Simeon Williamson is adamant Dwain Chambers can be overtaken as British No 1 in the Blue Riband event at the Alexander Stadium this weekend.
The aspiring 23-year-old finished second in the 100m behind the controversial Londoner at the Olympic Trials and UK Championship last summer but insists he can go one better this time round.
He has also set his sights on breaking the fabled ten second barrier.
Chambers, Linford Christie and Jason Gardener are the only Britons ever do have done that, although the 10.03 seconds Williamson needed to cover the Birmingham track last July took him to fourth on the all time list.
He is ready to go even faster this year and believes a winter spent training with former world record holder Asafa Powell will pay dividends when he goes head to head with the persona non grata of British athletics.
“I want to go sub-ten this weekend,” Williamson said. “That is what I think it will take to win.
“I am a tenth quicker than I was last year so hopefully I’ll be a tenth quicker at the weekend.”
Williamson will also have to beat former domestic sprint champion Marlon Devonish and the returning Mark Lewis-Francis.
The Darlaston Dart has been out for nearly two years with an Achilles injury and although he is finally back running, his times are far from spectacular. In the long jump Jonathan Moore and Nathan Morgan will try to gatecrash the battle between Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson and achieve a leap of 8.15m.
In the women’s 400m, World and Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu is looking to find form over one lap after being routed in Oslo last week.
Heptathletes Kelly Sotherton and Louise Hazel refine their preparations in jumping and throwing events, with Sotherton set for an intriguing clash with world No 1 Jessica Ennis in the high jump.
Birchfield’s rising star Eden Francis is looking to become national champion in shot and consolidate her position in discus.