Usain Bolt and 28 other medalists will compete in the London 2012 Anniversary Games held July 26 to 28. The event will double as the 2013 London Grand Prix, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, followed by a day of Paralympic events on Sunday, July 28.
The London Anniversary Games take place one year after the opening ceremony of London 2012, two weeks before the start of the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Aug. 10.
Jamaican Bolt won three gold medals at London 2012, in the 100-meter, 200-meter and as part of the 4×100-meter relay team. He’ll make use of the events he’ll compete in as a warm-up for Moscow.
Britain’s Jessica Ennis and fellow gold medal winners Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford will likewise take part in the event at the Olympic Stadium.
Also to attend are world-class attractions, namely:
• Sally Pearson, Australia (women’s 100-meter hurdles) — London 2012 gold, 2011 world champion, 2010 Commonwealth Games gold, Beijing 2008 silver
• Aries Merritt, United States (men’s 110-meter hurdles) — London 2012 gold
• Kirani James, Grenada (men’s 400-meter) — London 2012 gold, 2011 world champion
• Sanya Richards-Ross, United States (women’s 400-meter) — London 2012 gold, Beijing 2008 bronze, 2009 world champion
• Bolt will run the 100-meter on Friday, in a field that includes 2003 world champion Kim Collins, 37, and in the 4×100-meter relay on Saturday.
• London 2012 champion Pearson will face heptathlon gold medalist Ennis in the 100-meter hurdles event.
• In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, world record holder Merritt will face Olympic silver and bronze medalists Jason Richardson and Hansle Parchment.
• The men’s 400-meter will have Grenada’s Olympic gold medalist Kirani James taking part, while London 2012 bronze medalist Javier Culson will take on Britain’s reigning world champion Dai Greene in the 400-meter hurdles.
• Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu, who won silver in the women’s 400-meter at London 2012, will face Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross.
• Olympic long jump champion Rutherford will take on his Australian rival and London silver medalist Mitchell Watt once again in London.
• In the women’s long jump, Britons Ennis, Shara Proctor and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will all compete.
• Farah, who won 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter gold in London, will compete in the 3,000-meter while Olympic bronze medalist Robbie Grabarz features in the high jump.
The BBC will cover the event.
Source: BBC Sports Athletics
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