Sunday, 4 August 2013

Sainbury's Anniversary Games 2013 #Review

Last year we... I say this like I actually help organise 2012!  That's right hosted the Olympics.  The last time we had the privilege was back in 1948 - 64 years prior the World was a different place, WW2 recent ended TV was black and white.

Its feels like yesterday there were signs all over London promoting the Events.  Everyone in the country felt proud to be British! All eyes on Great Britain, Team GB Rocking it for the Nation.
The Olympics were finally coming home.

Our Olympic heroes ran, swam, jumped, shot, galloped, hit balls, kicked balls, karat chopped, dived, punched, cycled, canoed, pole vaulted into action. They did it all! Our heroes worked their socks off, some trained for months but most for years!

The Opening and Closing ceremonies were talked about throughout the World.  Portraying what it's meant to be British, music, fashion, our heritage, actors, authors, muscians & models. I hope the World got it, it was pretty fantastic and a lot of fireworks!

Overall we came 3rd (out of 85 countries) with a staggering 65 Medals

 Great Britain is GREAT! We have amazing, talented, profession athletes.
 A List of our Olympic Athletes medals

Bradley Wiggins,Victoria Pembleton, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis & Andy Murray. Truly remarkable people just to name a few.

A year later they haven't been forgotten. We still hear their names on news, radio and TV, see their faces in magazines, on posters.  Most our still living in the glory of 2012. The next Olympics wont be hosted until 2016, in Rio, Brazil.  Our athletes are continuously training, working hard to beat personal bests, break World records, working for the next biggie, breaking the Olympic records and training to make sure they make the grade to compete.

London's Anniversary Games has some of the world's top athletes return to the Olympic Stadium one year on from London 2012. The event was sponsored by Sainsbury's, arranged by the IAAF Diamond League who take this league around the World. 

The Anniversary Events took place over 3 days, from the 26th July, highlighting some major Olympic events. Its was a broadcasted on the BBC too.  I was lucky enough to return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  This time I set foot into the stadium, I took my boys.  The stadium was packed out to the rooftop.  We were armed with our flags and painted faces, cheering for Great Britain.

I went on Saturday, 27th July, Events for  the day: 

Mens Long Jump
Womens Shot Put 
Womens 100m Hurdles
Mens Pole Vault
Mens 100m Hurdles 
Womens 100m
Mens 400m Hurdles
Womens Javlin
Mens 3000m Steeplechase
Womens Long Jump
Womens 400m
Mens 3000m
Mens 4x 100m Relay 

Its was great to watch our heros again. Lots of events with athletes ready to take center stage again for their countries.  I'm sure the events give the British team fire in the bones to be back in such a magical place

The atmosphere was electric, a lot of spectators cheering & jeering. I really hope these events will be hosted next year. Lots of cheers for our Non-British favourites, champions in their field such as Usain Bolt.  He ran the last leg of the of the Mens 4x100m  Relay. Yes the Jamaicans won!


My favorite moment was when Mo Farah took his place for the 3000m, he stayed near the front for the majority of his race, letting the pace makers do all the hard work. 2nd to last lap he was in the lead, pulling away from the rest of the field, edging further and further away.  The last 200m he belted it through the finishing line.  A true gent, he was beaming from ear to ear! 

A very bright future for Katarina Johnson-Thompson - Heptathlon
Katarina Winning the Long Jump She's is only 20!   I will be watching this space and keep feeling proud to be British

Please note this is an unsponsored