Great CityGames - Manchester Athletics

Great CityGames - Manchester

Gabby Logan presents live coverage of the Great CityGames from Manchester. Colin Jackson and Denise Lewis give expert analysis, with commentary from Steve Cram and Steve Backley.

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If the magnificent city of Manchester has been the focus of the


world's attention for the lost all my bed. The horrendous, brutal


atrocities took many innocent lives and left many more with life


changing injuries. This is a city in mourning, coming to terms with its


loss, its greed, trying to make sense of it all, but the guts,


determination and talent that made this city and industrial, cultural


and sporting hotbed for years will not be given. This event has become


a favourite in the sporting calendar, and this city is out


tonight as they always are to support some of the great athlete


here. Manchester will keep on running. This is the place in the


north-west of England, it is ace, it is the best, and the songs that we


staying the leg saying from our songs, from bands, set the whole


planet shaking. There is nothing we can't make, so we make brilliant


music, brilliant bands, we make goals that make souls leap from


seats in the stands, and we make things from steel, from cotton. We


make you a home, we make you feel welcome, we make something happen,


we can't seem to help it. And if you're looking for history, then,


yes, we've a wealth. But the Manchester way... Is to make it


yourself. And this is the place where we first played as kids. And


this is the place where our folks came to work, where they struggled,


they hurt in the dirt, and they built us a city, they built us these


towns, so this is the place, now with kids of our own. Some are born


here, some drawn here, but we all call it home. And they've covered


the cobbles, but they'll never defeat of the dreamers and schemas


whose -- who still team through the streets. Recessions, depressions and


dark times, but we keep fighting back. Manchester spirit, Northern


grit... But we won't take defeat, and we don't want your pity, because


this is the place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our


face, Mancunians for ever, because this is the place in our hearts and


our homes, because this is the place that is a part of our bones, because


Manchester gives us such strength from the fact that this is the


place. The athletics will start soon, but


we would like to speak to the leader of Manchester Council. City first,


pass and are -- pass on our condolences. We are delighted this


event is going ahead because it is so important to show that you don't


stop what people love, which is the come out and support music, sport,


cultural activities. How importantly what it that this went ahead


tonight? Very important indeed. There is clearly a lot of pain and


grief within the city, but we need to recover, and the faster, the


better. Earlier in the way, I spoke to Brendan Foster about the great


city games and said the question is not whether it takes place but how


we make sure it takes place. The same conversation with Greater


Manchester Police, who clearly have reviewed all the security around the


event. Again, the review was to make sure that it did take place. That


notwithstanding the horror of last Monday, Manchester is still a strong


and resilient city and we will not change the way we live our lives.


The weather has been just glorious in the last couple of days, which I


think probably encourages people out anyway. It certainly seems there are


more than normal coming out tonight, and I guess, knowing Manchester as


you do, that doesn't surprise you. We have seen that all week. We had a


remarkable vigil on Tuesday night. We had one minute of silence


yesterday. Again, tens of thousands of people, all ages, colours and


religions, coming together to deliver a message that Manchester is


defiant and we won't let terrorism beat us. We will go on with our


everyday lives and stop for us, part of our everyday lives is sport,


music will stop that is at the very core of what Manchester enjoys


doing. Athletics, like so many sports, the multicultural nature of


the city, the crowds. You must be delighted that not one competitor


expressed a doubt about coming to compete tonight. We are delighted


about that, but also, since Monday night, for the run on Sunday there


have been thousands of people saying, can we take part, please?


Even though it is full. There is an increased demand, so I think we will


have a fantastic weekend. It doesn't take away in any way from the


dreadful events of earlier in the week, but it does deliver a really


important message, that Manchester goes on. It does, and as you say, it


doesn't take anything away from the fact that tonight, as on so many


nights to come in the next few weeks, the lives of the 22 people


who died on Monday evening will be remembered, as they were a few


moments ago before we came on air, with a minute's silence.


As I just mentioned to the leader of Manchester City Council, the


athletes were only too delighted to keep coming here, to keep competing


here. They want to show their support for the people of


Manchester. Here are a few of the big names you can expect to see


tonight. Olympic champion from London, Greg Rutherford, the current


world champion, goes in the long jump. Another gold medal winner from


London, Sally Pearson. The Australian hurdler has had a mixed


few years. What kind of form will she be in? Paralympic champion T


Hunt -- T44 Jonnie Peacock goes again tonight. And Kim Collins, an


incredible 41 years old. He has run in five Olympic Games. He loves


Manchester and was a gold-medallist in the Commonwealth Games here. On


this glorious evening in Manchester, we have a packed agenda over the


next hour and a half. Some of the British athletes to look out for,


Richard Kilty, and two of our fastest women will end the night


with Sally Pearson in the women's 100 metres hurdles. As I mentioned,


the athletes are only too delighted to be you, wanting to show support


for the city of Manchester, wanting to race here and bring the crowds


out. I'm really proud this event is going ahead. I think it speaks


volumes about the strength of Manchester and how, you know, we


won't let anyone stop us doing what we're going to do, and we're still


going to put on great shows, and everyone's going to enjoy it. To be


able to carry on with this competition, to be able to be


involved with the great city games is, I guess, showing that the rest


-- showing the rest of the world that Manchester is strong. Even


though I am not from here, I am astray being, I want to be part of


it and show the world we are here, we are happy and we're moving


forward. I can understand it is important for the city to show the


world that we are strong. It gives a chance to bring the people together


once more in a sense of love and unity. I think it's brilliant to see


all the people in the street and everyone looking so excited at the


prospect. I think it's brilliant for us to show solidarity at this time,


to make sure people who want to cause these horrendous and horrible


events, they are never going to win, and we're all going to stand strong


and still enjoy ourselves. I'm joined by Brendan Foster, Denise


Lewis and Lord Sebastian Coe. Attacking start with you, Brendan,


because we were speaking to the leader of Manchester City Council


earlier, but the challenges you have had to get this on tonight have been


numerous, but how important has it been for you that it did go ahead


for the people of Manchester? It was Sir Richard on Tuesday morning when


we spoke, I said, we are in your hands, and he said it's not a matter


of if, it's a matter of how we do it. The city of Manchester, led by


Sir Richard and Andy Burnham, have both said we have to show the city


getting back to normal, we won't let terrorism overtake us. We are


nervous. We do feel for the people who have been killed, obviously, but


getting this city back to normal, and sport is at the heart of the


city, and this is Manchester, and that's the difference. Denise, you


have been here every year for this a Ben Foster you enjoyed it anyway,


love seeing athletics on the street, and Europe are to busy then, in many


ways, so you must have been filled it is going ahead. Tell us what you


think it means to the people. The crowds speak volumes. They are here


in numbers. Unity speaks volumes. I was thinking, is this event really


going to go ahead? I think the tone is right and the people have spoken,


and the ripple effects that have happened for everybody, it's been a


knock-on effect, but that solidarity, unity through sport, has


meant we have been here. As a former athlete, I guess you would have been


very much in the camp with the athletes who have come here. We had


some there saying they wanted to show their support. They have come


from all over the world and they want to be here. They know what this


event means for the city, especially in this troubled time. Competing is


all they can do to say, we haven't forgotten you in these dark times.


