Olympic spirit is back with a bang


Live Athletics (Friday, BBC Two 7pm & BBC One, 8.30pm)

It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time when quite a few people were prophesying that the 2012 London Games would be a disaster.

But then on July 27, Danny Boyle unveiled his spectacular opening ceremony, complete with a parachuting Queen, and suddenly it seemed like even the most hardened cynics decided the Olympics might not be so bad after all.

And now that Olympic spirit is back with a vengeance, thanks to the London Anniversary Games. To make it feel just as if we’ve turned a year back in time, the event comes from the Olympic Stadium, and is presented by Gabby Logan. Coverage begins on BBC Two at 7pm, and moves to BBC One at 8.30pm.

Many of the athletes who made the headlines 12 months ago are set to compete in this event which also serves as the 11th round of the lucrative Diamond League. Usain Bolt, who won three of his Olympic titles here, is surely the biggest of all the names scheduled to compete this evening as he looks to produce another dominant performance on the track in the 100m.

Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford are expected to compete over the weekend.