Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix | Birmingham Alexander Stadium | Sunday 24 August 2014
The star-studded Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix returned to Birmingham's Alexander Stadium on Sunday 24th August and didn't disappoint. Now in its fourth year, the prestigious IAAF Diamond League meet saw many of the best athletes in the world in action, and the sell-out crowd were treated to numereous meeting records, World and European leads as well as a handful of national records.
As has been the case all season, the men's high jump competition provided five star entertainment with Mutaz Essa Barshim and Bogdan Bondarenko both breaking the meeting record with 2.38m clearances. In the end Barshim took victory on countback, showing just how close it was!
Double Olympic, World and European champion Mo Farah competed on the track in Britain for the first time since 2013, and once again he was one of the stars of the show, breaking the British 2 mile record with a commanding victory.
Other popular home victories came from Lynsey Sharp in the women's 800m, her first ever Diamond League win and Christine Ohuruogu, who won the 400m, although this wasn't a Diamond League event.
Valerie Adams mainted her four year unbeaten run, with consequtive victory number 55 in the women's shot put. Her 19.96m first round throw wasn't anything to write home about, but the Kiwi's consistency surely makes her the queen of track and field?
There were also victories for Olympic champions David Rudisha, Kirani James, Robert Harting and Christian Taylor, who was competing in the long jump in absence of a men's triple jump in Birmingham.