Yamile Aldama ready to retain title in Glasgow

World Indoor triple jump champion confirms Glasgow date in British Athletics series

Yamile Aldama (Mark Shearman)

Yamile Aldama will look to retain her title and get 2013 off to the best start possible when she takes to the runway for the first time since August at the British Athletics Glasgow International Match later this month.

The 40-year-old, a comfortable winner in Glasgow last year with a jump of 14.03m, says she is looking forward to competing indoors and hopefully securing that strong start to her season.

“I really enjoy competing indoors and winning at Glasgow last year was a fantastic experience that set me up for my performance at the World Indoors,” said Aldama, who jumped a season’s best 14.82m to take gold in Istanbul last March and overcame a shoulder injury to finish fifth at the Olympic Games in London in August.

“Hopefully I can perform well again this year and give myself good preparation for the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.”

The British Athletics Glasgow International Match will be the first top class athletics meeting to be held at Glasgow’s brand new 5,000 seat state-of-the-art Emirates Arena and will see Great Britain and Northern Ireland go head-to-head with teams from the Commonwealth, Germany, Russia and the USA in the unique international format.

“The Emirates Arena looks like a fantastic facility and it’s a great opportunity to be able to compete there,” added Aldama. “It’s always great to jump on home soil and I’m sure the Glasgow crowd will create another brilliant atmosphere and give plenty of support to the British athletes.”

Amongst those that Aldama will face in Glasgow is 2005 World champion and double-Commonwealth gold medallist Trecia Smith of Jamaica, who will represent the Commonwealth Select team.

Also competing in Glasgow will be World Indoor 4x400m relay champion Perri Shakes-Drayton, Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz, World Indoor pole vault bronze medallist Holly Bleasdale, World Indoor long jump bronze medallist Shara Proctor, former World 100m Champion Kim Collins and Scotland’s three-time Olympian Lee McConnell.

» You can catch the British Athletics Glasgow International Match action live on BBC1 between 13:30-16:30 on January 26.

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