Lynsey Sharp targeting win at Birmingham Diamond League

Lynsey Sharp is looking forward to facing a strong field at Birmingham
Lynsey Sharp is looking forward to facing a strong field at Birmingham
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Former European 800 metre champion Lynsey Sharp will go for her second victory at the Birmingham Diamond League after being confirmed in the field for the star-studded event on June 5.

The 25-year-old, who has won three British titles at the Alexander Stadium, had a breakthrough performance at the 2014 edition as she defeated a world-class field in a time of 1:59.14.

Sharp, gearing up to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games, will race against recently-crowned world indoor champions Francine Niyonsaba and Sifan Hassan as well as Eunice Sum, who beat her to gold at Glasgow 2014.

And the Capital star said: “I’m really looking forward to facing such a strong field. I’ve got great memories of winning in Birmingham and hopefully I can run well again this time. Everything is geared towards Rio and this is an important race in my build up.”

She will be joined on the entry list by European 400m hurdles champion Eilidh Child who is eager to get back into action after seven months kicking her heels.

The 29-year-old will start her Olympic countdown at the opening Diamond League meeting in Doha next month with a clash with world outdoor champion Zuzana Hejnova and recently-crowned world indoor 400m gold medallist Kemi Adekoya.

“The field is pretty stacked but it’s a Diamond League in an Olympic year so you can’t really expect anything else,” Child said. “I’m dying to race too, feels like ages. And after Doha, I’m heading off to Tenerife for a training camp for two weeks and then back to hopefully compete in both the Rome and Birmingham Diamond Leagues.”