It's certainly not every day you can see over 46 Olympic medallists competing close to your house. Well, if you've ever attended an event like the Aviva Grand Prix, it's quite likely this chance will increase considerably. Luckily, Birmingham is fortunate to have a stadium like Alexander, located in Perry Barr, which has hosted many major competitions over a few years, getting athletes worldwide.
On Sunday August 26, the Alexander Stadium held Diamond League, a very special event because it brought together athletes from "Team GB" who were medal in the London Olympics!
The atmosphere was the same found at London 2012 and despite the controversy over the Jamaican athlete's participations; almost all 13,000 tickets were sold for this exceptional athletics event.
The public could check the performances of Taylor Gay, Greg Hutherford, Christine Ohuruogu, Robbie Grabarz, Carmelita Jeter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and of course, Mo Farah. It was indeed like having the a sense of reliving the Olympics again.
Brazil also continues to be well represented at the Diamond League by Fabiana Murer and Keila Costa. Fabiana took Bronze at this time and the Pole Vault athlete was applauded even in her latest attempts to jump. Despite not exceed 4.42 m in her jump, she continues to lead the competition this season.
As might be expected, the stars of the day were the Team GB athletes, especially the charismatic Mo Farah who won the 2.000m and led the crowd into a frenzy with his famous Mobot, a gesture that was perpetuated during the London Olympics.
What is most impressive in a competition as important as the Aviva Grand Prix is the opportunity to follow, very closely, the seconds of preparation and concentration of each athlete. Something you probably would miss just watching on telly! The organization of the event is also another curious fact to pay attention.
As each competition happens at intervals of less than 10 minutes apart from each other, it's up to the the volunteers who work at the event, be fast and accurate! Here in Birmingham, everything went flawlessly, showing that athletics has definitely a special place in the hearts of Brummies.
The next stage of the Diamond League, at the Aviva Grand Prix, will be held on August 30, in Zurich, Switzerland.