Lord Coe, you Love Street athletics and it is the future of the sport to


bring it out and democratise it, but security is one of the challenges


you will face, because in these times we live in, we are in a very


different landscape, so I suppose this is a modern event with modern


problems. It is, and I think the decision to go ahead is always a


tough one. You have to weigh up security, but ultimately, it was


very important that sport could be seen as a part of the healing


process. One of the great privileges I had as chairman of the British


Olympic Association was being in this city not that long ago, where


thousands of Mancunians came out in monsoon conditions to cheer to the


rafters our Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Many of them are competing


tonight. Some of them were out there in those conditions for hours to bag


the best position to be able to cheer them, and I think the athletes


feel quite rightly that those who were there on that occasion have the


opportunity to say, look, we don't have all the answers, sport doesn't


have all the answers, but we can help in that process. And stand


alongside the people of Manchester. I guess you are very much in the


camp that, because back, and because you want to keep bringing athletics


to people in this kind of environment, that what happened on


Monday night will not stop that result. It can't be allowed to. Of


course, you need to protect people when are in public places, and all


the right people will be having discussions about that, and it's


quite right that goverments and intelligence and so on... I do make


the case that sport should also be at that table alongside other


community-based activities. As we are doing this interview, there are


coaches the length and breadth of the country in all sports, working


in some of the most challenged communities. Sport has an


extraordinary reach, as it has shown tonight. It doesn't have all the


answers, but if tonight's event can just help in that grieving process,


and maybe even a part of the healing process, that is why we're here.


These athletes are not just thinking tonight about a stepping stone to


World Championships or prize money or a record, they know that there is


a bigger picture here. Absolutely. Thank you very much. It's time for


the athletics, so let's to our commentary team, Steve Backley,


Colin Jackson and Steve Cram. We kick off with the women's 100


metres. COMMENTATOR: Good evening to everyone watching. A beautiful


evening in Manchester. One of the stars, Sally Pearson, you


saw her talk a moment ago about why she is here. She is up against some


of our top sprinters. In case you haven't watched the city games


before, this track is specially laid down. It is 200 metres long. Behind


that sign there is another 100 metres track. We begin about halfway


down. Bianca Williams is coming back with some good form, hasn't run that


well over the last few years because of injury problems, but signs in the


states that she is getting back to her very good 2014 form. A very good


start this season 21-year-old Desiree Henry will stop she lifted


the Olympic flame in 2012 as a youngster, fulfilling all the


potential that is the reason why she was chosen to do that. Asha Philip,


now the European indoor champion. A great performance from her in


Belgrade in March. This is her first 100 metres outdoors in 2017. Sally


Pearson has already had a bit of a season in Australia, and we all want


to see her do well. Horrendous injury when falling in 2015 in the


diamond Lee, and then hamstring problems last year. But she is


beginning to find her old form. Still some way to go, she will


admit, but this 100 metres will be a sharp enough for her. -- a sharpener


for her. Bianca run her quickest 200m since


2014 in the States a couple of weeks ago. Pretty clean break. Philip is


out well. So is Williams. Pearson on the far side. It's going to be tight


on the line. Sash gets it. Slight -- Ash gets it.


She got a good start. Got out well. I was surprised that Henry didn't


close the ground, given the good form she's been in. It wasn't a


horrible start from her. She hung on to the fast finishing Sally Pearson.


Colin? An interesting race all over. Desiree came on. She held her form


to the line. I was surprised with Pearson. If anybody was going to


crumble under this pressure it would have been Sally Pearson. She hung on


in there to take second place. A good performance from Pearson. I


like forward to how she hurdles later on. It was close in the end,


very close indeed. Into a slight head wind, just, pretty protected


here, but winning time 11. 48. The last time I spoke to you was in


Belgrade, and it was a glorious few days for you there. The outdoor


season now well and truly under way. You look in good condition. I feel I


am, I have taken the confidence from 60 to bring it into the #14u7b. I'm


happy to have done this in Manchester. The crowd spur you on.


The crowd here it's special tonight. Definitely. It's heart warming.


We're wearing this ribbon for a reason, we want to show our love.


Where have you been? Florida, Portugal. I am loving life right


now. The warm weather training is done. Now the serious business of


building up to London. Ten weeks to go. Yeah, I'm a bit squared. Oh, my


God, ten more weeks. But I'm happen quli with what I've done. -- happy


with what I've done. You got us off to a great start tonight. Earlier


on, the men's long jump competition got started in Albert Square. That


is about half a kilometre that way. Thanks. This is Randazzo from Italy.


Full to the brim, good crowd turned out.


This is an intimate competition. The crowd are up close and personal.


Running out of the sunshine into the shade there, makes sighting the


board a bit tricky. The official on the other side there. He goes into


the lead. A lifetime best. Season's best, I should say. Lasa is chasing


that lead. 7. 70 the best so far. Rutherford yet to start. Just been


warming up, biding his time. These two men, the contenders, certainly


some of the athletes who could upset Greg Rutherford's chances of victory


here. That then takes the lead. Let's tidy up that result from the


100: Sally Pearson will be pleased with the second place against two


very good sprinters. Henry a little disappointed today. The crowds here


craning for a view. It's a narrow venue, if you like, so they're


squeezed down either side of the track. They'll be looking forward to


this next event. One of the heroes of London, indeed Rio and we hope in


London in the summer, Jonnie Peacock. He goes in lane two.


Personal best of him 12. 02 this year. He's not yet competed at a


Paralympics. Maybe we'll see him in London at the IPC world champs.


Jonnie Peacock will be perhaps be the biggest star for the British


team, Paralympic and indeed, well Paralympic champion at 100m in this


event. Arnu Fourie alongside him, the veteran South African, 32 now.


Seitis was a late addition to the field. Richard Browne, a late


withdrawal. Browne himself said he had retired after Rio at one point.


But he's definitely competing again. Jonnie Peacock will wanting to lay


down a good performance here. Liam Malone is a new name in the


Paralympic world, a new rival for Jonnie Peacock as well. We're


looking for a good performance from him. Sub 11 would be good in these


conditions. Slight breeze into their face.


Jonnie Peacock gets out reasonably well. Di Marino got away quickly.


