingham will have the last laugh when it plays host to the biggest stars of athletics in 2012.

Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, and US sprinting stars, including Bolt’s closest rival, Tyson Gay, will become well known to local people in the build-up to the London Games after Britain’s second-biggest city landed two of the most sought-after international teams for pre-Games training.

The US track and field team is to sign a contract today for a pre-Games training camp that Birmingham officials have claimed will deliver a return of £9 million and put the city at the centre of the excitement in the month before the opening ceremony in London.

Despite what will be tight security around the most high-profile team at the Games, US officials have promised that their stars will mingle freely, visiting local schools and athletics clubs and holding open training sessions.

Source:timesonline.co.uk