The world’s fastest man and Britain’s double Olympic champion both return to the stage of their London 2012 exploits for the Muller Anniversary Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park tonight (Friday, 22 July) and on Saturday. Usain Bolt and Mo Farah are amongst a galaxy of stars set to entertain capacity crowds as the IAAF Diamond League comes to town.
Events start at 7pm today in the Olympic Stadium - now home to West Ham FC - and at 12pm on Saturday with more than 8 hours of top class action over two days. The most famous hamstring in athletics history has been declared good to go in the men’s 200m, scheduled to close Friday’s programme. Its owner, Usain Bolt, will face Adam Gemili, who has made a full recovery from his own hamstring problems to be ready for Rio.
Mo Farah is expected to bring the meeting to a close around 13 minutes after starting the 5000m on Saturday afternoon. He will line up against many of his Rio 2016 rivals including Diamond League leader, Muktar Edris, in a hugely talented field. This will be the first time Mo has raced 5000m in the Olympic Stadium since his gold medal runs in 2012 and he says he is looking forward to the challenge: “Racing in the Olympic Stadium is always amazing and I can’t wait to get back to London for the Muller Anniversary Games. This will be my final race before the Rio Olympics and I want to give my home fans a day to remember!”
There are also a host of world class para-athletes competing in the IPC Grand Prix Final between 12:00pm and 2:00pm on Saturday, including Great Britain’s Hannah Cockcroft, David Weir and Jonny Peacock.
Organisers have suggested the event will be like ‘Rio in a weekend’ with the London Anniversary Games being held two weeks before the Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro and all the action will be screened on BBC.
For a timetable of events and much more information visit British Athletics.