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Anniversary Games will be like an Olympic final, says Emily

WEST Olympians Emily Diamond and Danny Talbot get a chance to savour the atmosphere at the London Olympic Stadium when they line up in the Muller Anniversary Games tomorrow.

The IAAF Diamond League meeting is effectively a dress rehearsal for the World Championships at the same venue next month and has attracted a world class line-up.

Bristol & West AC’s Diamond, who lives in Frome, has an extra incentive to do well after being denied the British title last weekend by four one-hundredths of a second to Zoey Clark.

“Sunday is an incredible field which looks like an Olympic final,” said Diamond (pictured above).

“There is (World champion) Alison Felix and (former World champion) Novelene Williams-Mills plus Natasha Hastings. The last I heard there were three Americans, three Jamaicans, myself and Fria Guei of France.

“I can go into that race under no pressure at all as no-one will be expecting too much from me but I will be looking for a decent time.

“After that I have a race in Madrid on July 14th and then it will be onto Paris with the GB team for a spell at the holding camp before coming back to London for the World Championships.”

Trowbridge Tornado Talbot was also a silver medal winner at the trials as he was just beaten by current UK No 1 Nethaneel Mitchel-Blake but like Diamond it was good enough to secure his place in the team for the World Championships.

Tomorrow Talbot (pictured right) will renew his battle with Mitchel-Blake but the field also boasts top American champions in Ameer Webb and 400m star Fred Kerley, plus leading Europeans Christophe Lemaitre and Churandy Martina.

Talbot clocked a legal lifetime best of 20.20secs last weekend and he will be looking for another solid run and time in the run-up to the Worlds.