Look at Jonnie Peacock, absolutely changing gear and moving away from


the field. Fourie in second at the moment. Jonnie Peacock 10. 92, well


I said anything under 11 seconds today would be pretty good. Wind


just changed slightly there. A decent start from him. The


acceleration was exceptional. He ran pretty well in Loughborough in a


competition just last week. Good start to his season there. Today


following that up. He's in cracking form, Colin, augers well for London


in the summer. Well, it's nearly the summer now! Look how he came out of


the blocks. Two strides, then he showed his class. Moved away from


this field and you can see why he's won that Paralympic title twice. I


have to remind myself, he's nearly 24 years old and already two times


he's got that Paralympic Gold Medal. Phenomenal sprinter. That's a valid


point. I was reminding myself how old Liam Malone is, he's 23. We


forget how young Jonnie Peacock still is. He's an incredible talent.


I love watching him run. His technique is virtually perfect. He


works hard. He manages to keep that calmness about his shoulders. That


where you get the power from, generate that speed. He does it the


best. So very impressive from our Paralympic champion, Jonnie Peacock,


10. 91, clear winner. I can tell you, Colin and Steve were


impressed with your form in commentary. But they seemed enReece


at your youth, going on about how much you've achieved at such a young


age. You're still 23 years old. Well 24 this month! Still 23. Just got a


good team. Obviously, back working with Dan and Mike. So that's all I


can say really. It's what happens when you have a good team around


you. Absolutely, still always working on your technique, working


on yours form. The guys were impressed with your upper body in


that race, working on the little things time prove your time.


Definitely. We had a massive shift on the technical aspects last year.


I had six months to work on them before Rio, it was tight. We


improved a lot. We've still got a lot time prove on. There I felt the


first five metres was pretty terrible. That can do with some work


on. Obviously, I was trying to get a sub 10. 9, but I'll take that today.


Ten weeks to go until the world champions, well seven for you. Yeah,


it's a very big year. Very looking forward to London, get back into the


stadium. The support in that stadium is always awesome. Coming back for a


major championships will be so much fun. A shame not to have Richard


here today. He didn't get on his flight for some reason. Didn't tell


anybody he wasn't getting on his flight. I remember him calling me


out a couple of years ago, I'm here now, we'll see him in London, don't


worry. I'm sure there will be a good head to head to come. Thank you very


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Round two of this long jump competition. Can you see there Greg


Rutherford trailing in fourth place, unusual circumstances for him. A


season's best of 7. 60, take no notice of that. It's the first


competition of the year. Shaking off his dancing legs, Strictly at end of


last year. Trained well in Arizona. Round two, what can he do to


respond? That's better. We know he likes the pressure. He's proven that


time and time again. He is the reigning world champion. The world


championships on home soil later this summer. He knows it's good.


It's 8. 08. That's good stuff from Greg. He takes the lead. Wonderful


stuff. Two fouls in the first two attempts.


Round three for Gaisah. He trailed behind Rutherford in the world


champs two years ago. 33 years of age. They're checking the board. Can


be a third foul for him. No, it is indoed a foul. So four jumps only


more chance for Gaisah. The tall Polish athlete also on two fouls.


Oh, look at that. He made a complete mess of that. I noticed in the


warm-ups, they are jumping on boards suspended above Albert Square. It's


quite bouptsy. Sometimes that just throws the rhythm out for the


athletes. Also on three fouls as is Gaisah. Rutherford still no


challengers. He's some 28 centimetres ahead of second place,


which is Lasa. Back to Deansgate. A stone's throw


from Albert Square. We only ever see this race here in


Manchester. Maybe at The City Games, have we had it at The City Games in


Gateshead? Looking forward to this. Jacob Paul, 22 years old. Former


European junior bronze-medallist. Then next to him, Jack Jack Green.


He started his season very well. Well publicised problems in the last


few years, certainly since 2012. Came back last year showing signs of


his old form. Still just 25. Seb Rodger next to him in lane three. He


will hope he can make the world Championship team this year. Then


Johnny Dutch. He had such a disappointed 2016 in the American


trials that he quit for a while. Now he's back working with the great


Felix Sanchez. This man is still in the top 20 all time 400m hurdler.


Good new hurdlers on the world stage coming through at the moment. Jack


Green trb 11 has run a -- Jack Jack Green has already run a qualifying


time for the world champs. The two best 400 metres hurdler is


against one of the best there has ever been, Johnny Dutch. Dutch over


on the far side. Difficult, this one, very different outside and not


just the distance, but it is a straight 200 metres hurdles as well.


2.6 feet, the hurdles. A little bit of twitching from Jack


and Sebastien. They allow that in the circumstances. They are all a


little edgy because they are unsure of each other's form on this


distance, which they are not used to running, certainly against each


other. You can imagine they are thinking, do I set off like a 400


metres hurdler or a sprint hurdler? I would advise like a sprint


hurdler. As Colin said, I guess rhythm in this race is so important.


Go off to slow, you won't catch them, too quick, they catch you.


Jack Green... Jacob Paul gets away well. Dutch going well on the far


side. Dutch has a shortly. The American on the far side looking


good at the minute. Jack Green in a scrap with Seb Rodger for second


place. Johnny Dutch has won it. 22.49, not bad at all. Well, I said,


Colin, that he has been, from his point of view, I guess, the


Americans always have string. If you are going to pick a person to work


with, Felix Sanchez would be a good choice. Not a bad choice, especially


over this distance. Remember, Johnny Dutch as that 30.50 110 metres speed


as well. Marry that with the strength he has from being a


quarter-mile, and you get this. Technically, very effective and


efficient, no chance for our British boys to get on his shoulder and put


pressure on him. Rewarded with a swift 22.40 eight. -- 20 2.48.


Johnny Dutch there, just really smooth. He got out very quickly,


looked as though he was beginning to slow a little here, and it was all


about negotiating that last hurdle. It is a long running from the last


one. They are not so high, so even if there was a little fatigued, it


won't have much impact. You can see him leaving for the line,


nonetheless. Yes, even though the barriers are quite small, you do get


muscle fatigue, and that can hamper your technique. Johnny will be used


to it with a 400 metres hurdles in juror is that he has, married with


the sprint hurdles speed. It is good to see. Sebastien Roger just losing


a little balance of that last hurdle. Let's confirm the result.


