Sanya Richards-Ross expects 400 metres rival Christine Ohuruogu to once again rise to the occasion on the big stage at the London Olympics - but is determined the Briton will not get the better of her this time.
Having gone into the 400m final at the Beijing Games in 2008 as favourite, America's Richards-Ross had to settle for bronze as Ohuruogu followed up her world title by making off with the gold medal.
It remains the only time the British athlete has triumphed in a race between the pair and Richards-Ross was subsequently crowned world champion a year later.
That is of little consolation to the 27-year-old from Texas, though, who is desperate to claim Olympic gold this summer and anticipates having to overcome another strong performance from Ohuruogu to do so.
Asked if she regarded Ohuruogu as a threat in London, Richards-Ross said: "Absolutely. The one thing about Christine which means we can't count her out is that when it comes to major championships, she shows up and runs really well.
"I think if you look at our record, she has only beaten me one time, but it really doesn't matter because she won the one that I wanted the most, so I think that evens out the rivalry.
"I definitely consider it that and I am really hoping that I can beat her this time at the Olympic Games - that is what I have been training so hard for."
She added: "I think in sport we all want the same thing, so I wouldn't call it revenge. I just want to claim what I believe could have been mine then and that I am hoping will be mine this time."
Richards-Ross was speaking in Manchester ahead of Sunday's Great CityGames there, where she will be competing in the 200m.
Among the British contingent taking part is Andy Turner, who is aiming to win both the 110m hurdles and 200m hurdles races for a third straight year and also has his sights firmly set on Olympic glory.
The 31-year-old won a bronze medal in the 110m event at last year's World Championship in Daegu but only after being promoted following the disqualification of Dayron Robles.
The experience left Turner with mixed emotions and he wants a "legitimate" place on the rostrum this summer.
"The thrill of winning a medal for me is not standing on the rostrum - it is the thrill of crossing the finishing line, knowing that you have come in the top three," Turner said.
"That is the feeling that I train for and I didn't get that in Daegu. To be promoted to third and just handed a medal kind of took away from everything, so this time definitely - I want to earn my place on the rostrum with a legitimate top-three finish."
The pole vault has been included in the Great CityGames for the first time this year and Lancashire's Holly Bleasdale, who has emerged as a genuine medal contender for London, will be taking part.
The 20-year-old is looking forward to taking a buzz from the Manchester crowd this weekend and feels the atmosphere at the Olympics - and weight of expectation - is something she will equally relish.
"It is my first Olympics and I think if it was any Olympics I'd feel pressure, but considering it is in my home country, there is so much pressure," Bleasdale said.
"I am trying to take that on, harness it and relish it. I'm not somebody who crumbles under pressure - I thrive off it, so for me, it is a good thing."
Also included in the line-up for Sunday are big-name British pair Jessica Ennis (100m hurdles) and Dwain Chambers (150m).
Chambers now has the all-clear to join Ennis and the rest of the GB team in London - should he be selected - after the Court of Arbitration for Sport declared the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban on drug cheats invalid.
Asked about Chambers' case, Bleasdale said: "Obviously you shouldn't take drugs, but if he has served his ban then I don't see why he can't compete.
"It should be one rule for all and other people have been allowed to run again."
Turner, although in favour of Olympic bans for drug cheats in principle, also feels it is only fair his friend Chambers has a chance to compete in London given the BOA were the only governing body across the world imposing such a lifetime rule.
"I have a lot of time for Dwain and I hope he does really well on Sunday and in the Games. I am all for him being part of the team," Turner said.
"I think the rule should be 'if you cheat, you are out', but it needed consistency and at the moment it has got that."
Alongside the Great CityGames, the Manchester Great Run will take place on Sunday, with Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie looking to win for a fourth consecutive time.