Pair to compete in one of the few 600m races held on the European circuit at this weekend’s British Athletics International Match
World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene and Olympic 800m finalist Andrew Osagie are set to go head-to-head over 600m at the British Athletics Glasgow International Match at the Emirates Arena on Saturday.
In the British Athletics Glasgow International Match’s unique five team format, Osagie will compete in GB&NI colours whilst Greene will represent a Commonwealth Select team as they take on athletes from the USA, Germany and Russia in the first international athletics event to be held at Glasgow’s new state of the art 5,000 seat arena.
And although competition will be fierce between the two Brits, it’s Duane Solomon, who finished fourth in the 800m at the Olympic Games last year, who is likely to pose the most serious threat, with the American having run 1:16.42 over 600m last year.
Alongside victory, both athletes are also sure to have their sights set on Ikem Billy’s 28-year-old British indoor 600m record of 1:17.6.
Glasgow will be Greene’s first 600m race since 2006, when he recorded a time of 1:18.8 indoors, whilst Osagie’s only 600m was a 1:20.70 performance outdoors in 2008.
“I had a fantastic year in 2012 – to win a World Indoor medal, reach the Olympic final and run a personal best all in the same year was a dream come true,” said Osagie. “I want to kick on and keep this momentum going and the indoor events in the British Athletics Series give me a perfect platform to do just that.
“It’s going to be really interesting to test myself in the 600m, it is the first race of the season and shorter than my normal distance but it is great to race over different distances and will give me an idea of where my speed is at. The prospect of going up against Dai (Greene) is also something I’m really looking forward to, so hopefully we can give the crowd a great race at the Emirates Arena.”
Greene, who has held European, Commonwealth and World titles over 400m hurdles, will be looking to get his season off to a strong start after being hindered by injury in 2012.
“This year I will be defending my World title, so it’s really important that I hit the ground running with a strong start in Glasgow,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to getting a full winter’s training under my belt after last year’s was interrupted, so to compete at this brand new facility in front of a packed crowd is something I’m really excited about.”