Olympic and Paralympic champions galore descend on the Olympic Stadium for the Müller Anniversary Games and here we highlight some of the action
Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill are among the athletes competing at London’s former Olympic Stadium on Friday and Saturday (July 22-23) for the Müller Anniversary Games – a meeting organisers are calling ‘Rio in a weekend’.
Every event is packed with quality, featuring lots of recent European and US champions and current world and Olympic champions, together with many of the British athletes who are going to the Olympics.
You can find a full four-page preview to the event, which incorporates the London Diamond League and the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final, in the July 21 edition of AW magazine, and below we highlight some of the action.
FRIDAY JULY 22
Men’s pole vault
World record-holder Renaud Lavillenie of France cleared 6.03m in the former Olympic Stadium last year and this time he vaults against world champion Shawn Barber of Canada, European champion Robert Sobera of Poland and USA’s Sam Kendricks.
Women’s 100m hurdles
Split into heats before a final, the women’s 100m hurdles sees London 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, UK sprint hurdles record-holder Tiffany Porter and her younger sister Cindy Ofili carry the home hopes. The Americans, such as Keni Harrison, Brianna Rollins, Jasmin Stowers, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin, will be hard to beat, though. European champion Cindy Roleder of Germany adds to the quality.
Usain Bolt tests his fitness after recent injury over half a lap against fellow countryman Nickel Ashmeade, Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre and Alonso Edward of Panama, plus Britons Danny Talbot and Adam Gemili, who is entered for both of the sprint events.
SATURDAY JULY 23
Women’s long jump
Jessica Ennis-Hill tackles her second event of the weekend along with UK record-holder Shara Proctor and Katarina Johnson-Thompson in a contest dominated by British talent.
Jamaica’s double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continues her comeback from injury as she takes on a field that includes British sprinters Asha Philip, Daryll Neita, Desiree Henry and national record-holder Dina Asher-Smith. Dafne Schippers is also in action in London but races the 200m against Britain’s Jodie Williams.
Organisers will hope Mo Farah brings the house down in the final event of the two-day meeting. The Olympic and world champion takes on a field including Kenyans Edwin Soi and Isiah Koech, US champ Bernard Lagat and Rio-bound Andy Butchart, Tom Farrell, Ross Millington and Rob Mullett.
IPC ATHLETICS GRAND PRIX FINAL
The world’s best Paralympic athletes compete on Saturday just before the second day of Diamond League action begins.
They include Britain’s champions of London 2012 – Jonnie Peacock (T44 100m), David Weir (T54 1500m), Richard Whitehead (T42 200m) and Hannah Cockroft (T34 100m).
Georgina Hermitage and Bethany Woodward are in the T37 400m, while much international attention will be on German long jump talent Markus Rehm.
» An in-depth four-page Müller Anniversary Games preview can be found in the July 21 edition of AW magazine, which is available to view digitally here
» Click here for an event timetable and entry lists