Kelly Sotherton will continue what has been a long, hard summer when she leads her Great Britain team-mates in a newstyle international match in Paris on Saturday.

The Birchfield Harrier, who missed out on a heptathlon bronze medal by only 50 points in the recent world championships, will compete in the long jump in the DecaNation match which featured the ten events of the decathlon against sides from China, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain and USA.

Despite a clash with its own UK Challenge Final at Manchester's Sportcity, UK Athletics believes it is imperative they accept the opportunity of as much international competition as possible.

"There were two reasons why the decision was taken to go ahead despite the clash, " David Moorcroft, chief executive of UK Athletics, said.

"First, we had already made a commitment and, in the spirit of entente cordiale, we will continue to work with our colleagues in France.

"Second, we like the idea of supporting the DecaNation because it is an unusual and interesting concept that we may use here."


100m, Simeon Williamson (Highgate Harriers); 400m, Andre Fernandez (Chelmsford AC); 1500m, Mohamed Farah (Newham and Essex Beagles); 110m hurdles, Andy Turner (Notts AC/Sale Harriers Manchester); high jump, Ben Challenger (Belgrave Harriers); long jump, Chris Tomlinson (Newham and Essex Beagles); pole vault, Nick Buckfield (Crawley AC); shot, Carl Myerscough (Blackpool and Fylde); discus, Emeka Udechuku (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies); javelin, David Parker (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers).

Women: 100m, Emma Ania ( Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers); Christine Ohuruogu (Newham and Essex Beagles); 1500m, Lisa Dobriskey (Ashford AC); 100m hurdles, Sarah Claxton ( Woodford Green with Essex Ladies); high jump, Julia Bennett (Epsom and Ewell); long jump, Kelly Sotherton (Birchfield Harriers); pole vault, Janine Whitlock (Trafford AC); shot, Julie Dunkley (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers); discus, Claire Smithson (Brighton and Hove); javelin, Shelley Holroyd (Sale Harriers Manchester).