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Kilty set for Manchester

Richard Kilty will compete for the first time in Britain as a world champion when he races over 100 metres at the Great CityGames.

The Stockton athlete upset the odds to win 60m gold at the World Indoor Championships in March, having only made the team because of an injury to James Dasaolu.

The 24-year-old has been gearing up for the outdoor champaign at a warm-weather training camp in Florida as he looks to take his indoor form into the summer.

He will be up against American Trell Kimmons and European junior champion Ujah Chijindu in the street athletics event, racing on a purpose-built track on Deansgate in the city centre.

"It's going to be amazing," Kilty said. "I couldn't think of anything better than to come home and run in Manchester as a new world champion.

"I'm proud to be a northerner and to run in front of a northern crowd in my first race in Britain after the World Indoor Championships is going to be really special."

That Kilty is now a headline name represents a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the sprinter.

In the winter of 2012/13, lacking sponsorship and funding, he was so short of money he could not afford the 5 entry to his local Clairville Stadium in Middlesbrough and was forced to run on a path alongside the River Tees.

He now trains in Loughborough under British Athletics sprints and jumps coach Rana Reider.

Also competing in Manchester will be Yohan Blake over 150m and Greg Rutherford, fresh from his British record in the long jump.