Greg Rutherford to swap his Strictly Come Dancing sequins for spikes as he gets back to street athletics action at the Great North CityGames
Greg Rutherford and Holly Bradshaw are among the field athletes returning to street athletics action at Saturday’s Great North CityGames in Newcastle.
Swapping sequins for spikes, world long jump champion Rutherford, who claimed bronze at the Rio Olympics, will take time off from BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing to compete in the event which will bring some of the world’s best athletes to the banks of the Tyne.
Rutherford was added to the dance programme line-up soon after his return from Brazil but will set aside all thoughts of dancing as he concentrates on winning his second CityGames title of the year after his victory in Manchester in May.
“It’ll be nice to get back to the day job for a bit,” he said. “I love competing here. Street athletics meetings are a great idea and with the Olympics having just taken place I’m hoping there will be some people in the crowd who are new to the sport.
“These events provide a perfect entry point for that.”
The 29-year-old, who will go up against Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre, American Norris Frederick, France’s Kafetien Gomis, Britain’s Dan Gardiner and Uruguayan Emiliano Lasa, added: “It’ll be tough out there. There are some top quality jumpers competing so it won’t be easy for me at all.”
Bradshaw will contest the pole vault event on the Gateshead side of the Tyne in an afternoon of top-quality athletics which is televised live on BBC One from 2.15pm.
The 2013 European indoor champion and 2012 world indoor bronze medallist finished fifth in Rio and arrives on Tyneside in top form.
“I was very pleased to finish fifth in the Olympic Games and I’m looking forward to returning to Newcastle and Gateshead to compete at the Great North CityGames,” she said.
The Great North CityGames forms part of a weekend celebration of sport in Newcastle, taking place on the same day as the Great North 5k and the Junior and Mini Great North Run on Saturday ahead of Britain’s biggest running event, the Great North Run on Sunday September 11.
For more information and up to date athlete announcements see greatcitygames.org/Newcastle or search #citygames2016.