Less than two weeks before the Commonwealth Games head to the city, some of the world’s top athletes strut their stuff in Glasgow for the first ever Diamond League meeting in Scotland and you can watch all the action live on BBC Sport.
Traditionally the London Grand Prix, the prestigious event has been relocated to Hampden Park, the home of Scottish football, for one year only, giving fans the chance to watch some of the best athletes in the world in action before many of them reassemble again just two weeks later for the start of Glasgow 2014.
The world’s only two-day IAAF Diamond League meeting always attracts world class fields and will undoubtedly provide a superb weekend of athletics for thousands of Scottish fans as they sample the atmosphere of one the world’s best athletics meetings ahead of their own Glasgow showpiece later this month.
Stars from around the globe such as Jamaican sprint ace Yohan Blake, along with Olympic champions David Rudisha, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Carmelita Jeter and Ashton Eaton are just a few of the big that will compete in Glasgow, with this quartet joining 21 world champions and 24 Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists who will all be in action.
Rudisha will be making his first appearance in the UK since breaking the 800m world record on his way to Olympic gold at London 2012, and he marked his return to form with a triumph at the New York Diamond League earlier in the season.
Alongside these athletics superstars, the likes of Christine Ohuruogu, Greg Rutherford, Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty, Jessica Judd and Kim Collins will all be in action, as well as Olympic 110m hurdles champion and world record holder Aries Merritt going head-to-head with World Championships finalist William Sharman.
To add to the Scottish theme, also confirmed Eilidh Child, Eilish McColgan, Laura Muir, Libby Clegg, Stef Reid and Chris O’Hare will all be competing at the first ever Scottish Diamond League meeting.
Two-time Olympic champion Mo Farah was due to headline the British names in action by racing in the 5,000m on Saturday, however he pulled out in the week building up to the event. Farah is still expected to compete for England in the Commonwealth Games.
Integrated into the IAAF Diamond League meet will be a series of para-events, which will star the likes of London 2012 gold medallists David Weir, Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft, as well as Paralympic silver medallists Libby Clegg , Stef Reid and the USA’s Richard Browne.
Considered one of the best IAAF Diamond League meets in the world, the 2013 Grand Prix was held at London’s Olympic Stadium and saw a host of British and international champions in action at the venue of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With the XX Commonwealth Games taking place in the Scottish city just a matter of weeks later, the Glasgow Grand Prix will give spectators and athletes the chance to experience competing in the stadium that will host athletics during the Games between July 23 and August 3, and give thousands of fans the chance to see one of the greatest fields of athletes ever assembled in the UK.
BBC Sport has live coverage of Glasgow’s star-studded Diamond League meeting from Hampden Park on July 11-12 on BBC One and BBC Two.
Gabby Logan presents both day’s coverage, starting on Friday night at 6.30pm on BBC Two, with events including the men’s 100m featuring Yohan Blake, women’s 400m with Christine Ohuruogu, men’s 400m hurdles that stars decathlon superstar Ashton Easton and two-time Olympic champion Felix Sanchez, and Paralympic legend David Weir in action in the T54 1500m.
Saturday’s action will be screened live on BBC One from 2.00pm, featuring Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft and Jonnie Peacock in action in their respective 100m races, Greg Rutherford in the long jump competition and Olympic rivals Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Allyson Felix in the women’s 200m.
Expert analysis and comment on events from Hampden Park comes from former Commonwealth gold medalists and BBC regulars Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis, Paula Radcliffe.
Commentary on the track events will be provided by Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter and Brendan Foster, while Ron McIntosh and Jonathan Edwards keep an eye on the field events, plus Phil Jones reports from trackside with the latest interviews with key athletes.
.Friday 11th July Diamond League: Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix – Day 1 LIVE: 6.30pm-9.00pm BBC Two Saturday 12th July Diamond League: Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix – Day 2 LIVE: 2.00pm-5.20pm BBC One