22.48, a personal best. They don't run this that often. Jack Green,


22.97, in third. And here is Johnny. An unusual


distance and the vent, but your coach Felix has run this six times


and never won it. He told me just come out here and have fun. This is


not rehearsed, so I really just went out on luck and it worked out, thank


God. You had an interesting year last year - quit the sport through a


while, made a movie, and then Felix coaxed you out of retirement. I


guess, no regrets? I want to thank my sponsor for believing in me, my


coach Felix Sanchez, I've known him for years. A poetic thriller, I came


up with something different. It was a great creation for me and my heart


belongs in track and field. You are heading back to London if things go


well at the trials? Hopefully, God willing, it will all happen when it


is supposed to. And then you can make another movie. How about


zombies and Manchester? Thank you for that, Johnny! Let's look at the


pole vault, which took place earlier on this evening. COMMENTATOR: In


beautiful sunshine, the women's pole-vault, just one of two field


events. The left-hander won the English schools 13 years ago. Look


at that - clear at four metres. Jumping well will stop her lifetime


best is only 4.05, so Gibbons looking good. Sally Pearson,


Commonwealth Games silver-medallist, -- Sally Peak. She jumped in awful


conditions in Manchester before. Chloe Henry knocked it off on her


first attempt. The Belgian record-holder. Second attempt at the


same height that the two Brits have cleared. So, Rachel Gibbons, for the


third time of asking at 4.15, to put ten centimetres on her lifetime


best. It proved too much. Disappointment there, but a good


performance. A season's best, and great support from the crowd. Sally


Peake, then. In exactly the same is circumstances that she saw Gibbons


there. Oh, she had the hype, didn't she? But Peake, she knew she was


capable of that. Sally Peake has done 4.40 in the past. As we turn


back to Chloe Henry, also a third time of asking at the same height,


4.15 full stop and the most narrow of failures. And that means all


athletes are out our one, Holly Bradshaw. You can see those passes


there, but she is carrying two fouls. What can she do on the third


time of asking? Oh, yes! Holly Bradshaw - we know she is good under


pressure, 15 reopened last year, sixth in London five years ago at


the Olympics. And a really solid clearance, with some daylight. Maybe


some slight adjustments to be made. A big smile from Holly Bradshaw,


goes into first place. She can relax. All eyes are back on her.


There are always some unusual races in these events. We just saw the 200


metres hurdles there, and they like a 150 round these parts as well. In


2009, the fastest man in the world came to town and got himself a world


record. COMMENTATOR: Williams gets a very good start, but look at Usain


Bolt. He's into a good lead. The Olympic champion, world-record


holder. That is incredibly fast. Unbelievable! Absolutely


unbelievable. There wasn't enough track to slow him down. Usain Bolt


runs the quickest 150 metres ever performed on the planet. Did you


ever doubt it? It won't be a world record, because it is not a world


record distance, but it is the fastest that anyone has ever run


this distance on a track, inside, outside, on a street, anywhere. I


remember watching that on the telly at home, Denise, and it was a wet


night, wasn't it? We thought we would not like those conditions.


Usain Bolt would love these conditions tonight, wouldn't he? He


would love these balmy conditions. Beautiful weather, great crowds. By


that impressed me, and I was at home as well. That was the period where


he was taking all comers. Now we are heading into this period where he is


on the final countdown, and this summer will be his last in


athletics. Sparing his blushes, I'm not sure if you saw the documentary


steed grounded with him. He went to Jamaica and had a good sit down chat


with him, but also looked at the facets and factors that have made


him who he is, the background he comes from, and putting into context


the greatness of the man was up and it is likely we won't see his likes


for a long time in the sport. He has left an indelible mark on the sport.


We have seen the performances and we know about the records, but it is


the man that we'll never replaced again. Everything that he is is just


fantastic. He doesn't have the greatest facilities, but he is the


best we've ever seen, and we won't see anyone like him again. Sadly,


he's not here tonight, Denise, but we do have a good field that the


guys can't get through for the men's 150 metres - Steve Cram and Colin


Jackson. COMMENTATOR: I enjoyed the chat with Usain, two or three weeks


back. He would love this. A really warm evening, perfect for sprinting,


a little breeze, but it hasn't troubled the athletes. That looks


like a little bit of a lane change from what I was given originally.


The two European contenders here - Tzakonas of


Greece and Solomon Bukhari from the Netherlands. Originally from Sierra


Leone. , Solomon Bockarie. There have been various


camps in the US, a trip to the Bahamas for the world relay teams.


Richard Kilty part of that as well. They are looking for good


early-season performances here. Richard Kilty now the European


indoor champion for the second time. A bit of over distance work for him


here. He already ran 200 in Loughborough. These might be the two


longest races for him all year. The 100 metres after that for him.


Closest to the camera, Tzakonas gets out better than anyone. Richard


Kilty, not so well. Bockarie really struggling. Tzakonas going very well


indeed. And the Greek athlete is going away. It is going to be


Tzakonas. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in second place, Richard Kilty in


third. That is a bit of a turn up. The time, 15.04, pretty fast. Very


fast. I am looking at Colin for some reassurance. I think we're both a


little taken aback by that. That is not what I was expecting. Great


performance from the Greek, out of the blocks well, hard, aggressive


all the way, and I was looking at the wind speed as well, perhaps


thinking that would be in his favour, but not at all. 15.04 is a


very strong, good performance. I expected our British boys to do a


little better than that. It will be interesting to see what they have to


say, whether they thought it was a false or flying start. Any little


thing can throw you off, but our boys are in better shape than their


times are saying. Let's have a look. Bockarie looks like he is giving up,


like, I can't do that, let him be. 15 seconds flat, there's not many


people have ever run under that at their very best. From his point of


view, that's a big race, a big win for Tzakonas, the 27-year-old. If


you take his own personal best of 16.2 to... A new personal best.


Richard Kilty with 15.40 three. -- 15 .43. You look at the time that


Tzakonas put in and that is a really impressive run.


I'm happy with that. Is there any way you can put that, not a distance


you run very often and you Richard, we know you love even shorter than


that, is there any way to gauge from that where your progress is going,


wherelet training is going? It's a difficult event. I've run sometimes


like half a second quicker than that and sometimes down. Sometimes it's


difficult to gauge how you pace it. It's pretty difficult. You get a


100m split. No-one's flat out through 100, it's a difficult one.


The main thing is come up here, having fun and for the people of


Manchester, that was the main thing to put on a show for them. With ten


weeks to go to the world championships, where are you in the


racing and training schedule? The days are getting closer. I can tell


you everyone estate agency excited for. It it's crunch time now,


heading into June, everyone's got their races ready. They're raring to


go. Make sure you're at trials, I feel it's going to be good. You're


back here now. You've done the warm weather training. Everything in


Europe from now on? Yeah, nearly everything will be in Europe. I'm


not travelling anywhere out of Europe. A couple of meetings abroad


then into the trials. It's good to see you've laid off the gym (! ) You


can tell, the pecs are moving as always. You can see the last 30


metres. Muscles didn't help. I come out here to enjoy. It these guys


have come out and they've been such amazing support. The support has


been fantastic. Thank you so much. Still to come. And forever young,


Kim Collins, 41 years old now. He's raced in five Olympic Games. The


silver-medallist from Rio, Ortega from Spain. Sally Pearson we've seen


the Australian on the flat. Now it's her favourite hurdles. She's had a


mixed few years. Is she back to her best? Do you remember this from the


London Marathon? What a moment this was. Matthew Reece and David Wyath


became friends at the most unlikely of moments as they were heading up


the mall. Matthew took it on board himself to help David over the line


and finish his London Marathon. In doing so, of course, sacrificing his


own time and I'm delighted to say they're both with me now. They're


running the Great Manchester Run on Sunday. Guys, you gave us such a


special moment. It was just sent around the world. It went viral.


