Mo Farah is determined to save his best for the World Championship and Jessica Ennis-Hill is only just coming back from an Achilles injury but memories of ‘Super Saturday’ will come flooding back when the British pair compete at the Olympic Stadium today.
Farah and Ennis will be the headline acts for the home crowd on day two of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.
Ennis-Hill stormed to heptathlon title glory on a momentous Saturday for British athletics during the Olympic Games last summer, with Farah winning the 10,000 metres gold medal minutes later and adding the 5,000m gold to his collection the following week.
Both are due to revisit the scene of their triumphs, with Farah running the 3,000m and Ennis-Hill going in the 100m hurdles and long jump.
Although Farah has his sights firmly set on next month’s World Championships in Moscow, the prospect of once again winning in London is one he is relishing.
“I have got great memories of the stadium,” he said.
“It will be amazing just walking in there and getting the reception, there will be a lot of memories coming back at that point.
“It would be good to win the race, tick that box and then go away to St Moritz for high-altitude training and I will stay there until Moscow.
“My aim is to win the race but I haven’t thought too much about it but I will have a chat with Alberto [Salazar, his coach].
“The most important thing for me though is not to overcook it. Moscow is what I’m getting ready for and this is just another race to get me tuned in.”
For Ennis-Hill, the objective will be to come through unscathed.
The 27-year-old from Sheffield competed for the first time this season at a meeting in Loughborough on Tuesday and is anticipating a tough day as she looks to soak up the atmosphere once again and test her troublesome ankle ahead of the World Championships.
“Just entering the stadium for the first time [at the Olympics] was the stand-out moment,” she said.
“I tried to really avoid it in the weeks and months before, so that was a moment that will stick with me forever. I keep catching my husband putting it on and I’m like, ‘Turn it off’.
“I couldn’t have been more ready last year and I think I’m at the opposite end of the spectrum this year. I’m just going to go out there and give it my all and see what happens.
“This is the next big test with the hurdles. It is explosive and I come down with my lead leg on the damaged Achilles. It will be good to see how it goes and how it responds the day after.
“I definitely feel in a better position than I did last week and the week before, but I have just started doing my explosive work this week.”