Athletics: Vauxhall International - Birmingham

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Great Britain's indoor season continues tomorrow in the Vauxhall International against the United States at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham. Sally Gunnell, the Olympic 400 metres hurdles champion, runs her first indoor race in Britain since February of last year when she completed the 400 metres on the same track in 52.09sec. On Wednesday, at an international indoor meeting in Ghent, she ran the 400 metres in 53.15, finishing third. Running on board in Belgium, however, will have given her the necessary fine-tuning for Birmingham, which is just as well as Gunnell competes against accomplished American outdoor opposition in Anita Howard and Kendra Mackay. David Grindley, Britain's No 1 at 400 metres, competes in the same event for the men, while Tom McKean, who won in Ghent, runs the 800 metres. The meeting starts at 12.15pm.

How to get there: National Indoor Arena, King Edward's Road, Birmingham. Junction 6 of M6 and the Arena is signposted from the A38(M). Fifteen-minute walk from New Street station. Admission: pounds 12 and pounds 10 adults, pounds 6 and pounds 5 children under-16/OAPs. (Box Office 021-200 2222; credit cards 021-633 3333).

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