Which London 2012 stars are competing in the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games?

Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and David Weir all return to the sight of their London 2012 Olympic triumph

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It’s been three years since the Olympic Games came to London, and this weekend the Olympic Park plays host to the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, a three-day event celebrating the very best from London 2012.

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A host of familiar faces will be hoping to replicate their golden performances from three years ago. Who are the big names to watch out for when competition begins this Friday on BBC3 – and when are they racing?


Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt is likely to be the main attraction, spectators eager to see the six-time Olympic champion competing in the 100m on Friday evening, beginning at 8.17pm.

A pelvic injury has been bothering him this year, and he has raced just once this season over 100m, clocking in a sluggish (for him at any rate) 10.2 seconds.

In the 100m event he’ll be taking on upcoming British stars Chijindu Ujah and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, both ones to watch out for ahead of Rio 2016.

Bolt is also set to compete in the 200m, which starts at 8.53pm on Friday night.


Mo Farah

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British Super Saturday champions will also be taking part. Mo Farah will be looking to retain his 5000m and 10000m titles; he’ll also be competing in the 3000m, hoping to break the record of 7 minutes 33.1 seconds set at the Birmingham Grand Prix in February. The race starts on Friday night at 9.43pm.

Farah’s double Olympic win back in 2012 caused elation throughout the nation with even the BBC commentators and presenters getting involved. 

Farah’s appearance at the Anniversary Games is his first in the UK since doping allegations against his coach Alberto Salazar were made in June. Salazar strongly denies the allegations, and Farah, who has not bee accused of any wrongdoing, says he will continue to work with Salazar.


Jessica Ennis-Hill

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Also taking part this weekend are fellow Super Saturday winners heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford.

Ennis-Hill will be taking on her bright young Team GB heptathlon rival Katarina Johnson-Thompson when the pair race in the 100m hurdles on Friday at 8.41pm. Also competing in the event will be 2008 hurdling gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson.

Ennis-Hill will also be participating in the long jump and 200m on Saturday, starting at 1.45pm and 3.58pm respectively. Johnson-Thompson races in the 200m.

Long jumper Rutherford meanwhile will be leaping into competition at 3.35pm on Saturday.


David Weir

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Sunday at the Olympic Park sees the return of the Paralympians, including quadruple gold medallist David ‘Weirwolf’ Weir and wheelchair racing champion Hannah Cockroft.

Cockroft races in the T34 400m at 3.57pm on Sunday, with Weir facing off against long-time rival Marcel Hug from Switzerland in the T54 1500m at 4.22pm.


Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on TV

Friday 24th July 7pm BBC3, 8pm BBC2

Saturday 25th July 2.20pm BBC2

Sunday 26th July 2pm Channel 4

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