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Glasgow ready for a high-class Diamond League meet

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Yohan Blake will be one of the athletes hoping  to impress in Glasgow (©GettyImages)
Yohan Blake will be one of the athletes hoping to impress in Glasgow (©GettyImages).

Glasgow has a chance to show off it's hosting skills this weekend as the latest round of the Diamond League comes to Scotland.

With a little under two weeks to go until the Scottish city hosts the Commonwealth Games, a host of high-class athletes are converging on Hampden Park for the only two-day Diamond League event of the season.

Among the names competing are Yohan Blake, David Rudisha, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, James Dasaolu and Eilidh Child.

Last chance for the Brits

For the British athletes, this could be the last chance to show the selectors why they should be chosen to compete in the Commonwealths.

Dwain Chambers' win in the 100 metres at the British Championships earlier in the month have given the English selectors a real dilemma.

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey finished second in that race meaning the pair automatically qualified for the European Championships in Zurich in August.

The fight for the final spot on Team England is between Dasaolu and Chijindu Ujah, who have both run sub-10 seconds before. Ujah managed his 9.96s earlier in the season, while Dasaolu's 9.91s came last year before an injury-hit 2014.

The 26-year-old returned to action at the Diamond League in Lausanne last week and looked impressive in clocking 10.03s. Whoever is to be selected, the result from this weekend's race may be crucial in the decision.

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Blake struggles

Also going in that 100m race is Jamaica's Yohan Blake. In 2011 and 2012 Blake showed the world he is one of the fastest sprinters of all-time. Since then, however, the 24-year-old has struggled.

He missed the majority of 2013 through injury, and has looked a shadow of his former self since his return last month.

In a similar boat to Blake is his compatriot Fraser-Pryce. The Olympic champion over the shortest distance has struggled with a leg injury this year and will want to prove her fitness this weekend ahead of her likely Commonwealth showdown with Nigerian Blessing Okagbare.

Elsewhere, Rudisha will be hoping to return to the form which saw him stun the London crowd in the Olympics two years ago when he runs in the 800m, while Scotland's Child will want to put on a good show in front of her home fans in the 400m hurdles.

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