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adam gemili can't wait for sainsbury's anniversary games

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Adam Gemili

European 200m champion Adam Gemili can’t wait to get back to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where he will line up for a pre-World Championship showdown with some of his biggest medal rivals at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on 24-26th July.

It was confirmed this week that Gemili will take on the world’s best sprinters at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, while it was also announced that world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu will also line up at three-day athletics spectacular which will also include star names such as British Olympic champions Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford.

The event includes a two-day Diamond League meeting on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th July, with the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final taking place on Sunday 26th July.

The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games takes place just four weeks before the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing and Gemili believes the meeting will provide an important yardstick for Britain’s top athletes as they prepare to battle for medals in China.

He said: “I can’t wait to compete against the world’s best sprinters in the former Olympic Stadium at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, which will give me a clear insight into where I am ahead of the world championships. It’s an inspirational venue and I’m sure this race will have a major championship feel.

“As a Londoner it really means a lot to me to be able to compete at such a prestigious event in my home city, alongside so many Olympic and world champions. I raced at the inaugural event in 2013, so I know the atmosphere will be amazing because the support of the British crowd is always fantastic.

“The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will be one of the best events in Britain this year, and I hope sports fans of all ages will come along to experience the magic of big-time athletics and relive some of the memories of London 2012.”

Gemili who was also one of the gold medal winning 4x100m relay team at the European Championships last year, is one of the new exiting generation of British sprinters aiming to give the Jamaicans and the Americans a run for their money in Beijing and beyond.

British Athletics’ Major Event Director Cherry Alexandersaid: “The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games will once again see the cream of global athletics gather in London at the former Olympic Stadium, for one of the biggest meetings in the world.

“It will be a perfect platform for the new generation of British athletes, such as Adam and our talented group of home-grown sprinters, to join our established stars and show what they can do before they head off to the world championships in Beijing.”

For tickets to the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games visit http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/british-athletics-series/sainsburys-anniversary-games/