Usain Bolt to compete at London Anniversary Games ahead of Rio 2016

Usain Bolt will warm up for the Rio Olympics on the London track where he won three golds in 2012. Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Usain Bolt is set to warm up for the Rio Olympics by competing at the 2016 London Anniversary Games.

The double Olympic champion in the 100, 200 and 4x100 meters, Bolt will return to the track where he won those titles in 2012, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, for the July 22-23 event that is part of the IAAF Diamond League series.

"I am pleased to announce my return to the Olympic stadium in London for the 2016 Anniversary Games," Bolt said. "I know the athletics fans in London are very knowledgeable and passionate about track and field and will come out in force and create a great atmosphere like they always do."

Niels de Vos, Chief Executive of British Athletics, said: "Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon. This will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete.

"The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and will be even more special this year as it is staged so close to the Olympic Games."