Britain's Newest Middle Distance Star Will Race at Muller Grand Prix Birmingham
Britain’s newest middle distance star and London 2017 finalist Kyle Langford will be looking to put on another spectacular show when he races new world silver and bronze medallists Adam Kszczot and Kipyegon Bett, plus a top-class field, at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham next week.
Langford clocked a personal best of 1:45.25 after charging down the final straight at the IAAF World Championships in the London Stadium last night, but just missed out on the bronze medal by four hundredths of a second.
In addition to Kszczot and Bett, the 2015 European junior champion will be up against London 2012 Olympic 800m silver medallist Nijel Amos, three-time 1500m world champion Asbel Kiprop and British 800m champion Eliot Giles, at the Alexander Stadium on 20 August.
Langford said: “It’s been an amazing season for me and it was a dream to reach the World Championships final. I could never have imagined making the final at my second World Championships, let alone being so close to a medal, so I will have a lot to celebrate when I race at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham.”
He added: “It would be fantastic to follow up my performance in London with a good run in Birmingham, but there’s a strong line-up and it will be a tough race.”
A host of Olympic and world medallists will compete at the prestigious IAAF Diamond League meeting, which will be the culmination of an outstanding summer of global athletics events in the UK and include Mo Farah’s last ever track race on home soil.
Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, who support and help to organise the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham, said: “The Birmingham Alexander Stadium is steeped in athletics history and Birmingham is considered to be the home of athletics in Britain, so there couldn’t be a better venue for this prestigious Diamond League event. Birmingham loves sport, and athletics in particular, so I am sure that people from across the city will flock to the stadium to see some of the world’s best athletes compete.”
The Müller Grand Prix Birmingham takes place exactly one week after the end of the IAAF World Championships in London which run from 4-13 August.