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Marilyn faces Meadows test again

PUBLISHED: 13:18 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 16:  Jenny Meadows of Great Britain beats Marilyn Okoro to the line in the 800m race during the Norwich Union Grand Prix at the NIA on February 16, 2008 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 16: Jenny Meadows of Great Britain beats Marilyn Okoro to the line in the 800m race during the Norwich Union Grand Prix at the NIA on February 16, 2008 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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By Ziad Chaudry JENNY Meadows is determined to spoil Olympic team-mate Marilyn Okoro s pre-Beijing send-off this weekend at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. The rivals go head-to-head in the women s 800m at the prestigious London Grand Prix on Satur

By Ziad Chaudry

JENNY Meadows is determined to spoil Olympic team-mate Marilyn Okoro's pre-Beijing send-off this weekend at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

The rivals go head-to-head in the women's 800m at the prestigious London Grand Prix on Saturday and Sunday before heading off to the Chinese capital next month on Olympic duty.

Okoro, from Neasden, lost twice to Meadows earlier this year in Sheffield and Birmingham, but leads the series overall by eight races to five.

Also in the field is Jemma Simpson, who was runner-up to Okoro in the recent UK Championships, and will also be competing in the same event in Beijing.

Meadows, the British number two, missed the UK Championships due to illness, but booked her Olympic place after improving her personal best to one minute 59.11 seconds at the IAAF Golden League meeting in Paris last Friday.

Speaking exclusively to the Times, Meadows said: "I don't think Marilyn will be looking forward to racing me at Crystal Palace. She will have a lot of friends and family supporting her and hopefully I will upset a few.

"We have quite a rivalry but we have great respect for each other. I win one then she wins the next - but secretly both of us will be thinking about beating each other this weekend.

"It will be great to trying to get one over my British rivals at Crystal Palace. It'll be our last race before Beijing so we will all be really excited to do that one."

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