25th June 2024


World silver medallist Matthew Hudson-Smith – the British and European record-holder over 400m – will make a welcome return to the London Stadium for the London Athletics Meet on Saturday 20 July.

The 29-year-old, a multiple European champion in the 400m and 4 x 400m, endured a frustrating 2023 that was interspersed by moments of brilliance. He ran a personal best (at the time) of 44.26 in the semi-final of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest but he was unable to repeat that feat in the final, finishing second after an injury-interrupted year caught up with him.

After a winter focused on making himself as robust as possible and an early-season 200m PB (20.39), the two-time world bronze medallist destroyed his own European 400m record with a dominant 44.07 performance – the second-fastest time in the world this year – at Oslo’s Bislett Games on 30 May.

“Things are going great so far this season,” said the Birchfield Harrier. “I’ve been working very hard on and off the track over the winter to stay healthy and injury-free. My win at the recent Oslo Diamond League showed that I’m in good shape and I hope to build further on that performance as the season develops.

“I won silver at last year’s World Championships in Budapest and bronze at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene. It would be amazing to win gold at the Olympic Games in Paris. The key is to stay healthy and keep working hard.

“The London Diamond League will be my final competition before the Olympic Games. Having the opportunity to compete in a world-class field in London, with a sell-out crowd backing me, is a huge motivator as my preparations continue through the summer.”

The London Athletics Meet – which will see the return of the world’s best athletes following a record-breaking sell-out in 2023 – is the tenth meeting of the 2024 Wanda Diamond League series. It is the UK’s biggest one-day athletics event and takes place six days before the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, making it the perfect prelude to Paris.

The Wanda Diamond League series comprises 15 meetings in total across four different continents and started with Xiamen (China) on 20 April. It concludes with a single final across two days in Brussels (13-14 September). Each of the 14 series meetings will be broadcast globally in a live two-hour programme.

Tickets to the 2024 London Athletics Meet start from £23 for adults, £5 for juniors and are on track to sell-out in record time. Secure your place to the world’s biggest one day athletics meet HERE.