Guide To The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games At Olympic Park
We all remember the amazing London 1012 Olympic Games: the highs, the lows and just the adrenaline of seeing top athletes set new records.
Well, thanks to the reopening of the Olympic Park you can relive the glory days of the main stadium athletics at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games this summer. And if you missed out on the Olympic dream this is a chance to capture the amazing atmosphere!
The cream of the crop from the world of athletics will be descending on London to compete with every ounce of their strength for their country. Over the three days there will be loads of track and field events to see so here is a little taste from each of the disciplines to tickle your fancy.
The first day will see mainly shorter distances for men like the 100m and 200m runs and longer distances for women like 800m to 5000m. Plus a few in field events like discus, high jump and triple jump. Races to watch will be the men’s 100m which will probably feature the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt.
The second day includes the women’s shorter distances and men’s longer distance running as well as long jump, pole vault and javelin. Jessica Ennis will be competing in the women’s 100m hurdles and the long jump on this day.
The final day will be dedicated Paralympic sport and will feature some of our favourite paralympians including the fastest woman on wheels Hannah Cockroft who currently holds the world record for 100m and 200m sprints. 100 metre sprinter Jonnie Peacock, currently the fastest amputee runner, will be defending his Paralympic gold. Gold medal winning long distance runner and double amputee Richard Whitehead will also compete. He is then heading out on a 40 marathons in 40 days epic run from Land’s End to John O’ Groats the following month.
All of these inspirational sports-people are aiming to keep the eyes of the world focused on sport as they were last year.
The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games are part of the London Legacy project which is aiming to rejuvenate a run-down area of East London. The project includes the reopening of the Olympic Park as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
It will be much more than just another green space; with many of the Olympic buildings being refurbished and reopened it will be a sporting haven. And it’s not just sports as the park is hosting music, arts and culture festivals this summer.
Strike a pose with your Mobot and Lightning Bolt and have some fun reliving the London 2012 Olympic Games.