Were you surprised about how much attention it got? Unbelievable. I


would have bust out those mos if I knew how many people were watching.


It was brilliant. Was there a moment when you thought, I would add a lot


to my time here. No, when I saw David, there was one decision to


help him through the finish. Have you kept in touch since? Yeah, I


pester him all the time. He won't leave me alone. You're both running


on Sunday, had you already planned to race on Sunday? Possibly not. For


me, maybe it was going to be too soon to be competitive. Getting


invited to come along and take part is fantastic. Wonderful opportunity


with everything that's gone on in Manchester, it would be such an


honour to be out there, amongst my fellow Mancunians giving it my all.


Are you going to be avoiding him on Sunday or just behind? I'm going to


dart off at the front, he will probably catch me up and help me to


the finish this time. It would be nice if he could pay you back. That


would be great. Well said. Well done. Enjoy Sunday and what's going


to be a terrific atmosphere on the streets of Manchester. You can see


it all unfold on the BBC: a change to the schedules, it's now on BBC


One at 12. 30pm. We'll have coverage for you there.


Holly Bradshaw, the bar at 4. 72, this for a lifetime best.


Oh, she's got it! Wow. Holly Bradshaw, she went clear at 4. 62.


That was a season's best. She's won the competition, just to remind you.


She did that at her opening height on the third attempt. She's just


jumped a lifetime best, a British record. She has jumped higher


indoors. Holly Bradshaw, wow. She took a big confidence boost at the


end of last year, beating the Olympic champion.


So then, Holly Bradshaw, the bar is raised to an eye watering 4. 80.


This would match the same performance as the Olympic champion.


Oh, she's got that too! Unbelievable. Holly Bradshaw breaks


the British record and adds another ten centimetres to it and breaks it


again. Fantastic stuff. With day lights to spare. -- daylight to


spare. In a year where the world championships are on home soil,


she's set her stall out. There a national record, a win and a


brilliant performance. Big congratulations there from Scott


Simpson, her coach. We knew she was in good form. But I think even that


was a surprise. Arguably one of the highlights of


the evening so far. Holly's with me now. Congratulations. Thank you.


Smashing a national record not once, but twice, in an evening. It was


nervewracking at the start. My coach nearly killed me then. It was a


great conditions out. There It took me by surprise how great the


conditions were. Once I was into the zone, to jump 72, 82, British


record, I'm chuffed. It shows the kind of shape you're in in that


important season as well. Did you feel you were in the 4. 80 shape


coming into it, from the winter work? Yeah training's been going


really well, even the past two months. I competed in Doha and felt


frustrated. I didn't quite get what I deserved. I'm in the best shape


I've ever been in. Jumping high in training. I wanted to come out here


and do myself justice. I feel I have done that. Plenty more to work on so


it's exciting for me. This season as well, you came to our attention with


a sixth in London in 2010 and with the world championships in ten


weeks, are you eyeing the medals? Definitely. There's loads of good


girls at the minute. It will be tough to main a medal, but I'm quite


capable. Given the shape I'm in, I need to stay healthy, be smart now


and keep building momentum and confidence into the majors. See you


soon. Thank you very much, good luck.


Great competition from Holly Bradshaw, great pole vault.


Athletics fans might remember a man called Mike Tulley, bumped into him


in the USA last week. He said how are things going in Great Britain.


And I said it's all in Holly Bradshaw's hands.


Well, some big stars and one of them here Stef Reid, not her normal


event. Long jump is the normal event. Great to see her in the 100m


here. Alongside one of the biggest names in Paralympic sport, Marlou


Van Rhijn. She's been to these Games in Manchester a couple of occasions.


Her exploits in Rio and London turned her into a massive star. The


blade babe, they call her. She is a double amputee. The only T 43 in


this field. Sophie Kamlish, one of our great up-and-coming youngsters.


In the team in London and Rio. Laura Sugar from Birmingham. Fifth at the


Paralympics in both events. Just to clarify, joint competition between T


43 and T 44, T 43 double amputee, that's Van Rhijn in the middle. The


others T 44. What you'll see here is the T44


athletes get out quicker, but once Marlou Van Rhijn gets going, watch


out. Van Rhijn just a metre or two behind. Stef Reid out reasonably


well. Marlou Van Rhijn has work to do. Kamlish is going very well


indeed. Here comes Van Rhijn. It's going to finish quickly. It will be


tight on the line. It may be Sophie Kamlish. Just, only just. There's


the smile on her face. She's beaten one of the best in the world. Van


Rhijn, well, I said being a double amputee, she won't be out as quick.


Sophie Kamlish got a cracking start. She's been in good form this year.


Held on so well. The most important thing is you can imagine you know


the pressure's going to be coming at the back end of the race. Sophie has


to hold her form and focus. She would have felt the pressure of the


Dutch lady steaming her down. She just manages to lean, a great time.


There Assisted by a nice wind, plus 1. 2. So a legal performance.


Doesn't she look good. Very nice to see that. I'm very pleased for that


young lady. The time is going to be a couple of


hundredths of a second the winning margin. It will be a new City Games


record. Given the fact that I'm sure we're going to see her back in


future years, she's given herself a good bench mark there. New record


for this event. Sophie Kamlish the winner.


Confirmed: The wind is difficult because of the


side streets here. What a great win for her.


Sophie Kamlish and Marlou Van Rhijn are with me now. If you don't mind


my saying, that's a big scalp for you, isn't it? It's the first time


I've ever beaten her. It's a feeling I've never had before. I'm really


pleased. It was a tight victory, but you'll take that all the same.


