2018 Anniversary Games: History, info and GB’s big stars

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Athletics takes centre stage once again this weekend, with the return of the Anniversary Games.

London Stadium is host to this track-and-field festival, as it has been each July since 2015.

Ahead of this year’s edition, we’ve got all the info on when it’s on, what it’s all about and who could deliver glory for Team GB…

Timing and events

The tournament takes place from 12:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday 21st July-Sunday 22nd July. It’s all under one roof at London Stadium.

There’ll be a host of events, from sprint races to the long jump, hammer throw and more. Speaking of the long jump, this is the competition which saw USA’s Tianna Bartoletta jump an incredible 7.01m last year.

And that’s far from the only immense feat the games has produced

History

In one form or another, the Anniversary Games have been going annually since way back in 1953.

And an increasingly strong pool of competitors has seen it go from strength to strength – with a bunch of world records broken here in recent times.

Legendary pole vaulter Yelena Isinbaeva break her own world record three separate times at the games. And the 2016 edition saw USA’s Kendra Harrison smash the WR for the 100m hurdles here.

Britain’s hopefuls

Team GB have high hopes this summer, with plenty of Olympic and Commonwealth Games champions involved.

Robbie Grabarz won Olympic Bronze here in 2012, and the high jumper will be back where it all happened at London Stadium.

Teenage Heptathlete Niamh Emerson medalled in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast back in April. Meanwhile, highly-rated hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon is also in action this weekend.

There’s also the small matter of seeing Mo Farah, and two-time Olympic Champion Greg Rutherford in action.

It promises to be a cracking weekend of athletics action.

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.