London set to stage Anniversary Games


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London is one of the world’s great sporting cities and there are plenty of top events to look forward to this coming summer.

Of course, one of the highlights is bound to be the Wimbledon tennis championships, with Britain’s Andy Murray seeking to retain the title he won last year in dramatic fashion.

There will also be top-class cricket action, with Sri Lanka and India both set to tour the UK. And there are few, if any, better venues to watch the world’s best players than Lord’s and the Oval.

But another, perhaps less heralded, event set to be staged in London this summer is the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, which will take the form of a “street athletics” event.

Indeed, organisers have confirmed that the eagerly-awaited event will be held at Horse Guards Parade Ground and the Mall in the centre of London on July 20th.

The event will attract a crowd of 20,000 people and will showcase a number of sports, including pole vault, long jump and the shot put, as well as track races.

Among the many big names set to participate is Greg Rutherford, who won gold at London 2012 and recently beat the British long jump record.

Looking forward to the Anniversary Games, he said: “It’s a great place to be and I think it’s going to be incredibly special to hold the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games here.

“It’s one of the most iconic parts of London and you just have to look at the backdrop of Horse Guards to see the London Eye and just around the corner we’ve the Queen sipping on her tea.

“By the time I come to compete I will be in the best shape of the year and I’ll be looking to jump far here.”

The event is being staged at Horse Guards Parade, which is within reachable distance from the montcalm Hotels.