Training is obviously going well. Yeah, I just finished my first year


at uni. I thought that might have a rubbish effect on it, but obviously


all right. Fastest so far this season. Managing to balance your


studies and training. Coming here to Manchester, these Games with people


so close, the crowd just really on top of you in these narrow lanes as


well. It's a special atmosphere. Yes, it's very special. It's really


one of my favourite events ever. Just really cool to be here in this


crowd and I have to say, I am so, so impressed by the people from


Manchester to come out here and show that love is so much stronger than


hate. And just here to support us and have so much joy. For me, even


though it was 20ths of a second -- two hundredths of a second, today I


had fun. Thank you both very much. Round four of this long jump Daniel


Gardiner in fourth place with 7. 65 in round two. That looks about the


same. Jumped 7. 53 in Loughborough last weekend. Stretching there to


reach the board maybe. Difficult to tell. Well, no improvement in the


last round. But it is a season's best.


Jumped 8. 8. 19 in February. Back home in Uruguay, what's he got in


the last round? It looks below eight metres. Best so far 7. 80. Greg


Rutherford leads with 80. -- 8. 08. Lasa trying to close down, perfect


almost on the board. That is his best of the after noorn. Still in


second place. You might be at home enjoying this


fantastically balmy early summer's evening here in Manchester, super


athletics on the streets and thinking, athletics is a young


person's game, isn't it? Think again. In the next race we have a


man who is over 40, 41 years old, Kim Collins. He's run in five


Olympic Games. He has fantastic memories of Manchester.


COMMENTATOR: The moment as arrived. 38,000 gathered in this stadium in


Manchester. Here to see what could be the greatest sprint race we've


seen in Britain. They get away first time and


chambers left in the block. Collins, it's going to be Kim Collins.


Lewis-Francis pulls up, so does Chambers. Collins wins it. He steals


it. Let's hand it to Kim Collins, a new national record, 9. 98 that is


world class sprinting. He's a former world champion, he had


controversy in London where he ended up not racing and fell out with his


federation. For many people, at the age of 36 you would have thought


that would be the end of his career. He comes back time and again. He


loves racing. It begs the question: Why did you retire so young? Kim is


making us all look bad! Colin included. No Colin is 50. Putting


that in there CJ! He loves it. He loves what he's doing and he's


largely remained quite healthy. That makes a big difference to your


attitude to the sport, to your training and the amount of work that


you're able to work. He trains smart. He's in a great environment


and the people of Manchester and around the world, they love him.


They like to see him. We've all stopped guessing when is the time


when Kim Collins will hang up his spikes. We're glad he's here


tonight. COMMENTATOR: You know when you get


older, you don't like it cold, you are worried about pulling hamstrings


and chords are so he will be enjoying the warm weather. Kim never


gets injured, does he? Andy Robertson against James Dasaolu and


Joel Fearon. It's not exactly an easy race for him, because those


three men, the three Brits, obviously, will be hoping can push


their case as the season goes on for selection for London, certainly for


the relay as well. Andy Robertson had a very good indoor season until


he was disqualified in the final of the European Championships. He is


looking -- he was looking for the big match against Richard Kilty and


it never materialised. Let's see how it goes here. Kim Collins, 2003, and


incredibly close world final. And he was in lane one when he won that all


those years ago. James Dasaolu finds himself out of the relay team, not


on funding any more. And for Joel Fearon, it's a different Olympic


Games. He will be concentrating on the Winter Olympics, one of our


four-man British bob squad. He will be off to John Chiang next year and


hoping the bobsleigh team can do well. After a cracking season last


year, he is concentrating on his springform, which is important for


the bob squad as well. He ran 9.96 last year, don't forget that. Yaw a


pretty even start. Robertson gets out well, as does Kim Collins. James


Dasaolu is trying to chase him down. It will be James Dasaolu from Joel


Fearon. Sorry, Kim. I said he doesn't get injured much. He got out


so well. Let's hope it is just a bit of cramp or something and not a


hamstring at this early stage in the year. James Dasaolu was charging at


the time, wasn't he? 10.25, the time, in the end. The most important


thing was to get that win for James. Collins roared out of the blocks.


I'm not sure if you got a full speed cramp. I think it is a Paul, if


anything. He looks like he is moving well. That left James Dasaolu the


clear victor. He is already in trouble there, you can see, can't


you? It is a shame for him. The start, and how well he was running,


he was heading if not to win it, certainly in contention. Such a


shame for Kim Collins. I'm sure we'll find out bad it is afterwards.


Into a slight headwind. A season's best for Joel Fearon.


We will find out now just how bad Kim Collins is. I will give you a


moment, Kim. James, a good win in interesting conditions in


Manchester. Tonight, it is barmy and lovely - was it good for sprinting?


Perfect for sprinting. This is my first time this week. I didn't think


I got as good a start as possible. I have been working on my endurance


aspect, and I think that told towards the back end. Kim Collins


pulled up, of course. Kim, what was it? Nothing too serious, we are


hoping. A cramp. Nothing serious. I wanted to come back and defend my


title and have a good season's best, but unfortunately, the body said no


today. Still happy to be here, and hopefully I can get it sorted out.


Steve Cram will be thrilled to hear it is just cramp. He was talking in


the commentary about how you are 41 years old, and the fact you have


never had major injuries has helped you to have this longevity, and I


thought they were worried it was something more serious. So we will


see more Collins this season? I just need to relax. Sometimes you just


want it too bad, and you have to relax. I have nothing to prove that


41, just have fun. Can you tell me this see -- the secret of the


journal you? Watch out for the book coming out! COMMENTATOR: From Greg


Rutherford, this, the final job of the competition. He has already won


with his second round effort of 8.08 needs is ahead of Emiliano Lasa of


Uruguay. So, this is a freebie. What can he do to impress this crowd so


close to that jumping runway? It's better. It over eight metres again,


for Rutherford. Eyeing up the sand, there. Gathering all the support


from the crowd, great support in Albert Square for Rutherford. 8.18


metres. Well, he saved his best for last. Such an important year. We had


murmurs -- we heard murmurs of a poorly back. No sign of that. A


season's best. 8.18, and a win. It was some margin of victory for Greg


Rutherford, the only man to go beyond eight metres will stop 7.96


the best of the rest of the field. A win for Rutherford and a good start


to the 2017 summer. I think the last time Denise and I


chatted to you was in another city games in Gateshead, down by the


time, and you were about to put your dancing shoes on, which went very


well. I don't know about that! I thought it dead. You have done a


winter of training and it looks like it has gone pretty well. I am lost


for words myself. I have had an ankle injury, spent the last couple


of months in America, where it seemed I was hurting my back every


few weeks, so I thought this would not be a very good competition, but


I thought it was important to come here and test myself. I am


absolutely thrilled, genuinely very surprised and over the moon. The


second best ever opening competition I have had in my career. We were


just debating injuries. It gets harder and harder, so to pull 8.18


out of the bag... How did you do it? The thing is, I'm getting old... I


was just chatting to Kim 's cut -- Kim Collins, and he's old! It is


something I am realising. The older you get, the slower you recover, and


that is what I have been finding. I used to be known as Wolverine and I


would recover quickly, but now it takes longer. To perform like that


today, I am really thrilled, but we had an absolutely incredible crowd


behind us and it was really special to have so many people getting


behind us and willing us on. Everyone out there had a fantastic


time from that point of view. The atmosphere is sensational this


evening. The bigger picture this year, ten weeks to the World


Championships in London, the stage where you burst into our lives


spectacularly five years ago, and that Olympic gold medal. The long


jumping is opening up a bit. We have seen man younger throwing in some


big jumps, it will be a competitive season. Yell it is exactly what we


have needed, an exciting year of long jump. The competitive side of


me is desperate to face him and really push him. I live for these


competitions, for this event to be pushed on, and to get better myself.


