Two years on from London 2012, some of the world’s best para and able-bodied athletes return to the heart of the British capital to compete in the 2014 Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, live on Channel 4.
As the nation gears up for yet another festival of multi-sport action with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the London Anniversary Games offers the chance to see some of the biggest names in athletics in action ahead of Scotland’s showpiece which starts just three days after.
This year’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will be held across two venues – a temporary stadium at London’s iconic royal Horse Guards Parade and and on The Mall – which will host a variety of track and field events, showcasing sprints and hurdles, high jump, pole vault and long jump.
Last year’s three-day event coincided with the one-year anniversary of the start of the London 2012 Olympics and featured a two-day Diamond League meeting followed by a day solely dedicated to Paralympic events.
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt stole the show on the first of the three days with 100m victory, before double Olympic champion Mo Farah prepared for his assault on double World Championship gold with a dominant win over 3,000m.
Christine Ohuruogu also won a thrilling 400m in front of 60,000 fans on the Saturday, while the Paralympians gave all gave the crowd something to cheer with victories on home soil on the Sunday, with victorys for David Weir and Hannah Cockroft.
Uniquely, this year’s relocated event will feature a mixed programme of para and able-bodied events and has managed to attract some of the best Olympic and Paralympic athletes anywhere in the world.
These include Team GB’s Greg Rutherford and Jonnie Peacock who won gold on ‘Super Saturday’ and ‘Thriller Thursday’ respectively at London 2012, pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie, Olympic hurdles champion and world record holder Aries Merritt and 2008 Olympic champion Blanka Vlasic.
Other Paralympic and Olympic stars in action include Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockcroft, Yohan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who will all compete on a specially constructed 100m track on Horse Guards Parade.
With a two-mile purpose built track will be on the Mall, where people can watch for free and with the likes of six-time Paralympic champion David Weir and double Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockcroft in action, this is guaranteed to be a thrilling event to mark the second anniversary of London 2012.
After the success of the cycling road races in 2012 and events like the Tour de France, this is another chance for the people of London to see top class sport for free on the famous Mall strip, while the creation of the bespoke athletics stadium in Horse Guards Parade Ground is a world first and will allow those with tickets to see athletics in a uniquely intimate setting.
Four months after the thrills and chills of Channel 4’s Winter Paralympics coverage from in Sochi, Britain’s Paralympic broadcaster prepares to begin another sizzling summer of para-sport to viewers with four major events in the space of two months.
Channel 4 will bring viewers all the action from the afternoon track, field, and road races featuring some of the world’s best athletes in the 2014 Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.
Coverage of this special event will be presented throughout the afternoon by Jonathan Edwards and Ade Adepitan, with Daráine Mulvihill reporting from trackside.
Iwan Thomas will be sampling the atmosphere of the large crowds gathered on Horse Guards and The Mall, while John Rawling and Katharine Merry lead the commentary team.
The afternoon session will be screened live on Channel 4 in a bumper two-and-a-half-hour programme from 1.30pm, while the evening schedule of events from 6.00pm will be streamed exclusively live online via Channel 4’s Paralympics website – channel4.com/paralympics.
Channel 4’s TV coverage in the afternoon will also be available in high definition on Channel 4 HD, as well as on the C4Paralympics website.
The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games forms part of a bumper line-up of summer para-sport action on Channel 4, which also features the IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea.
For further information on the 2014 Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, visit the British Athletics website.
.Sunday 20th July Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games 2014 Afternoon Session LIVE: 1.30pm-4.05pm Channel 4 Evening Session LIVE: 6.00pm-8.00pm C4 Paralympics Website CLICK HERE for event timetable