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Monday, May 20, 2013

American Allyson Felix Ready For 150m Face Off

ALLYSON FELIX, the 2012 IAAF World Female Athlete of the Year, has thrown her name into the hat for what should be a riveting 150m clash with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at next Saturday's BT Great CityGames Manchester. Felix, who took gold at the 200m at the 2012 Games, will take on Fraser-Pryce, the 100m champion, as they both split the difference in the 150m down Deansgate. Felix, who in the two previous Olympic Games finished as 200m silver medallist, finally grabbed the title she had yearned for in London last August before adding to her tally in the triumphant Team USA 4x100m and 4x100m relay teams. Now the 27-year-old Californian is returning to the innovative street meeting for the third time. On her first appearance three years ago, the American produced an awesome display, winning with a World 200m best performance time of 22.55. Twelve months later she went even faster, clocking another fabulous mark of 22.12 and also achieving a roaring time of 16.48 in the 150m. Had it not been for the over-the-limit following wind on the day, she would have achieved a world best mark for that distance. Felix, a supporter of the unique street racing concept said after her last visit: "It's just fun, and great to see the fans out supporting, even in this rain! I just love to be so close to them all, I can’t wait to come back again." Felix will fly in for what will be a testing head-to-head with Fraser-Pryce straight from the World Challenge meeting in Beijing where she is competing on Tuesday. “This race will produce an electric atmosphere," said Pete Riley, the BT CityGames Manchester, elite athlete manager. “Felix has the advantage of running down a straight track before, but Shelly-Ann is a game competitor who loves new challenges. With their intense rivalry, I’m pretty confident we should see a strong attack on the World 150m best performance." The BT GreatCity Games Manchester will take place on May 25 on an IAAF certified, purpose built track and pop-up athletics arena in the city centre. All events are completely free to spectate and no tickets are required. Source : voice-online