London Grand Prix
|London Grand Prix
Sainsbury's Anniversary Games
The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, host of the event from 2013.
|Date||July - August|
|Location||London, England (Glasgow, Scotland in 2014.)|
|Event type||Track and field|
|Official site||London Grand Prix|
The London Athletics Grand Prix is an annual athletics event held in London, England. The 2014 edition was held in Glasgow, Scotland, as preparation for the Commonwealth Games held there later that month. The 2013 edition was known as the "Anniversary Games", as it took place in the Olympic Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, exactly one year after the Olympic Games were held in the same venue. Previous editions were always held at the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace, however, it is not planned to return to the venue as it is seen by the organisers as a step down from the last venues.
The Emsley Carr Mile remains a fixture at the annual meeting, with a history spanning back to 1953 at the White City Stadium. Emsley Carr, an athletics fan and the editor of The News of the World, created an annual mile race in the hope that the first four-minute mile would be achieved on British soil. Gordon Pirie won the first race, but Roger Bannister had run sub-4 minutes in Oxford by time that the second race was competed. However, the tradition continued, with the winner signing his name in a red leather-bound book identical to the Bible used in Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. Derek Ibbotson achieved the first sub-4 minute run at the race in 1956, and many of the best middle-distance runners have won at the Emsley Carr Mile since, including Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Hicham El Guerrouj.
On 24 January 2013, it was announced that London Grand Prix will be moved to the Olympic Stadium for 2013. The London Legacy Development Corporation had expressed interest in holding an athletics event at the stadium to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics. After the 2013 event a return to Crystal Palace was ruled out as according to Ed Warner it would be a backward step. Hampden Park which was due to host the athletics events at the Commonwealth Games and a temporary venue in Horse Guards Parade and the Mall were mooted for the 2014 edition, before a return to the Olympic Stadium in 2015 due to a gap in the reconstruction schedule. A four year sponsorship deal with Sainsburys was announced in January 2014. In February 2014 it was confirmed that the Grand Prix event would move to Hampden Park and be known as the Glasgow Grand Prix. A separate non-Diamond League event, in the street athletics format, would also take place in London, and be treated as the 2014 Sainsbury's Anniversary Games.
On the first day of 2009 event, blustery winds halted a number of athlete's record ambitions. Usain Bolt saw off Asafa Powell in the 100 metres main event, but pole vault favourite Yelena Isinbayeva lost for the first time in 18 competitions, beaten by Anna Rogowska. Kate Dennison set an eighth British record in the pole vault. Two stadium records were set on the second day, by Tirunesh Dibaba in the 5000 metres, and Lashinda Demus in the 400 metres hurdles (which was the fastest ever on UK soil). The event ended as Usain Bolt anchored the Racers Track Club team to the fourth fastest 4×100 metres relay ever.
|1953–1979||Rotary Watches International Games||Rotary Watches Ltd|
|1980–1988||Peugeot Talbot Games||Peugeot / Talbot|
|1989–1991||Royal Mail Parcels Games||Royal Mail|
|1992||London Grand Prix||none|
|1993||IAAF Grand Prix Final|
|1994||TSB Games London Grand Prix||Trustee Savings Bank|
|1995–1996||KP Games London Grand Prix||KP Nuts|
|1997–1998||London Grand Prix||none|
|1999–2001||CGU British Grand Prix||CGU plc|
|2002–2007||Norwich Union London Grand Prix|
|2008–2012||Aviva London Grand Prix|
|2013||Sainsbury's Anniversary Games||Sainsbury's|
|2014||Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix|
|2015–future||Sainsbury's London Grand Prix|
|1953–2012||National Sports Centre||Crystal Palace, Greater London||England|
|2013||Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park||Stratford, London||England|
|2014||Hampden Park||Mount Florida, Glasgow||Scotland|
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