I feel like with people like that are run, that is what will happen,


everyone will rise up a bit and push on a bit more. I am excited.


Well done on your opening jump of the season, your opening


competition. Let's head back out to the track, because the hurdles are


out. Steve Cram. COMMENTATOR: The 110 metres for the men, and then the


100 metres for the women to finish. Orlando Ortega, one of the big names


in hurdling, the Olympic silver-medallist, taking on Dave


King, Aurel Manga, and Andreas Martinson from Denmark.


Martinsen will be hoping to carry that good indoor season into this


summer. He has had one race already this year. Here he is, Orlando


Ortega. He was in the European indoor Championships. A horrendous


race in the final, but going back to reopen a silver-medallist at started


the season very well. -- and started the season will stop Dave King has


had a good start to the season, a new personal best of 13.49, in


France behind one of their great hurdlers. They have a few of them,


including this man, Aurel Manga. I think mudguard is out for the season


with an injury, which is disappointing from their point of


view. -- Lagarde. Orlando Ortega... An event which they watch with great


interest in the Shanghai Diamond League. It was a good win for him


over there. He is in two. A good, clean start. King got out


well, so did Orlando Ortega. The Olympic silver-medallist starting to


move away. King is going well. It is going to be Orlando Ortega, type a


second. It may well be King, just ahead of Aurel Manga. A little shake


of the head. He kind of got out reasonably well, but I said he was


hurdling cleanly, so I don't know if he was struggling with pace today.


13.5, by his standards, is not that quick, Colin. He was very casual


with his approach to his race, is the word I would use, Steve. He was


just going through the motions, literally like a qualifying round


you would do in a major championships, like in a heat.


Remember, he has gone under 13 seconds, so he is nearly six metres


down on what he is capable that is best. With a good tailwind, I


expected him to go a little quicker than that, but a victory is a


victory, and he will move on on the circuit. Congratulations, and it's a


great event, this, running in the streets, so close to the crowd - did


you enjoy the experience? Yes, it is my second time here in Manchester,


so I feel so happy. I like this so much, this competition, with the


people, with everybody's support, so I feel happy. After your success in


Rio, you must have had an interesting winter wear, encouraged


by getting a medal in Rio, you are looking for an even better one in


London. Rio was so beautiful but now I just want to focus on the World


Championships in London. Race for race and competition for


competition, but everything is focused on London. You are fit and


well. Well done tonight. Thank you. COMMENTATOR: Because of the Cross


streets, the wind can change during the course of the race, but 13.5, a


good win for him. Second place has been given to Aurel Manga, on the


same time as David King - 13.66. COMMENTATOR: Pedro! Oh, brilliant


goal! It promises to be a cracker and our


coverage of the FA Cup Final starts at midday tomorrow: On Sunday more


athletics: Then the Diamond League on BBC Two.


Great sport this weekend on the BBC. We're coming up to the last event


here in Manchester tonight. It features a woman who burst into our


hearts really in London, we knew a lot about Sally Pearson but her


gutsy Olympic gold in 2012 put her firmly on the map. We followed her


career with interest. She has been blighted with injury in the last few


years. There are signs that Sally is getting back to her best.


COMMENTATOR: Olympic 100m hurdles final. The Commonwealth champion,


world champion indoors and out, Sally Pearson of Australia. Pearson


gets a good start, so does Wells in the middle. Harper there. The


Australian has half a metre lead. Sally Pearson of Australia. She will


move ahead of the defending champion. She gets it on the line.


Gold for Australia. A new Olympic record. 12. 35, the world champion


now is the Olympic champion. Well, she broke her wrist a couple


of years ago. Then a hamstring problem last year. Sally Pearson has


not had much luck when it comes to her body in the last few years. 12.


74 already this season, signs are there that she's getting back to the


London best. Absolutely. Her hurdling is faultless, beautiful


hurdler. What we missed last year was the confidence. We've seen that


coming back. She's looking good. Confident Sally and a quick Sally is


a dangerous one. She'll need to be. We saw last year Kelly Harrison


didn't make the Olympic squad for the USA. She will be one of the


forces again. American hurdling is always strong. If it's not Kenny, it


will be someone else. We know the dominance of the US. One athlete


that I think can break that dominance is Sally. She's done it


before. She's been around a long time. She's the darling of


Australia. We love her here. We want to see her run well tonight. We have


Tiffany Porter and Cindy Ofili as well. Steve Cram tells us now. .


It's been a great atmosphere on the evening. A great race to finish with


first. Neither of the - neither Cindy or Tiffany ran indoors this


year. They have started racing each other. It wasn't great weather in


Japan last week. On that occasion Cindy beat her older sitter to,


sorry -- sister, sorry, Tiffany beat her younger sister. The two of them


haven't run as quick yet this year as Sally Pearson. As I said earlier,


as Gaby alluded to, Sally Pearson already raced or had an extensive


racing season in Australia. Then Isabelle Pedersen, based in the USA


now. Ran a new personal best over 200m and a pretty good start to her


season with 12. 87, just. 0. 01 outside her personal best. Cindy


will be wanting to beat her sister, but trying to get closer to Sally


Pearson. Ofili just missing out in fourth at the Olympics last year.


Pretty even start, maybe Tiffany Porter ahead of Ofili. Sally Pearson


with Pedersen on the far side. She could surprise them all. Pearson is


fighting back. Sally Pearson gets. It


12. 81. Well that was pride there as much as anything else. Pedersen has


had a great start to the year. She would have been surprised with two


flights of hurdles to go to find herself just in the lead. Little


shake of the head from Sally Pearson. She got out OK, then


Pedersen stormed through the first four or five flights. Sally Pearson


almost, you can't change gear in the hurdles, but it almost looked that


way. It certainly did. Tiffany got out really well. She made an error


there. That took her out of the race. Now Sally realises, hey,


what's going on to the right of me? Pushes hard and just takes it. It's


really important to win these races early in the season. It sets you up


so well. Because everybody in this field will step up in a month's


time. Their performances will be towards three or four tenths of a


second better, all of them. For me this is a really good mental victory


for Sally Pearson as well. Believing in herself. Knowing that she can


take on strong opponents and come out with a victory. It was a


cracking race. I mean Pedersen in the middle of the race there just


stole a yard. You saw Sally Pearson really react. Well that's the mark


of a winner. We know she's a winner, through her career. What a great


view those folks have got. You're right, Tiffany Porter a


stumble off hurdle five. Pedersen with her second to beat the two


British athletes. Cindy Ofili got out quite well, but a bit of work to


do. Sally, just catching her breath


here, and the guys in commentary there saying not that it's possible


in a sprint hurdle, but there was almost a change of pace when


Pedersen was coming up on you. Well, that was hard. It was so messy, I


think probably every single athlete in that race had the worse start.


