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Athletics fans swarmed back to the Olympic stadium over a wet weekend to watch the heroes of London 2012 compete once again.
A glittering line up of the sport’s greatest competitors including Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford saw about 110,000 spectators turn up over the three-day event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Olympic champion Ennis-Hill, who only returned to competing in May after giving birth to son Reggie, put in her three best performances since London 2012.
The heptathlete said her performances had made here “a lot more positive” about her prospects for the world championships in Beijing next month but added she still wasn’t sure if she would go and compete.
“I feel the training I’ve done over the past few weeks has made a big difference,” she told reporters.
“It’s an amazing atmosphere here, the track’s amazing, but that’s going to be the case in Beijing as well so I feel happy I’ve been able to raise my standards in this environment.”
In typical fashion it was Bolt who powered to victory in the 100m sprint, while Farah received a warm welcome to the track, winning the 3,000m event, despite the doping allegations that have surrounded his coach Alberto Salazar in recent months.
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Rising star Dina Asher-Smith gave the crowds something to cheer about when she set a new British Record for the women’s 100m sprint, going under the eleven second mark with a time of 10.99secs.
Paralympic greats also made their come back to stadium on Sunday with a dedicated day of sporting action.
Team GB favourites David Weir and Jonnie Peacock took to the track, but failed to clinch a win with Peacock coming second to close rival Richard Brown of the USA while the Weir, who won three-gold medals on the same track in 2012, had to settle for fifth.
Paralympic champion and double-amputee Richard Whitehead romped to victory in the T34 400m, competing alongside David Henson who led Great Britain to a huge medal tally in the inaugural Invictus Games last year.
The day brought wins for Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft in the T34 400m while commonwealth champion Libby Clegg won the T12 200m.
There were also two British Records set including Georgina Hermitage, who won the T37 400m, and Sophie Hahn, who crossed the line first in the T38 100m.
Additional reporting by Press Association.