The Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix, a 2014 IAAF Diamond League meeting, has signed up two of the biggest British names in the sport with double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah and two-time world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu confirming they will be competing at Hampden Park on 11-12 July.
Farah will make his first track appearance since winning double gold over 5000m and 10,000m at last summer’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow and he is excited about getting back out in front of a home crowd.
“Glasgow will be one of my first track appearances in front of a home crowd in 2014, and having produced my best in front of the British public in London, I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and taking in the home support,” said Farah, who has yet to choose which distance he will contest in Glasgow.
“Nothing in the world can compare to a British crowd and I will be doing everything I can to get the Hampden crowd going.”
Ohuruogu, who broke the British record and ran 49.41 to win her second IAAF World Championships 400m title last summer, her first coming in 2007, will be making her first appearance in Glasgow since 2007.
“It is a real privilege to be competing at the first ever athletics event at Hampden. I competed at the International Match in 2006 (indoors at the Kelvin Hall) and I know how amazing the crowd were then. To have potentially 30,000 there in July, it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere for both athletes and spectators,” commented Ohuruogu.
British Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos said: “Mo and Christine are two of the greatest ever British athletes and we are delighted that they will be taking part in the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix this summer.
“They will be joined by all of the top box office attractions from the world of athletics. Athletes love competing in the UK knowing that they will get incredible support and a fantastic atmosphere in Glasgow,” he added.
Organisers for the IAAF
2014 IAAF Diamond League calendar
Doha, QAT – 9 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
Eugene, USA – 31 May
Rome, ITA – 5 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 11 Jun
New York, USA – 14 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 3 Jul
Paris, FRA – 5 Jul
Glasgow, GBR – 11-12 Jul
Monaco, MON – 18 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 21 Aug
Birmingham, GBR – 24 Aug
Zurich, SUI – 28 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 5 Sep