Memories of 2012 will come flooding back later this month when the Olympic Stadium re-opens to welcome some of athletics’ biggest stars.
Leading the line-up will be the biggest name of them all – Usain Bolt – who will return to the track where he won three gold medals, including the 100m and 200m on the third anniversary of the event that changed the face of east London.
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Joining Bolt at the three-day Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will be Team GB’s Super Saturday stars Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill, world record holder and London Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha and more than a dozen world or Olympic champions.
Bolt last competed individually in the UK at the Anniversary Games in 2013 where he won the 100m in 9.85 seconds.
The 100m and 200m world record holder, winner of six Olympic and eight world titles is looking forward to returning to the scene of his spectacular Olympic triumphs.
Bolt said: “London is a special place where I love to compete and I am looking forward to the Anniversary Games.
“I have great memories of competing in the Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2012. The British fans are always great and I expect there will also be a lot of Jamaican fans in the stadium. It will be amazing to put on another great show for them under the floodlights on the Friday night.”
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The chance to see a living legend like Bolt is very rare and we are delighted to be able to welcome him to the reopening of the stadium where he so thrilled us all at the 2012 Games.
“It is a beginning of a new chapter for the Stadium and there will be many more amazing nights to come – it is wonderful that we are starting in such style”.
British Athletics Chief Executive Niels de Vos said: “The combination of the Olympic Stadium, the Park, the very best athletes in the world and the memories of that fantastic summer of 2012 make this an inspirational event.”
The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games includes a two-day Diamond League meeting on July 24 and July 25, with the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final taking place on Sunday July 26. The 5x5k Diamond Relay road race will be held on the evening of Monday July 27.
The event will be the final time the original London 2012 track is used, before a new surface is laid for the London 2017 World Championships.