Jessica Ennis to lead Great Britain at Glasgow meet

HEPTATHLON world champion Jessica Ennis will captain the British team at the Aviva International Match in Glasgow on 30 January.

The multi-eventer from Sheffield will compete in the high jump as a representative of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team and also guest in the 60m hurdles.

Ennis leads a 17-strong team, which will face tough opposition from the United States, Sweden, a Commonwealth Select team and Germany in the first major domestic indoor meeting of the year at Kelvin Hall.

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With more than half the team enjoying a successful World Championship campaign in Berlin last August, and including Jenny Meadows and Lisa Dobriskey, the 800 metres bronze and 1,500m silver medallists respectively, the GB side should pose a real threat.

GB and Northern Ireland team for Aviva International in Glasgow on 30 January

Men: 60m: Craig Pickering (Marshall Milton Keynes); 200m: Leon Baptiste (Enfield & Haringey); 400m: Richard Buck (City of York); 800m: Joe Thomas (Cardiff); 3000m: Michael Skinner (Blackheath & Bromley); 60mh: Andy Turner (Sale); Long Jump: Chris Tomlinson (Newham & Essex Beagles); Triple Jump: Nathan Douglas (Oxford).

Women: 60m: Bernice Wilson (Birchfield Harriers); 200m: Helen Pryer (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow); 400m: Victoria Barr (Rugby & Northampton); 800m: Jenny Meadows (Wigan); 1500m: Lisa Dobriskey (Ashford); 3000m: Helen Clitheroe (Preston); 60mh: Sarah Claxton (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies); High Jump: Jessica Ennis (City of Sheffield).

&149 Commonwealth Select Team (selected Britons]: 60m: Harry Aikines Aryeetey (Sutton); Pole Vault: Luke Cutts (Dearneside); 3000m: Gemma Turtle (Gloucester).

&149 Guests: 60m: Nick Smith (Shaftesbury Barnet); 60mh: Jessica Ennis (City of Sheffield); High Jump: Vikki Hubbard (Birchfield Harriers).

Meanwhile, Haile Gebrselassie will restrict himself to just two marathons a year before bidding for a third gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Gebrselassie, who has two Olympic 10,000 metres titles already under his belt, is determined he can add to that tally despite the London event being billed as the most competitive marathon in Olympic history.

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The emergence of a new generation of African stars, led by reigning Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya, means world record holder Gebrselassie will face a severe challenge to his present domination of the event.

Gebrselassie starts his 2010 campaign at the Standard Chartered Marathon in Dubai on Friday where he will be chasing a third successive win and is also bidding to lower his current world mark of two hours three minutes and 59 seconds.

The 36-year-old Ethiopian has no thoughts of retirement on his mind, and admits he is excited about the prospect of competing in London.

"My plan is to run in 2012 in London – I have to be perfect for that year," Gebrselassie said. "It will be a tough competition with plenty of quality. Every year there are people improving a lot so I will just have to keep my power and shape for the next two years."

He stressed: "I don't want to run more than two marathons a year and this one is the first, and the next one – although I don't know where – will be in Europe."