The world’s top athletes head to London as the British capital stages the latest Diamond League event
Britain’s premier invitational meeting – the Müller Anniversary Games – is also the only two-day IAAF Diamond League meeting, thus boasting the most comprehensive set of world-class fields on the circuit.
This weekend (July 20-21) several in-form Brits such as Laura Muir, Laura Weightman, Charlie Da’Vall Grice and Dina Asher-Smith are up against some of the best in the world.
Juan Miguel Echevarria, Christian Taylor, Daniel Stahl and Karsten Warholm are among the top overseas athletes in action.
Here we highlight some events you really won’t want to miss. Check out the July 18 edition of AW for our full preview and keep an eye on our website and social media channels over the weekend for updates.
An event timetable and entry lists can be found here.
1.20pm Men’s long jump
Cuba’s 2018 world No.1 Juan Miguel Echevarria could produce a massive jump in this non-Diamond League competition if he can connect properly with the take-off board, which he struggled to do in Lausanne. South Africa’s world champion Luvo Manyonga and Greece’s Miltiádis Tentóglou could pose a challenge.
2.09pm Women’s pole vault
Holly Bradshaw seeks a home win against a top field, which includes Greece’s world and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi, Sweden’s winner of two Diamond Leagues this year Angelica Bengtsson and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva.
3.39pm Women’s 1500m
Laura Muir is the class act of the field but Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen will be a threat following her recent breakthrough over 3000m. Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegaye, Morocco’s Rabab Arrafi, Axumawit Embaye and Britain’s Sarah McDonald bolster a strong line-up. Olympic and world champion Faith Kipyegon is a late withdrawal.
4.11pm Men’s T64 100m
Britain’s double Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock will be in action here against USA’s Richard Browne.
12.58pm Legends 4x100m
Past British greats such as Christine Ohuruogu, Tessa Sanderson and Andy Turner come out of retirement for these innovative mixed relays.
2.15pm Women’s 100m heats (3.50pm final)
European champion Dina Asher- Smith will be looking to see if she can push Jamaica’s twice Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce close. Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria returns to action after her surprise 200m win over the Brit in Stanford. GB’s Asha Philip makes her seasonal debut with team-mate Imani-Lara Lansiquot also running.
2.45pm Men’s Emsley Carr mile
In this historic race, 2017 Emsley Carr winner Jake Wightman is joined by Josh Kerr, Chris O’Hare, James West and Jake Heyward. From an international point of view, they face Ethiopia’s world indoor record-holder Samuel Tefera, 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Nick Willis of New Zealand and Filip Ingebrigtsen of Norway.
2.56pm Women’s 5000m
After her world mile record in Monaco, Sifan Hassan could challenge the world 5000m record of 14:11.15 held by Tirunesh Dibaba. In-form Brits Eilish McColgan and Laura Weightman will be looking to run well, the latter expecting an improvement on her 15:08.24 PB. World champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya seeks a return to her best form, while other contenders should be Kenya’s Agnes Tirop and Ethiopia’s Litsenbet Gidey.
» See the July 18 edition of AW magazine for our full preview. The event is set to be shown on BBC One, BBC Red Button and online
» Tickets for the Müller Anniversary Games are on sale at theticketfactory.com/british-athletics/online