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Marilyn ready for fresh title tussle

PUBLISHED: 13:44 08 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 August 2010

GATESHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 31:  Marilyn Okoro of Great Britain wins the Women's 800 Metres during the Aviva British Grand Prix held at Gateshead International Stadium on August 31, 2008 in Gateshead, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

GATESHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 31: Marilyn Okoro of Great Britain wins the Women's 800 Metres during the Aviva British Grand Prix held at Gateshead International Stadium on August 31, 2008 in Gateshead, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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By Ziad Chaudry NEASDEN S Marilyn Okoro will attempt to rule the roost in Birmingham once again when she defends her national 800m title this weekend. The standard of the women s 800m in this country has become ever more competitive since Dame Kelly Holme

By Ziad Chaudry

NEASDEN'S Marilyn Okoro will attempt to rule the roost in Birmingham once again when she defends her national 800m title this weekend.

The standard of the women's 800m in this country has become ever more competitive since Dame Kelly Holmes struck Olympic gold in Sydney nine years ago.

Okoro wants to emulate her great hero, but is again expected to be involved in a dogfight with rivals Jemma Simpson and Jenny Meadows during one of the weekend's main attractions - also the Team GB trials for next month's IAAF World Championships in Berlin.

Last week Simpson, the 2007 national 800m champion, moved up to sixth in the world rankings after recording one minute 59.31 seconds in Madrid - the fastest outdoor time by a Brit this year.

In the same race, 24-year-old Okoro, the current British number one and an Olympic finalist last year, fended off American Christin Wurth-Thomas for third spot in 2:00.04, while Meadows finished fifth.


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