Sainsbury's Anniversary Games 2013: Previewing Annual Track and Field Meeting

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 25:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica poses for a photograph during a photocall for the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - IAAF Diamond League 2013 at the Shard on July 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
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As the IAAF Diamond League continues its 2013 series of events, the next competition will be the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England.

With only four stages remaining, the competition will undoubtedly be heating up in England, and the top stars in track and field will be looking to shine on the brightest segment of this year’s competition.

Whether you love track and field or you are just a casual fan, the excitement surrounding the 2013 edition of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games should have every sports enthusiast exciting about the Olympic-style competition.


Where: The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, England

When: July 26th, 27th and 28th

Watch: BBC in England (Not televised in United States)

Live Stream: BBC One LIVE (paid service)

All stats and information via Diamond League London.


Biggest Stars to Watch

Men’s Star to Watch: Usain Bolt

The biggest star in track and field today is Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt. With the six-time Olympian taking part in the 100 meters on Friday evening and in the 4 x 100 meters relay on Saturday, the chance to see Bolt shine will be something fans won’t want to miss.

This event will mark the first time Bolt has returned to the London IAAF Diamond League meeting since 2009, and the first time the star has returned to the arena where he dominated in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

With plenty of focus from the hardcore to casual fans in attendance and watching at home, there is little doubt that Bolt will be the biggest name to watch during this year’s Sainsbury's Anniversary Games.


Women’s Star to Watch: Sally Pearson

While Bolt will steal all the headlines this week, the focus for many will be on Australian star Sally Pearson as she defends her reigning hurdles championship. She won the gold in 100 meters hurdles during the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Pearson may be the best in the world in the hurdles, but she will face the toughest field of the entire competition, including former world champions and Olympians Danielle Carruthers, Kellie Wells and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

American fans will have a focus on Olympic star Carmelita Jeter throughout her events, but the rest of the world will be examining Pearson’s run and if she is losing a step as her elite competition only gets better each year.


Full Schedule for Sainsbury's Anniversary Games

Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th

DateTime (GMT)Time (ET)Discipline(Male/Female)
Friday18:5513:55Pole VaultF
Friday19:5214:52100m BM
Friday20:0415:04400m HurdlesF
Friday20:0915:09High JumpM
Friday20:3115:31Triple JumpF
Friday21:0816:084 x 100m RelayF
Friday21:4816:48100m AM
Saturday14:009:00Long JumpM
Saturday14:119:11100m HurdlesF
Saturday14:179:17Pole VaultM
Saturday14:229:22110m HurdlesM
Saturday14:339:33110m HurdlesM
Saturday14:409:40Shot PutF
Saturday15:0510:05400m HurdlesM
Saturday15:1610:16Emsley Carr MileM
Saturday15:3710:373000m SteeplechaseM
Saturday15:5010:50Long JumpF
Saturday16:0711:07110m HurdlesM
Saturday16:5011:504 x 100m RelayM

 All times military. Tables and information via


Sunday, July 28th (Finals)

Time (GMT)Time (ET)Event NoDisciplineGenderStage
14:459:451 F42/44 DISCUS MA
14:589:582 T54 200M M1
15:0410:043 F42-44 LONG JUMP WA
15:1610:164 T33/34 100M W1
15:2810:285 T36 100M M1
15:4110:416 T46 100M M1
15:4510:457 F31/32/51 Club WA
15:5310:538 T36/37 800M M1
16:0111:019 T37 100M W1
16:0711:0710 F57/58 Javelin MA
16:1211:1211 T11 200M W1
16:1811:1812 F42 SHOT PUT MA
16:2311:2313 T42 200M M1
16:3311:3314 T35 100M W1
16:4211:4215 T53 100M M1
16:5311:5316 T12 100M W1
17:0112:0117 T43/44 100M M1
17:1412:1418 T54 MILE M1

All times military. Tables and information via



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