News10 Jul 2015

Bolt to light up London – IAAF Diamond League


Usain Bolt at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London (© Getty Images)

The world's biggest athletics superstar, Usain Bolt, will lead a stellar global cast at the re-opening of the London Olympic Stadium for the IAAF Diamond League meeting on Friday 24 July.

Fans are expected to flock to the stadium to relive memories of the 2012 Olympics at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games, where the line-up features Bolt, world 800m record-holder David Rudisha, world indoor high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim, British superstars Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford and many more reigning global champions.

Bolt – considered to be one of the greatest sportsmen of all time – last competed individually in the UK at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in 2013 where he won the 100m in 9.85.

The 100m and 200m world record-holder, winner of six Olympic and eight world titles, is looking forward to returning to the scene of his spectacular Olympic triumphs.

“London is a special place where I love to compete and I am looking forward to the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on July 24," said Bolt, who will contest the 100m in London.

“I have great memories of competing in the Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2012 and in the previous Grand Prix meets in London.

“The British fans are always great and I expect there will also be a lot of Jamaican fans in the stadium. It will be amazing to put on another great show for them under the floodlights on the Friday night.”

The IAAF Diamond League action at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is spread across 24-25 July.

The event takes place just four weeks before the IAAF World Championships in Beijing and will be the final time the original London 2012 track is used before a new surface is laid for the IAAF World Championships, London 2017.

Organisers for the IAAF

2015 IAAF Diamond League calendar
Doha, QAT – 15 May
Shanghai, CHN – 17 May
Eugene, USA – 30 May
Rome, ITA – 4 June
Birmingham, GBR – 7 June
Oslo, NOR – 11 June
New York, USA – 13 June
Paris, FRA – 4 July
Lausanne, SUI – 9 July
Monaco, MON – 17 July
London, GBR – 24-25 July
Stockholm, SWE – 30 July
Zurich, SUI – 3 September
Brussels, BEL – 11 September