The European 100m hurdles champion is to race fellow Britons Lucy Hatton and Serita Solomon plus Norway’s Isabelle Pedersen down Deansgate

Tiffany Porter is to take to the track in Manchester on Friday (May 20) when she will defend her 100m hurdles title at the Co-op Bank Great CityGames.

The European champion has dominated the event over the last two years at the Great CityGames, having won in Manchester and sister event NewcastleGateshead in 2014 and 2015.

In last year’s event, Porter finished ahead of Olympic and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and this time around she will go up against fellow Britons Lucy Hatton and Serita Solomon plus Norway’s Isabelle Pedersen, who makes her CityGames debut on Deansgate.

“I can’t wait to come back to Manchester for the CityGames and defend my title,” said Porter.

“I love street meets because the crowd are right next to you and it gives you that extra edge, and with it taking place on an evening for the first time that’s something completely new.

“It’s all about the Olympics this year so performing well on the track in Manchester would be great in the run-up to the summer.”

Solomon said: “I’m looking forward to the CityGames again. These events are always fun to be involved with but they take on extra importance ahead of the Olympic trials so soon after.

“Doing well in Manchester should mean that I am in good shape ahead of Birmingham.”

In the men’s 110m hurdles, David King will take on America’s Ryan Wilson and Denmark’s Andreas Martinsen, while in the men’s 200m hurdles, South Africa’s Constant Pretorius will find competition in British pair Jacob Paul and Seb Rodger.

Great CityGames action, which is televised live on BBC Two, starts at 5pm and is completely free to watch. For the first time in CityGames history, the event takes place on the Friday night before the Great Manchester Run, under the floodlights on Deansgate and the purpose-built arena on Albert Square.