Britain’s biggest athletics stars will receive an emotional send-off to the IAAF London World Championships at the Müller Anniversary Games on Sunday (9 July). The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium will be a sea of red, white and blue as a partisan crowd is expected to evoke memories of London 2012 ahead of this summer’s global event from 4-13 August.
The Müller Anniversary Games is also the ninth event in the 2017 IAAF Diamond League and will be the last chance for many of the world’s best to compete before returning to London for the world championships next month.
Such is the pulling power of London's Olympic and world championships venue, a remarkable 35 Rio Olympic medallists are expected to compete, with 12 current Olympic champions and 10 reigning world champions in action.
Sir Mo Farah will bring five hours of pulsating action to a close in the non-Diamond League 3000m and for those who are unable to witness events in the stadium there is live coverage on the BBC. The Müller Anniversary Games are a key element in the 34-year-old Farah's final track season: “I love competing at the London Stadium and look forward to what will be my final Müller Anniversary Games on July 9,” said Mo. “A lot of the world’s best athletes come to London for the Anniversary Games and I expect this year’s line-up to be as strong as usual, it will be like a mini-world championships in one day.”
The men's 100m looks hot with European champion James Dasaolu and fellow sub-10-second man Chijindu Ujah taking on some of the world's best sprinters.
In a nod to the history of the sport in Britain there is a women's Diamond League mile race and the possibility of a record in the rarely seen men's mile walk. The British record is 5:58.9 by Andy Penn in 1997 and the world best has been held by Russia's Algis Grigaliûnas (5:36.9) since 1990. Watch out for Britain's Tom Bosworth in this event as he broke the UK record for 5000m to win the national title in Birmingham last weekend (18:43.28).
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