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IAAF Diamond League to start in London

07-12-2012 15:37 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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London will host the Olympics in a little more than two weeks time, but the city will also play host to the upcoming IAAF Diamond League meet. Several athletes will get one last look of how ready they are for Olympic competition.

London will welcome the world on July 27th for the Olympics, but this weekend is the last big track meet before those Games -- the Diamond League meet will also be held in the British capital.

And several of Great Britain’s top track stars know that this meet, could have a great influence on what happens at the Olympics.

Christine Ohuruogu, defending 400m Olympic Champion, said, "The Aviva London Grand Prix is very important, it’s the last chance we have to, you know, really test ourselves against good competition and yeah it’s just good to just, you know, work out what we need to work out before the Games. So it’s pretty important."

Christine Ohuruogu, defending 400m Olympic Champion

Now this meet will be important, but everyone is focusing on the bigger meet that will be held in a couple weeks time.

Phillips Idowu, triple jumper, Great Britain athlete, said, "It would be a dream come true. It’s something that every athlete dreams of, like the ultimate goal. The pinnacle of your sport is to be an Olympic champion and I’ve come so close, I missed out by five centimeters last time. Off the back of that I’ve won a World Championship and European Championships and this is the one I want to win."

Christine Ohuruogu, defending 400m Olympic Champion, said, "It doesn’t really do much for me as, you know, I’ve known, I know how hard I’ve worked for the last four years and I know how the last four years haven’t gone that, you know, gone that easy for me. So I am not really looking at excelling, I’m just looking at what I can do for myself to make sure I’m as best prepared as possible."

Phillips Idowu, triple jumper, Great Britain athlete, said, "No I don’t to be honest, because I have kept quite a low profile this year and other athletes in the world have jumped quite well. I feel like I am in a good position because it has taken quite a lot of pressure off. There would be pressure being a local boy, born and raised and schooled in East London but I don’t feel it, which is good."

Phillips Idowu, triple jumper, Great Britain athlete

Perri Shakes-Drayton, hurdler, Great Britain Olympic Team, said, "A very big achievement, I mean I’m ranked, I’m ranked like now probably around about what fifteenth, or even lower. I mean, so to get a medal, I mean you shouldn’t look at the rankings, definitely, because that doesn’t mean nothing. You have got to be in the race, you know, be in it to win it. So I have to put that behind me and just go out there and do what I have to do."

Now the importance of participating at the London Games holds special meaning for one athlete. 39 year old triple jumper Yamile Adalma was born in Cuba, and has represented Cuba and Sudan and now will compete for Great Britain.

Yamile Adalma, triple jumper, Great Britain Olympic Team, said, "I mean it would be, it would mean for me a lot because after all the problems I’ve been through, you know, eleven years waiting to represent Great Britain and all the problems I’m having with my personal life and you know it would mean a lot to me."

Adalma was only allowed to compete for Team GB after being granted a passport in 2010.

The Diamond League meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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