Tickets for the London athletics meeting to mark one year since the start of the 2012 Olympic Games were bought in record time for a British Diamond League event.

Usain Bolt and 28 other London 2012 medallists, including Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, are set to compete in front of a packed crowd at the Olympic Stadium on July 26th and 27th. 

Tickets for registered athletics supporters went on sale at 10:00 BST on Friday, with the official website slowing to a crawl, and were no longer available by noon.

According to British Athletics, around 60,000 tickets were available for each day and over 90% of those sold have gone to the public. That is in stark contrast to a report claiming just 51% of seats for the Olympic men's 100m final were on general sale.

The Anniversary Games will replace the 2013 London Grand Prix, which usually takes place at Crystal Palace, and is two weeks before the start of the World Athletics Championship in Moscow on August 10th.

As part of his warm up for the event, Bolt plans to run the 100m in London on Friday evening, as well as the 4x100m during Saturday's afternoon session. Mo Farah will drop down a distance to run the 3,000m.

Farah, who won both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races at the London Olympics last summer, competed in the London Marathon yesterday but, as planned, dropped out after halfway. 

His plan is to try to retain his 5,000-meter world title in Moscow whilst bettering his silver medal performance in the 10,000-meter race in Daegu 2009.

Meanwhile, tickets remain available for the Paralympic competition on the Sunday.


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