24 JAN 2013 General News London, Great Britain

London’s Diamond League moves to Olympic stadium

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Today the London Legacy Development Corporation and British Athletics announced the 2013 British Athletics London Grand Prix, part of the Samsung Diamond League, will come to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the anniversary weekend of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.

The venue has proved popular with fans and athletes alike and is sure to welcome a capacity crowd to cheer on some of this summer’s big names.

“It’s fantastic that the British Athletics London Grand Prix is going to be held at the Olympic Stadium in July,” said Mo Farah, the Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion. “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. It'll be perfect preparation for the World Championships in August."

Jessica Ennis, the Olympic Heptathlon champion, was equally as pleased. “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. 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 re-live a few memories! Hopefully I will be there and using the competition as part of my preparation for the World Championships.”

Organisers for the IAAF