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Athletes set for season curtain-raiser in LoughboroughMay 19, 2017
A look ahead to the Loughborough International Athletics match between England, Scotland, British Juniors, Wales, Loughborough Students and British Universities at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium
The Loughborough International Athletics event is traditionally the opener for the domestic British season and Sunday’s match again features teams from England, Scotland, British Juniors, Wales, Loughborough Students and British Universities at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium.
In the 59th running of the event, with the most numbers of athletes to choose from, England predictably start as favourites to defend their crown.
England’s 9.96 100m man Joel Fearon makes his 2017 race debut, while Richard Kilty is among those set to race in the 100m and 200m. Kilty’s fiancé, the reigning European under-23 champion Dovilė Dzindzaletaitė, will also return to triple jump action following the birth of their son last year.
Two-time European 400m champion Martyn Rooney, Matthew Hudson-Smith, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Seren Bundy-Davies, Jessica Judd and Emily Diamond are also among those in action, while Andrew Pozzi is due to go in the 110m hurdles and Morgan Lake in the high jump.
Para-athletics events should also provide some quality competition. Paralympic champions Jonnie Peacock and Sophie Hahn are in action on the track while the field stars Hollie Arnold, Aled Davies, Dan Greaves and Stef Reid.
In throws events, England fields British No.1s Scott Lincoln, Jade Lally and Rachel Wallader, while Scotland’s Allan Smith is among those contesting the high jump and Jax Thoirs the pole vault.
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The event starts at 11.30am and a provisional timetable can be found here.