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British 800m rivals Jenny Meadows and Marilyn Okoro are ready to kick-start their 2011 Aviva Series campaign at the Aviva International Match later this month and hope to further the middle distance supremacy which was set in 2010.
The contest, which will take place at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall ISA on 29 January, is the first event on their 20 month pathway to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Meadows comes into Glasgow on the back of a memorable 2010 season, which saw her add a European bronze and World Indoor silver to the bronze medal she achieved at the World Championships in Berlin the year before and she is desperate to help the Aviva GB & NI team secure a second successive victory against teams representing USA, Sweden, Germany and a Commonwealth select
However, the 29-year-old admits the nerves are already starting ahead of the contest, but she is certain the residents of Glasgow will cheer her and her Aviva GB & NI teammates on to another Aviva International Match victory.
Equally excited about the match-up is Okoro who, having missed a majority of the 2010 season through injury, will turn out for the Commonwealth select team. The Shaftesbury Barnett runner last competed in Glasgow in 2009, where she got the better of Meadows and finished ahead of Meadows the ‘pocket rocket’ in first place.Okoro believes that the renewed competition with her long term 800m rival can launch them both to success in 2011 and moreover, provide the fuel to fire them to Olympic glory the following summer.
Fresh off the back of Glasgow, athletics fans will not have to wait long to see the explosive duo in action again, as they both take the track just a few weeks later at the Aviva Grand Prix at the NIA on 19 February.