By Mike Rowbottom

January 15 - yamile1Yamile Aldama, Britain's world indoor triple jump champion, has confirmed she will compete in the British Athletics Glasgow International Match at the Emirates Arena later this month.

Aldama, who jumped a season's best of 14.82 metres to take gold in Istanbul last March, will represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland as they go head-to-head with teams from the Commonwealth, Germany, Russia and the USA in the unique international format.

The 40-year-old former competitor for Cuba and Sudan was a comfortable winner in Glasgow last year with a jump of 14.03 metres and she will seek to retain her title.

The 1999 World Championship silver medallist overcame a shoulder injury to finish fifth at the London 2012 Olympics last August and is looking for a strong start to her season when she takes to the runway in Glasgow since that competition..

"Hopefully I can perform well again this year and give myself good preparation for the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg," said Aldama.

The match will be the first top class athletics meeting to be held at Glasgow's brand new 5,000 seat state-of-the-art Emirates Arena and Aldama is looking forward to competing in front of the Scottish crowd.

Yamile Aldama jumpingYamile Aldama will be returning to Glasgow to start her 2013 season

"The Emirates Arena looks like a fantastic facility and it's a great opportunity to be able to compete there," she said.

"It's always great to jump on home soil and I'm sure the Glasgow crowd will create another brilliant atmosphere and give plenty of support to the British athletes."

Amongst those that Aldama will face in Glasgow is 2005 World champion and double-Commonwealth gold medallist Trecia Smith of Jamaica, who will represent the Commonwealth Select team.

Also competing in Glasgow will be World Indoor 4x400 metres relay champion Perri Shakes-Drayton, Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz, World Indoor pole vault bronze medallist Holly Bleasdale, World Indoor long jump bronze medallist Shara Proctor, former world 100m Champion Kim Collins and Scotland's three-time Olympian Lee McConnell.

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