European champion to race at London Diamond League meeting as he works towards the World Championships in Beijing

Adam Gemili is the latest athlete to be confirmed for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games taking place in the former Olympic Stadium in London from July 24-26.

With the IAAF World Championships held just one month later, the European 200m champion is looking forward to using the London Diamond League meeting as an important test as he works towards Beijing.

“I can’t wait to compete against the world’s best sprinters in the former Olympic Stadium at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, which will give me a clear insight into where I am ahead of the world championships,” said the 21-year-old. “It’s an inspirational venue and I’m sure this race will have a major championship feel.

“As a Londoner it really means a lot to me to be able to compete at such a prestigious event in my home city, alongside so many Olympic and world champions. I raced at the inaugural event in 2013, so I know the atmosphere will be amazing because the support of the British crowd is always fantastic.”

The Commonwealth 100m silver medallist added: “The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will be one of the best events in Britain this year and I hope sports fans of all ages will come along to experience the magic of big-time athletics and relive some of the memories of London 2012.”

This year’s Anniversary Games event includes the two-day Diamond League meeting on the Friday and Saturday, before the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final takes place on the Sunday.

Organisers have also announced that the first ever Diamond Relay will take place at the Olympic Park on Monday July 27. Involving workplace and company colleagues, runners of all abilities will take on a 5x5km road race which will finish on the Olympic track. Further details about the Diamond Relay can be found here.

British Athletics’ major event director, Cherry Alexander, said: “The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will once again see the cream of global athletics gather in London at the former Olympic Stadium, for one of the biggest meetings in the world.

“It will be a perfect platform for the new generation of British athletes, such as Adam and our talented group of home-grown sprinters, to join our established stars and show what they can do before they head off to the world championships in Beijing.”

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