Rudisha to return to Olympic Stadium for Diamond League race

By evelyn watta
Mar 29, 2013
  • David Rudisha during the London race at the Olympic stadium.

Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha will return to the Olympic stadium in Stratford where he set his superb World record in July for the anniversary of the games alongside Jamaican Olympic triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt.

Rudisha is among top Olympics stars lined up to compete sat the Diamond League grand prix meeting on July 26 and 27 , normally held at the Crystal Palace but switched to mark the first anniversary of the London Olympics opening ceremony.

This will arguably be the biggest gathering of Olympic stars at any of the 14 Diamond League meeting which begins on May 10 in Doha.

Rudisha will use the race to warm up for his title defence in Moscow where he will be defending his world crown from Daegu.

The Olympic stadium will also play host to disability events on July 28, with tickets for the 80 000 capacity stadium expected to go on sale in April.

This will be the final athletics event hosted at the stadium before it is handed over to its new owner West Ham FC.

Blake, Farah also confirmed 

Besides Rudisha and Bolt Jamaican Yohan Blake,British double Olympic champion Mo Farah, Heptathlon star Jessica Ennis, triple sprint gold medallist Allyson Felix and 400m winner Kirani James are among others invited for the meet.

According to the Telegraph, it will be the first time Bolt has raced on British soil since 2009 other than at the Olympics ‘had previously avoided competing in Britain because UK regulations meant he would be liable to pay tax on his multi-million-pound endorsement earnings’.

The Jamaicans sprint star change of heart follows the decision of the Chancellor George Osborne, to grant a “one-off” tax exemption for overseas athletes taking part in the London meeting to make sure an all-star cast could be assembled for the anniversary celebrations.

Bolt will receive an estimated Ksh.64 million shillings( £500,000) for his two-day appearance, plus any prize money he earns for placing well in the races, without paying a penny of tax to the Treasury.