Meeting History

Highlights from the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix

Meeting History for the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix


As Birmingham prepares to host the Meeting History for the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix for the third time, below are a few articles that highlight the superb history, including events at the meet's former home of Gateshead.

Over the years, both venues have seen a number of dramatic and world leading performances, and it's only right to highlight some of these fantastic occasions.

Archive articles below take in the events since 1997.


  • 2012 Review -

    The Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix today provided a fitting homecoming for four of GB's Olympic medallists and 17 Olympic champions from across the globe, as the annual track and field spectacular returned to the Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium once more. more

  • 2011 Review -

    The latest of the Diamond League series and the first of the three UK-based Aviva Series meetings this summer, the West Midlands-bound spectators were treated to an ideal meet with quality world class performances and home-grown winners. more

  • 2010 Review -

    Warm muggy conditions greeted spectators and competitors at the Gateshead International Stadium for the Aviva British Grand Prix this afternoon, and there were some world class performances across the board as well as excellent performances from Barcelona-bound Brits. more

  • 2009 Review - Raining British Victories

    Even through the grey of a wet afternoon, it was hard to miss Phillips Idowu, his chiselled figure colourfully decorated with red hair, white headband, black and yellow vest and yellow spikes. more

  • 2008 Review - Old Lion Asafa still roaring

    Two years after he had equalled the men’s 100m World record in Gateshead, Jamaica’s Asafa Powell produced no less a performance in the Aviva British Grand Prix. more

  • 2006 Review - World Record on British soil

    Never before had a 100m World record been set in Britain but, on a day made for sprinting, Asafa Powell ended the wait. On a warm afternoon for the Norwich Union British Grand Prix, and with the wind on the backs of the sprinters, Powell equalled the quickest time in history with a 9. more

  • 2004 Review - Raising the bar

    The more things change (she jumped 5cm higher than the previous year), the more they remain the same (like last year she pocketed $50,000 for a World record at Gateshead). more

  • 2003 Review - More Records at Stadium

    On this day in Gateshead the legend of Yelena Isinbayeva was born. Aged 21, the Russian who would go on to dominate the women’s pole vault, with a profusion of  Olympic and World titles and World records, cleared 4. more

  • 2001 Review - Gateshead watches Edwards

    Felix Sanchez went home from the summer’s World Championships, in Edmonton, Canada, to a presidential reception and Avard Moncur was greeted by his country’s Cabinet. more

  • 2000 Review - Impressive pre-Olympic event

    Two months after he considered aborting his season because of a depressing sequence of results – three last places in four races – Britain’s Dwain Chambers defeated double 100m World champion and World record holder Maurice Greene. more

  • 1999 Review - Smith up with the stars

    On a day which did nothing to improve Gateshead’s reputation for unhelpful weather, Britain’s Steve Smith defied atrocious conditions to lead the year’s outdoor high jump World rankings. more

  • 1998 Review - Quite a day for the Scots

    On a cold and drizzly day, Doug Walker smashed John Regis’ European 300m record, taking the scalps of Britain’s top 400m men in the process, but Hicham El Guerrouj fell just short in his attempt on the World 2000m record. more

  • 1997 Review - A goodbye to Gunnell

    It was cold and windy for this IAAF Grand Prix II meeting but the outpouring of warmth for Sally Gunnell ensured a memorable send-off for the most successful woman in British athletics history. more

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