London 2012 Olympics: Simeon Williamson back on track

Williamson back on the fast track to London after injury hell

Back on track: Simeon Williamson

Back on track: Simeon Williamson

Simeon Williamson will look to put a
two-year injury nightmare behind him when he starts his bid for an
Olympic place at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham next month.

The 26-year-old, who beat Dwain
Chambers to the 2009 UK 100 metres title, has missed virtually the
entire last two years with a serious knee injury.

But the Londoner, once touted as
Britain's best hope for a sprint medal at the London Games by no less
than Usain Bolt, will compete against the likes of Asafa Powell and Kim
Collins over 60m at the NIA on February 18.

'I'm raring to go this year,' he
said. 'I had knee surgery which caused me to miss the 2010 season and
most of 2011, but I'm fit and healthy now and I can't wait to get out
there.

'The indoor season is really
important to my development this year, it's been a while since I've
really been out on the racing circuit but now that it's 2012 I want to
be in top form and that's only going to come from getting out there and
racing.

'I want to succeed in 2012, I want to do well at the Olympics, but I'm not really one for talking. I just want to get out there and show that I can do it with my performances on the track.

'I'm looking forward to competing at the Aviva Grand Prix, the crowd is always really enthusiastic and that makes a big difference. I'm pumped to get out on the track, I've been training with Asafa in Jamaica and I'm looking forward to racing him. Hopefully I can pull out a great performance.'

Williamson will also take on in Birmingham one of his rivals for a 100m spot in the Great Britain team at the Olympics, Mark Lewis-Francis.

The 29-year-old Lewis-Francis, who confirmed he will open his season at the Aviva International Match in Glasgow on January 28, is looking to bounce back following an injury-hit season.

He suffered a hamstring injury at last year's Aviva Grand Prix before missing out on an individual place at the World Championships.

Lewis-Francis said: 'I'm feeling positive about the year ahead. I had a good year in 2010, winning silver medals in the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games, but injury held me back in 2011.

'I hope 2012 will be another good year and free of injury. In sport you never know what's going to happen next, so I'm feeling excited about what's to come.'