Athletics: Richardson seeks fringe benefit: United States second-string come to Edinburgh

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BRITAIN'S six winners in the European Cup will all do their duty in tonight's TSB Challenge at Edinburgh. But it is athletes on the fringes who stand to gain most.

With three places in each event in this match against a United States team drawn largely from the reserves the way is open for some reputations to be made or consolidated.

Mark Richardson, who spent most of his junior years beating David Grindley at 400 metres, lines up alongside his old rival aiming to show that he is a genuine contender for a world championships relay place and even an individual place.

Martin Steele, who was not selected for the European Cup 800m despite winning the British championships and beating Tom McKean, the man chosen for Rome, in successive weeks, goes again against the Scot and David Sharpe.

In the 400m hurdles Kriss Akabusi, who was picked for the European Cup on the basis of his experience, faces the man whom he said would be a better choice, Gary Cadogan, who won the British championships last month in his fifth race over the distance.

Toby Box, the 20-year-old from Stockport who raised his profile with a promising performance in the British championships, has his first senior international outing at 100m against the Olympic champion, Linford Christie, and the former world record-holder, Calvin Smith.

In the 200m Darren Campbell, one of last year's world junior champion sprint relay team, matches himself with Christie and John Regis, who also races in the shorter sprint.

Steve Smith, whose disappointing showing in the European Cup high jump played a part in leaving Britain with a lower-than-expected first-day total, meets the man who felt he should have been selected in the first place, Dalton Grant.