Diamond League: Rutherford to compete in Birmingham

Long jumper Greg Rutherford
Rutherford wants to add the world title to his list of honours this year

Olympic champions Greg Rutherford and Christine Ohuruogu will join Mo Farah at June's Birmingham Grand Prix.

Rutherford, who won long jump gold in 2012 and Ohuruogu, the 2008 400m gold medallist, will compete at the Alexander Stadium on 7 June.

World junior champion Dina Asher-Smith faces European and Commonwealth silver medallist Jodie Williams over 200m.

The 100m sees European champion Adam Gemili race world and European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty.

World and European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty takes on European 100m champion Adam Gemili and Chijindu Ujah.

Rutherford, who is also European and Commonwealth champion, will use the Diamond League event as part of his preparations for August's World Championships in Beijing.

"I'm determined to win the only major title that I'm missing from my cabinet," he said. "Everything is geared to that aim and if I can beat my main rivals in Birmingham in June it will set me up perfectly for the rest of the year."

Ohuruogu, a double world champion, who won 400m silver at London 2012, will race against newly crowned European indoor bronze medallist Seren Bundy-Davies as she looks to get her season off to a strong start while Asher-Smith will be making her first individual appearance in the Diamond League.

"I expect the line-up to be truly world class but the British girls are very strong at the moment and we will do our best to get the crowd off their seats," said Asher-Smith.

"I had a great indoor season this year over 60m and I hope to transfer this form to the 100m and 200m in the build up to the World Championships."

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