ICONIC: Ennis does a lap of honour in the stadium
INSTEAD OF being hosted at its usual home at Crystal Palace, the London Grand Prix, part of the athletics Diamond League, is to move to the Olympic Stadium. It will be the first sporting event to occur there since the Olympics ended last August.
The athletics grand prix, starting July 27, could mark the return of the world’s fastest man over 100m and 200m, with Usain Bolt scheduled to compete. The Jamaican won triple gold last summer during the Games, including the 4 x 100m relay.
British long distance running hero, Mo Farah, who missed out on a knighthood and the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award, said: “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”, the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic gold medallist added.
SUCCESS: Farah, left, and Ennis on a London rooftop
Golden girl Jess Ennis, who not only won gold in the heptathlon, but seemed to also win the nation’s heart, hoped the grand prix would enable people who missed out on Olympic tickets to enjoy athletics.
“It is brilliant to hear that the British Athletics London GP is going to be held at the Olympic Stadium a year after the Games”, Ennis said.
“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 relive a few memories.
“Hopefully I will be there and using the competition as part of my preparation for the World Championships,” the 26-year-old added.
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