Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake aims to help fans forget British trial no-shows
Nathanael Blake Mitchell has also promised British track and field events this weekend in his first race in the UK since his last launch for Jamaica at the age of 13.
The Birmingham field has been decimated by the withdrawal of nearly all major British athletes – including Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Laura Muir, Jo Pavey and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
But 23-year-old Mitchell-Blake can help fill the void, showing quality that took less than 10 seconds to 100m, and less than 20 seconds to 200m in the American college system – then winning one Medal world championship in London in August.
“Being the world champion is the ultimate goal, but I have to pass the first test,” he said.
“I never go to a defeated race because if you do, you’ve already lost. So, finally, I want to win every race I participate.”
Blake Mitchell will only run in the 200-meter Birmingham knows he faces tough competition for the two automatic venues, including Zharnel Hughes, Adam Gemili and Danny Talbot, but he hopes his comeback inspires.
“I am delighted to run in front of the crowd,” he said. “It’s something I’ve never lived, but I’ve only heard things about it.
“The last time I ran in Britain, I was 13. I was running from Ilford CA, a small club, but that’s all I remember.
Hughes, who says he has recovered from a serious cruciate ligament injury that forced him to miss last year’s Olympics, believes he will return to the form that led him to fifth conclusion in the 200 meters in the World championships in Beijing in 2015.
“We are all capable of doing something spectacular,” he said. “I really do not know who the favorite is to race in the best race, but I feel much stronger now.”
It promises to be the race of the event, even with the absence of the athlete less than 20 seconds Miguel Francis – who recently changed the Antigua nationality – because of an ankle injury.
Many world championship venues are to win for two days in Birmingham and many eyes will be on the 200-meter European champion Dina Asher-Smith, who makes a welcome comeback after breaking her foot but has not yet decided to run 100 Mo 200 m.
The crowd will be denied the opportunity to see Farah and Johnson-Thompson, who played well enough to win the team and were allowed to concentrate on training.
World-wide long jump champion Rutherford and Muir, who won the 1,500 meters and in the interior of Europe 3,000 meters in March, are also out as they are recovering from injuries.
European indoor track champion Andy Pozzi, another world championship medal contender on the 110-meter hurdles, will test test to participate in the Diamond League meeting of Paris against a world-class field Saturday.
Most likely Pavey to the world championships in 43 years also reached after leaving the 5000 m with an Achilles problem. Pavey remains eligible for the 10 000 meters, but has more time to show his form and physical form.
Former 100-meter world championship medalist Tiffany Porter retired after a pinched hamstring while his sister Cindy Ofili was out of season for a muscle injury.