Then Cindy was hitting the hurdles, no Tiffany, sorry. Isobel came up


and I thought, just stay strong. I probably the worst race in my life.


I was really messy. But I guess I was the one who stayed on my feet


the longest and got across the finish line first. Does that show us


the kind of shape you're in, 12. 81 and the worst race of your life? I


know I'm in good shape. I count myself lucky. I've been named on the


team for the world championships and nationals back in April. So right


now I'm in a rebuilding phase to the world championships. These races for


me are really important to build to that and make sure that I'm at my


best for the world championships in about ten weeks' time. It's exactly


ten weeks' time tonight. Just a word on, that because for you going back


into that Olympic Stadium, where you lit up so many hearts and minds an


you won over so many fans in this country. You've got such a great


place in British athletics and we love seeing you on the track. It


will be a big championships for you in so many ways. Definitely, in so


many ways. I've started coaching myself for the last eight months.


It's difficult but I'm back here and I'm out and healthy and happy.


That's the main thing. I'm happy to be here in Manchester today, staying


in one piece. Stay fit, because we can't wait to see you there. Thank


you. Just ten weeks' time. 9. 64! Wow. It's going to be two


gold medals for Great Britain. Wow! 3. 57. 51 and that is a new British


record. It is a new world record!


Wow! What a moment. 10. 72 and a roar from Elaine Thomson.


Watch the clock. It's a world record! Unbelievable.


Semena is the champion. 1. 55. 29. Look at her fly towards


the line. It is a new world record. Ten weeks, 70 days to go, 70 days


tonight the start of the world championships in London. I remember


walking out of the Olympic Stadium five-and-a-half years ago, thinking,


oh, it's so far away that world championships. But it's come round


in a flash. There is so much to look forward to. Tonight has whet the


appetite. It's been a great night of athletics. Stunning performances.


Great crowds. It's what we love, athletics is on a high at the


moment. It's kind of a period of transition in so many ways, with the


likes of Mo Farah saying it's his last year on the track. Usain Bolt


retiring. We will have a world championships without a Jess Ennis


in it. What are you looking forward to? What I'm most looking forward


to, at ledgics is has had a tough time over the period. Suddenly that


Olympic spirit comes back again. The stadium will be packed. Everybody


will be walking in there. The atmosphere will be amazing, lots of


people will be watching it from all round the world. We'll have another


Olympic Games in 20 is. It will feel like -- 2017. It will feel like


that. Especially if the sun is out like tonight. The new British talent


will come through, that we've been so excited about, Laura Muir for


one. So much still to do for the British athletes. Sally says she


knows she's competing for Australia. The Americans have their brutal


trials, where it's one, two, three. The Brits have the trials as well.


It's about staying fit and peaking at the same time. Staying fit and


healthy. Understanding that for British athletes it's an exciting


time. London's fantastic. Fast forward to the world indoors in


Birmingham. It's just a great time to be a British athlete. It's


exciting and they want to be at their best for the great British


public. They know that it's a platform that they can really push


athletics. You alluded to the troubles in sport in the last few


years. But coming to London can build a new fan base. Exactly. The


amazing thing is we will have people filling those gaps. We will say


farewell to Usain Bolt and Mo Farah. We will probably win a couple of


gold medals this time. At the end of the day, we will see a new


generation of athletes from around the world. The thing about athletics


is it's a truly worldwide sport. There you've got Sally Pearson, from


the other end of the world. She comes here tonight and they're


cheering her as though they know her because they saw her in London.


We'll see more in London, more performances like Sally's in London.


A great time. Tonight, your performances of the evening? Stand


out performances for me were Holly Bradshaw. Stunning national record,


4. 80 in the women's pole vault. It's brilliant. Obviously a bit


surprised when Greg for me, great performance, 8. 18, job done. He


said he's had a troubled few weeks. He's managing injuries. It's ironic


it came after talking about Kim Collins. . To longevity, as you know


only too well is managing injuries. I tell you what, we've seen really


good athletics tonight. The winner has been the city of Manchester


really. Yeah. I absolutely agree with you. Standing up in the face of


adversity, the way they have. They've come out to support it. The


athletes wanted to be here, they really D it's a demonstration --


really did. It's a real demonstration of unity. The guys


have said it there, and Manchester will come out again on Sunday of


course, the Great Manchester Run and 10 k takes place. The crowds and


participants will enjoy showing they are efient in the face of the


terrible -- defiant in the face of the terrible atrocities from earlier


this week. What's clear tonight is that Manchester has kept on running.


Thanks for watching. A very good night.


This is the place, in the North West of England, it's ace. It's the best


and the songs that we sing, from the stands from our bands set the whole


planet shaking. But we won't take defeat and we don't want your pity,


because this is the place where we stand strong together with a smile


on our face, Mancunians forever because this is the place in our


hearts, in our homes. Because this is the place that's a part of our


bones. Because Manchester gives us such strength from the fact that


this... Is THE place. Step in the arena,


Arsenal, Chelsea. We've scrapped, scored,


hurt, humbled. Never back down.


Never look back.


Gabby Logan presents live coverage of the Great CityGames from the heart of Manchester.

The annual event sees athletes sprint and hurdle over a variety of distances on a 200m temporary track on Deansgate, with long jump and pole vault competitions in the historic Albert Square.

Athletes competing on the track include Richard Kilty, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Kim Collins in the 150m, Jonnie Peacock and Richard Browne in the T44 100m, Stef Reid and Marlou van Rhijn in the women's T44 100m and James Dasaolu in the men's 100m and Asha Philip in the women's 100m. Over hurdles, Sally Pearson, Tiffany Porter, Orlando Ortega and Jack Green are some of the names racing over 100m, 110m and 200m.

A stone's throw away in Albert Square, reigning world champion Greg Rutherford competes in the long jump, with Holly Bradshaw in the women's pole vault.

Colin Jackson and Denise Lewis provide expert analysis, with commentary from Steve Cram and Steve Backley.

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