Athletics - USA'S Solomon plans to gatecrash GB party in Glasgow

Team GB teammates Dai Greene and Andrew Osagie's 600m battle at the Glasgow International Match on Saturday is being billed as the event's stand out head-to-head – but USA's Duane Solomon is out to crash the party.


As the reigning world 400m hurdles champion, Greene is stepping out of his comfort zone to race in a flat 600m race in Scotland.

For Osagie – who finished eighth in the Olympic 800m final at London 2012 in a time that would have won him gold at each of the last three Games – the race seems more of a logical fit.

However Solomon has other ideas and set his sights on gatecrashing the planned all-British battle at the brand-new 5,000 seat Emirates Arena.

The British team are the reigning champions in the traditional athletics curtain raiser, previously held in Glasgow's Kelvin Hall, but Solomon plans on helping the USA take the crown.

For the GB athletes it is the first time they have pulled on a international vest competitively since London 2012 while Russia, Germany and a Commonwealth Select team will also take part.

Solomon finished fourth in the 800m final at London 2012, a race made famous by the world-record performance of Kenya's David Rudisha who clocked 1.40.91 minutes.

"It's going to be really interesting to test myself in the 600m," Solomon said. "It is the first race of the season and shorter than my normal distance but it is great to race over different distances and will give me an idea of where my speed is at.

"It will be my first time to race a 600m, so I'm sure to get a personal best no matter what. The prospect of going up against Dai (Greene) is also something I'm really looking forward to, so hopefully we can give the crowd a great race at the Emirates Arena." © Sportsbeat 2013

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