A year on from London holding the biggest event on the planet, some of the world’s best athletes returned for a nostalgic weekend at the Anniversary Games.
With Usain Bolt making an entrance to the track that rivalled any rock star; the crowd went wild and set the tone for the rest of weekend.
The medal tally that Team GB managed to establish last summer was remarkable, but some athletes wanted to show that sporting and athletic success is an enduring legacy.
Mo Farah won his 3,000m race, the GB women won their 4x100m relay, Christine Ohuruogu won the women’s 400m, Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the women’s long jump and many more athletes performed season bests.
After recent news of drug problems hitting the sport, the athletes competing at the anniversary games had an extra incentive to show fans just what athletics is about.
With sell-out crowds for both the returning Olympians and Paralympians, it was fair to say that the athletes proved their point and excelled in putting on a show that reminisced a year on from the spectacular events of 2012.
After winning the 3,000m, Farah was keen to tell of the pride that representing his country brings him. “This is where I love to run and last year at the Olympics was a really big year for me. This is where I made my name,” he said. “Each time I race, I want to make my country proud. I am honoured to represent my country.”
Of course, the main attraction in any big athletic meet is the 100m race, with Usain Bolt once again proving he is the best over this distance.
After an almost teasingly challenging start, he started to gain rhythm in his stride and was it became inevitable that with every stride he was hunting down the nearest opponent to win with a time of 9.85 seconds.
Echoing Farah’s thoughts, Bolt explained his love for the capital: “I felt great. I’m so excited to be here again. I had a bad start but I did okay. It’s so wonderful to compete in London; it’s a brilliant experience to be here again. I’m just so happy to be here.”
Last year, the world stood still when the opening ceremony to the London Olympics marked an historic time in the Queen’s homeland.
Hosting its third Games, there were fears created by some media that the games would fall short of the previously spectacular Beijing Games or, indeed, any Olympics before it.
But with a year now passed since London put on a world-beating event, those uncertainties have turned into proud nostalgia, silencing all critics and showing a sign of unity in knowing that the country did the ‘best show on earth’ justice.
Next up for the world class athletes is the World Championships in Moscow, beginning on the 10th August, in which Ohuruogu will captain Team GB and hopefully lead the country to even more sporting success in a summer that has already seen more than its fair share of British sporting pride