Stars rejoice as athletics returns to Olympic Stadium

By Rob Virtue on January 24, 2013 12:23 PM |

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This year's London Grand Prix athletics meet will be moved from Crystal Palace to the Olympic Stadium to mark the first anniversary of the opening ceremony.

The London Legacy Development Corporation made the announcement on Thursday morning to the delight of Team GB medalists.

Olympics 5,000 and 10,000 metre champion Mo Farah and Heptathlete gold winner Jessica Ennis both celebrated the move which will see athletics return to Stratford on July 27.

"The atmosphere was electric during the Games, I'll never forget it, so it's great that the British fans, and athletes, will get to experience that again so soon after the Games," said Farah. "It'll be perfect preparation for the World Championships in August."

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Ennis added: "It will give athletes and fans who did not get to experience the amazing venue the chance to go there, and for those of us who had the most incredible experiences on the track and field, an opportunity to re-live a few memories.

"Hopefully I will be there and using the competition as part of my preparation for the World Championships."

The event will see the reopening of much of the Olympic Park for the first time since last summer's Paralympics ended.

The announcement of the athletics meet follows the signing of a deal with Live Nation, which will see music festivals take place at the stadium this summer.

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