Sainsbury's Anniversary Games 2013: Stars Who Impressed Most During Meet

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the line first in the Men's 100m A race on day one during the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - IAAF Diamond League 2013 at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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A year on from the spectacle of the London 2012 Olympics and the English capital didn’t fail to live up to the expectations at the Anniversary Games.

Stars from all over the world took to the global stage hoping to recapture some of the magic that took place 12 months ago, or to even surpass those standards for some.

Although many of the athletes competing at the meet are undoubted members of an upper echelon, only a certain percentage will ever come to realise, as ever, there were those true superstars who stood out among the rest.


Farah Strikes With Ease

Setting a personal best in the 3,000-metre event, Mo Farah couldn’t have made his victory this weekend look too much easier if he tried.

The Oregon-based long distance runner set the home crowd into a flurry as he led the pack in what was a reminiscent moment of last year’s Olympic win.

Running a time of seven minutes, 36.85 seconds, Farah commented on his latest achievement after the race, BBC Sport’s Aimee Lewis reporting him as saying:

"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. Each time I race I want to make my country proud. I am honoured to represent my country."

There’s no rest for the wicked however, as the 30-year-old now travels to the World Championships in Russia where he’ll seek to find similar success in the 5,000-metre and 10,000-metre events.


Bolt Goes For Double Gold Glory

Not an unfamiliar story by any means, Usain Bolt walks away from another athletics meet as a double champion after succeeding both on the team and individual level.

Friday saw the Jamaican phenomenon run a season’s best of 9.85 to take home the men’s 100-metres gold before then leading his nation’s team to victory in the men’s 4x100-metre relay.

Despite the drug scandal that currently shrouds fellow sprinters, Tyson Gay as well as Jamaican compatriots Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, Bolt continues to do what he does best and within the regulations of the sport to boot.


British Women Dominate Track and Field

Being that it’s 12 months after Great Britain’s female athletes did so well in their own Olympic Games, it seems only suitable that they revive some of that form at the Anniversary Games.

Unfortunately, Jessica Ennis-Hill, the poster girl of London 2012 and a face whom many would be hoping to star this weekend was restricted by injury and could only finish fourth in the hurdles and last in the long jump.

However, where the established fell, the rising rose some more as Katarina Johnson-Thompson, one of the sprouting buds this time last year, shot to win gold in the long jump.

It seemed as though fate would spell it out that way fro Johnson-Thompson too, after the 20-year-old tweeted her excitement in the build-up to Saturday's triumph:

Meanwhile, Christine Ohuruogu continued to shine in the 400-metre event, running a season’s best of 50.00 seconds flat, giving major reason for hope ahead of next month’s World Championships.