Britain’s best to take on Jamaica’s double Olympic champion over 60m in Birmingham

Britain’s top female sprinter Dina Asher-Smith will face the best sprinter in the world, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, over 60m at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 18, organisers have announced.

Thompson won gold in the 100m and 200m in Rio this summer, with Asher-Smith having claimed a fifth-place finish over 200m in Brazil.

As well as being the British 100m and 200m record-holder, Asher-Smith is also joint UK 60m record-holder with her PB of 7.08 from 2015, while Thompson’s 60m best is 7.04 from earlier this year.

“I can’t wait for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham,” said Asher-Smith. “The race is always high quality and will be a key part of my preparations building up to the European Indoor Championships and the London 2017 World Championships. I can’t wait to see everyone there.

“Being able to compete at home in front of such a warm and knowledgeable crowd in Birmingham is always special for me and I know that it will be amazing this year.”

The Müller Indoor Grand Prix returns to the Midlands in February having been held in Glasgow for the first time in 2016 as the cities alternate hosting the event up to 2020.

Thompson said: “2016 was an amazing year for me and I want to carry on my form into next year, which is another really important year.

“I have good memories of this event after setting a personal best last year and hopefully in Birmingham I can challenge my PB and maybe get close to going under seven seconds.

“I love competing in the UK, this is one of the best events in the world and the fans are always amazing.”

Niels de Vos, chief executive at British Athletics, said: “This showdown in Birmingham will be one of the outstanding races of the indoor season.

“Elaine Thompson is the best female sprinter in the world. It is very exciting to see her race in Britain for the first time since she won two gold medals in the 100m and 200m at the Olympic Games in Rio.

“After Usain Bolt, there is no one better in world sprinting. Dina Asher-Smith is improving all the time and their race at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 18 is not to be missed.”