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The Diamond League

The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 24th of July. Two days of Diamond League action take place at the home of athletics from the 2012 Olympic Games.

Some of the stars of world athletics will descend on the capital as they battle for Diamond Race points and prepare for the IAAF World Championships which take place in Beijing the following month.

Usain Bolt will be the star attraction on the Friday night of the three-day event and he will be joined by British Olympic champions Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill amongst a host of other global superstars.

41 world and 22 Olympic champions will re-open the Olympic Stadium with a fantastic weekend of athletics. To buy tickets to the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games visit: britishathletics.org.uk.

The Diamond League is an annual series of track and field meetings held from 2010 onwards. Each one of the 32 disciplines is staged a total of seven times during the season. The top three athletes at each meeting are awarded the following points.

  • 1st place: 4 points (Final: 8 points)
  • 2nd place: 2 points (Final: 4 points)
  • 3rd place: 1 points (Final: 2 points)

The athlete with the highest number of points in each discipline at the end of the season wins the Diamond Race.

If you love watching the athletics like me, it’s live on BBC Two this coming Friday from 7pm. If you’re wanting to visit, I can highly recommend staying at the HI Bloomsbury. It has a great location and is the ideal base from which to work and play in the capital. You can buy tickets for the Diamond League from this link: http://london.diamondleague.com/tickets/.

I’m really excited to watch this Friday. My favourite event has always been the 100m sprint and I grew up watching Linford Christie. Usain Bolt is expected to run this weekend despite his recent injury and American Justin Gatlin is unbeaten in his last 23 races. Tyson Gay recently finished second in Monaco so it’s going to be a great race.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I will.

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Post in collaboration with IHG.

About Paul Stainthorpe

Running has been part of my life since 2011. While growing up I hated running and would do anything to avoid it at school. Give me a ball and a racket any day. It’s funny how some things change. I run for good. In 2012 I ran the 12 Days of Christmas for the Percy Hedley Foundation. In 2013 I attempted (with friend Lee Nyland), the 12 parkruns of Christmas for the Tiny Lives Trust.

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