A look ahead to the London Diamond League meeting, where Mo Farah, Laura Muir and Kendra Harrison are among the athletes in action
The Müller Anniversary Games is only a one-day meeting this year and so there are less events, but the quality for Sunday’s Diamond League fixture is still high as athletes are keen to compete at the IAAF World Championships venue.
It might be lacking a few of the sport’s very biggest names in 2017 but the organisers can rightly claim it as one-day World Championships, with stars such as Mo Farah, Laura Muir and Kendra Harrison among those in action.
A number of Britons yet to be selected for London 2017 will be using the event as an opportunity to either impress the selectors or bag a qualifying mark to be added to the World Championships team.
Here we highlight five events on the packed programme. For our full three-page event-by-event preview check out the July 6 edition of AW magazine, which is available to buy and read digitally here.
Men’s 3000m (15:48)
Mo Farah’s British Diamond League races have rarely been nail-biting affairs with top opposition often kept away but, presuming he has recovered from his Ostrava 10,000m last week, the Briton may want to improve his 7:32.62 UK record time from Birmingham last year in his final Anniversary Games appearance.
Andrew Butchart will certainly be looking to improve his PB while the best of the overseas opposition could be three London-bound Americans Ryan Hill, Eric Jenkins and Hassan Mead plus in-form Aussie Pat Tiernan.
Women’s mile (15:38)
Laura Muir broke the British 1500m record in this meeting last year and this time she turns her attention to Zola Budd’s 32-year-old UK mile record of 4:17.57. Muir’s best so far is 4:19.12.
Muir has not had quite the outdoor season she planned due to a foot injury but she bounced back with an 800m personal best of 1:58.69 at the Lausanne Diamond league this week which moves her to eighth on the UK all-time list.
The opposition is challenging but not what she will face at the World Champs with Sifan Hassan no longer in the line-up.
She may face Hellen Obiri though if she runs the 5000m at the World Championships and the Olympic silver medallist has been in superb form at the longer distance but also ran a 4:00.46 1500m this year.
Former world champion Jenny Simpson won the US trials from Kate Grace and this pair could challenge the Scot along with sub-four runner this year Winny Chebet.
Three other UK athletes who guaranteed their London places at Birmingham – Laura Weightman, Jessica Judd and Steph Twell – are also in action. The latter having to contest this race as it is the longest event. Jenny Meadows sets the pace.
Women’s 100m hurdles (HT A 13:24, HT B 13:32, Final 15:17)
Last year Kendra Harrison set a world record at this meeting and she is back, fresh from clocking a world-leading 12.28 in Hungary on Tuesday. The two women behind her in the world rankings – Jasmin Stowers and Nia Ali – compete along with former world and Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia.
British heptathlon hope Katarina Johnson-Thompson will look for a fast time in the heats.
T54 men’s 800m (13:06)
After his multi successes in the 2012 Paralympics, David Weir competes in his final track race. The six-time Paralympic gold medallist will go up against athletes including fellow Britons Mickey Bushell, Simon Lawson and Sheikh Sheikh.
Women’s long jump (14:37)
Johnson-Thompson also features here along with fellow Brits Lorraine Ugen and Jazmin Sawyers. They will take on some top competition as they face Olympic champion Tianna Bartolettaof the United States and European indoor champion Ivana Spanovic of Serbia.
» Entry lists can be found here. Check out the July 6 edition of AW magazine for a full event-by-event preview to the Müller Anniversary Games