Bolt, Ohuruogu burn rubber in street race

MANCHESTER - Olympic champion Usain Bolt is to be joined by another Beijing gold medallist in Britain's Christine Ohuruogu at next month's City Games road race, organisers said yesterday.

MANCHESTER - Olympic champion Usain Bolt is to be joined by another Beijing gold medallist in Britain's Christine Ohuruogu at next month's City Games road race, organisers said yesterday.

Ohuruogu, the Olympic 400m champion, will be taking part in the women's 150m race in Deansgate on May 17, with Jamaican sprint star Bolt, who won gold in both the 100m and 200m in China last year, competing in the men's event.

"Hopefully this event will be the start of many more similar events all over the world and inspire kids to take up athletics," said Bolt.

Ohuruogu may well be outpaced by sprinters more used to shorter distances but the Londoner, who will use the race as part of her build-up to August's World Championships in Berlin, said: "I am excited about the concept of taking athletics and sprinting to the streets. I was delighted to get the invitation to race in Manchester and compete in this unique event.

"One hundred and fifty metres is much shorter than my normal 400m distance but it will be good preparation for the outdoor season."

Ohuruogu, who turns 25 on May 17, will be up Bahamas star Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie in the city where she won the Commonwealth Games 100m and 200m titles seven years ago. - Sapa AFP

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