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Mo Farah pleased to be back in front of 'special' home crowd in Birmingham

After the success of our athletes over the last few weeks in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games and in Zurich for the European Championships now they're coming to Birmingham for the Diamond League Grand Prix event starting on Sunday.

Some of the world's top performers will be there including David Rudisha, Stoke-on-Trent's Ashlee Nelson and Mo Farah.

Michael Sibert spoke to Mo and asked him how pleased he was to be competing back in Birmingham in front of a British home crowd.

Shock bronze for Harry in Zurich

Loughborough's Harry Aikines-Aryeetey crosses the line third in the final of the 100m Credit: PA

Loughborough athlete Harry Aikines-Aryeetey won a shock medal in the 100m final at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

His time of 10:24 in difficult conditions was enough for a bronze medal.

He beat fellow British athlete Dwain Chambers in a photo finish by two hundredths of a second. The gold was won by another British sprinter James Dasaolu.


Nelson takes bronze to make history

Ashleigh Nelson celebrates third place in the Women's 100m Final Credit: PA

Ashleigh Nelson has become the first female british sprinter in 40 years to win a European 100m medal.

The 23-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent ran 11.22 in difficult conditions to win a bronze medal in the final at the European Athletics Championship in Zurich. She won a bronze as part of the 4x100m relay team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow two weeks ago.

She ran a personal best in the semi-final earlier in the week to qualify for the final.

Wolverhampton's Matthew Hudson-Smith qualifies for 400m semi-finals

Commonwealth gold medalist Matthew Hudson-Smith Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Commonwealth gold medalist Matthew Hudson-Smith from Wolverhampton has qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m at the European Athletics Championship.

The Birchfield Harriers' sprinter made the step up from the junior circuit to run the final leg in the 4x400m victory in Glasgow two weeks ago but ran in the heats on the individual event on the first morning in Zurich.

His time of 46:07 was enough for the 19-year-old win his heat and qualify for the semi-finals tomorrow afternoon.

Stoke's Ashleigh Nelson runs PB to qualify for 100m semi-final

Pictured here during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ashleigh Nelson has run a personal best time to qualify for the semi-finals of the Women's 100m at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

The 23-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent won a bronze medal as part of the 4x100m relay team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to add to her bronze at the World Championships in the same event last year.

Her time of 11.19 on the first morning of the European Athletics Championships was a personal best in the individual 100m event.

It was enough to qualify in second place in her heat. The semi-final is on Wednesday afternoon.

Birmingham's Hannah England qualifies for 1500m final

Hannah England Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Hannah England has qualified for the final of the 1500m on the first morning of the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

The Birmingham athlete qualified 5th fastest in her semi final with a time of 4:10:73.

The final is on Friday at 16:35.

The former World Championship silver medalist finished 7th in the Commonwealth Games two weeks ago.


Hannah England named GB captain for athletics championships

Hannah England competing Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Hannah England has been names captain of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Athletics Team Championships in Germany.

The Birchfield Harriers runner was selected by Director of British Athletics, Neil Black, and will lead the team at the Eintracht Stadium in Braunschweig on 21 and 22 June.

England won silver in the 2011 1500m World Championships. Of her selection as captain she said:

"It’s amazing to be captain and it’s not something I had on my to do list, but when Neil asked me, it was a real honour."

Even my mum who’s not particularly into athletics was really proud and it’s a really standalone thing to captain my country."

"I’m quite nervous about giving a speech, but I take inspiration from some of the ones I’ve been a part of. It takes a lot to stand up in front of peers like that and it’s quite a personal thing_.”

UK Athletics Championships underway in Birmingham

The UK Athletics Championships are underway in Birmingham.

A selection of heats are being run tonight, with the main events taking place over the weekend. But they have been lit up by some high profile performances.

Dwain Chambers Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

British sprinter Dwain Chambers has set a season's best of 10.06 seconds in the men’s 100m heat, and if he can follow that with another good performance tomorrow he will automatically qualify for next month’s World Championships in Moscow.

Dai Greene was also in action tonight at the Alexander Stadium. He won his men’s 400m hurdles heat in 50.51 seconds, as he looks to get back into form following injury and illness.

In pictures: Day two of the Diamond League athletics in Birmingham

Mo Farah passed his biggest test of the year with flying colours as he claimed 5,000 metres victory over a strong field at the Sainsbury's Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

The double Olympic champion faced a stiff challenge, with the world's two fastest 5,000 metres runners – Ethiopian pair Yenew Alamirew and Hagos Gebrhiwet – on the start line.

Mo Farah celebrates after winning the Men's 5000m race Credit: PA
Perri-Shakes Drayton, Christine Ohuruogu and rising star Jessica Judd all claimed victory on the 400m hurdles Credit: PA
Hannah England running in the Women's 1500m Credit: PA
Great Britain's Nathan Douglas in action in the triple jump competition Credit: PA
Great Britain's Gianni Frankis came 4th in the 110m hurdles heats

Birmingham to stage 2013 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final

Hannah Cockcroft won a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport/PA

Some of the world's best athletes will come to Birmingham when the city stages the 2013 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final.

The event will take place at the Alexander Stadium on Saturday 29th June, three weeks before the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.

It will be the seventh and final event of the IPC Athletics Grand Prix and is expected to welcome more than 144 athletes competing in 18 events.

Hannah Cockcroft, British gold medal winner at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, said: “I'm so excited to see the UK hosting another world-class athletics event and this time in Birmingham, so even closer to home for me."

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