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London Grand Prix

The London Athletics Grand Prix is an annual athletics event held in London, England. Previously one of the five IAAF Super Grand Prix events, it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League. Until 2012 all editions were held at the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace. The 2013 edition was known as the Anniversary Games as it took place at the Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, exactly one year after the Olympic Games were held in the same venue and have been followed by an IPC London Grand Prix, making it a three-day event. In 2014 the meet was held in Glasgow, Scotland, as preparation for the Commonwealth Games held there later that month.

London Grand Prix
Müller Anniversary Games
Olympic Stadium (London), 16 April 2012.jpg
London Stadium, host of the event annually since 2015
DateJuly – August
LocationLondon, England (Glasgow, Scotland in 2014)
Event typeTrack and field
IAAF Cat.GW[1]
Established1953
Official siteLondon Anniversary Games

Emsley Carr MileEdit

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 under 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.[2]

Millicent Fawcett MileEdit

The Millicent Fawcett Mile, a women's race, was first held in the 2018 Anniversary Games and won by Sifan Hassan in 4:14.71.[3] It commemorates suffragist Millicent Fawcett.[4] There had been a women's mile event at previous games, without this title, the previous record being held by Hellen Obiri who ran in 2017 in 4:16.56.

HistoryEdit

In 2009 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.[5]

On 24 January 2013 it was announced that London Grand Prix would 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.[6] 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.[7] A four-year sponsorship deal with Sainsburys was announced in January 2014.[8] In February 2014 it was confirmed that the Grand Prix event would move to Hampden Park and be known as the Glasgow Grand Prix. The event returned to London from 2015 and continued to be known as the Anniversary Games .

World recordsEdit

Over the course of its history, a number of world records has been set at the London Grand Prix.

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
2004 Pole vault 4.90 m Yelena Isinbaeva   Russia
2005 Pole vault 4.96 m Yelena Isinbaeva   Russia
2005 Pole vault 5.00 m Yelena Isinbaeva   Russia
2016 100 m hurdles 12.20 (+0.3 m/s) Kendra Harrison   United States
2018 3000 m walk (track) 10:43.84 Tom Bosworth   Great Britain
2018 T34 100m 16.80 Kare Adenegan   United Kingdom
2018 T38 200m 25.93 Sophie Hahn   United Kingdom

Meeting recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 9.78 (-0.4 m/s) Tyson Gay   United States 13 August 2010
200 m 19.76 (-0.4 m/s) Usain Bolt   Jamaica 26 July 2008
400 m 43.98 Michael Johnson   United States 10 July 1992
800 m 1:42.05 Emmanuel Korir   Kenya 22 July 2018 [9]
Mile 3:45.96 Hicham El Guerrouj   Morocco 5 August 2000
3000 m 7:29.70 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 7 August 1999
5000 m 12:55.51 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 30 July 2004
110 m hurdles 12.93 (+0.6 m/s) Aries Merritt   United States 13 July 2012 [10]
400 m hurdles 47.12 Karsten Warholm   Norway 20 July 2019 [11]
3000 m steeplechase 8:06.86 Brimin Kiprop Kipruto   Kenya 27 July 2013 [12]
High jump 2.41 m Javier Sotomayor   Cuba 15 July 1994
Pole vault 6.03 m Renaud Lavillenie   France 25 July 2015 [13]
Long jump 8.58 m (+0.2 m/s) Luvo Manyonga   South Africa 22 July 2018 [14]
Triple jump 17.78 m (+0.6 m/s) Christian Taylor   United States 22 July 2016 [15]
Shot put 22.43 m Reese Hoffa   United States 3 August 2007
Discus throw 68.56 m Daniel Ståhl   Sweden 21 July 2019 [16]
Javelin throw 90.81 m Steve Backley   United Kingdom 22 July 2001
3000 m walk (track) 10:43.84 Tom Bosworth   Great Britain 21 July 2018 [17]
4 × 100 m relay 37.60 Chijindu Ujah
Zharnel Hughes
Richard Kilty
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
  Great Britain 21 July 2019 [18]
37.46 Racers Track Club
Daniel Bailey
Yohan Blake
Mario Forsythe
Usain Bolt
  Antigua and Barbuda /   Jamaica 25 July 2009 [19] [1]

WomenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.77 (+0.7 m/s) Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce   Jamaica 27 July 2013 [20]
200 m 22.10 (-0.3 m/s) Elaine Thompson   Jamaica 25 July 2015 [21]
400 m 49.05 Sanya Richards-Ross   United States 28 July 2006
800 m 1:58.19 Brenda Martinez   United States 26 July 2013 [22]
1500 m 3:57.49 Laura Muir   Great Britain 22 July 2016 [23]
Mile 4:14.71 DLR Sifan Hassan   Netherlands 22 July 2018 [24]
3000 m 8:21.64 Sonia O'Sullivan   Ireland 15 July 1994
5000 m 14:20.36 Hellen Obiri   Kenya 21 July 2019 [25]
100 m hurdles 12.20 (+0.3 m/s) Kendra Harrison   United States 22 July 2016 [26]
400 m hurdles 52.79 Kaliese Spencer   Jamaica 5 August 2011 [27]
3000 m steeplechase 9:10.64 Hiwot Ayalew   Ethiopia 12 July 2014 [28]
High jump 2.05 m Kajsa Bergqvist   Sweden 28 July 2006
Pole vault 5.00 m Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia 22 July 2005
Long jump 7.02 m (-0.5 m/s) Malaika Mihambo   Germany 21 July 2019 [29]
Triple jump 15.27 m (+1.2 m/s) Yamilé Aldama   Sudan 8 August 2003
Shot put 20.90 m Valerie Adams   New Zealand 27 July 2013 [30]
Discus throw 69.94 m Sandra Perković   Croatia 23 July 2016 [31]
Javelin throw 68.26 m Barbora Špotáková   Czech Republic 9 July 2017 [32]
4 × 100 m relay 41.82 Asha Philip
Desiree Henry
Dina Asher-Smith
Daryll Neita
  Great Britain 22 July 2016 [33]

Event namesEdit

The 2018 event will continue to be sponsored by Müller. It was formerly sponsored by Sainsbury's.[34]

Years Name Sponsor
1953–1979 International Games Rotary Watches Ltd[35]
1980–1988 British Games Peugeot / Talbot[35]
1989 British Games Royal Mail[36]
1990–1991 British Games Parcelforce
1992 London Grand Prix none
1993 IAAF Grand Prix Final
1994 London Grand Prix Trustee Savings Bank
1995–1996 London Grand Prix KP Nuts
1997–1998 London Grand Prix none
1999–2001 British Grand Prix CGU plc[37][38][39]
2002–2007 London Grand Prix Norwich Union
2008–2012 London Grand Prix Aviva
2013, 2015 Anniversary Games Sainsbury's
2014 Glasgow Grand Prix
2016– Anniversary Games Müller

Event locationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Programme 2018 and results". Muller Anniversary Games. Diamond League. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
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  30. ^ "Shot put Women: Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. 27 July 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
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  32. ^ "Javelin Throw Results" (PDF). sportresult.com. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
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