Tuesday, 31 May 2016

2016 Outdoor Athletics season kicks off in style with this weekend's Diamond League in Birmingham

The 2016 outdoor season in the UK will really start to get under way this weekend with the prestigious Birmingham Diamond League on Sunday 5th June. The event at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium is part of the world-wide IAAF Diamond League series and attracts some of the biggest names in athletics from across the world.

In 2015 more than a dozen Olympic champions and 27 world champions lined up in the West Midlands, whilst Great Britain’s Adam Gemili became the 100th man in history to break 10 seconds for 100m and British 100m record holder Dina Asher-Smith came within one hundredth of a second of upstaging American superstar Allyson Felix in the 200m.
Greg Rutherford, Birmingham Grand Prix, Feb 2014  
Mo Farah, Birmingham Grand Prix, February 2013

Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth long jump champion Greg Rutherford will be returning to the stage and Mo Farah aims to make the closing event, the men's 3000m, his first big European track race of 2016. Mo has won four times at this event before - the 5000m in 2011 and 2013 and over 2 miles in 2012 and 2014.