Jessica Ennis leads Anniversary Games celebrations

Gold medal winner Jessica Ennis will be back in the Olympic Stadium in July. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Gold medal winner Jessica Ennis will be back in the Olympic Stadium in July. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Jessica Ennis heads the trio of gold medal winners from London 2012’s “super-Saturday” who will compete at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium on 26-28 July.

The IAAF Diamond League event will see Ennis double up in the 100m hurdles and long jump, Mo Farah run in the 3,000m and Greg Rutherford appear in the long jump.

All five British medal-winning athletes from London 2012 – Christine Ohuruogu and Robbie Grabarz complete the quintet – will participate in the competition, on the anniversary weekend of the opening ceremony of the London Games.

Jonnie Peacock, Richard Whitehead, Mickey Bushell and Josie Pearson are among 14 of the 16 Paralympic medallists to have been confirmed for the IPC International Challenge on the Sunday.

“I have amazing memories of competing in the Olympic Stadium last year and it will be good to step out on that track again in front of a British crowd,” said Ennis, who won heptathlon gold at last year’s Games.

“I’ll never forget the noise the crowd made when I competed last August and know that the draw of the stadium and the great line-up of athletes will fill the stands and make it another incredible occasion.

“I am training hard and am getting excited about the prospect of getting out there and competing again this summer.”

UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner, who expects all three days to sell out “very quickly”, is hoping to generate the feelgood factor of London 2012.

“The athletes are hugely excited about competing in front of a big crowd of British athletics fans again,” Warner said.

The National Lottery will be the event partner for the Anniversary Games.