London 2012: Diamond League stars speak to School Report

14 July 2012 Last updated at 15:32

School Reporters from The John Fisher School in Purley report on the Diamond League athletics meeting at Crystal Palace as some of the world's top stars gather just two weeks before the start of the Olympics.
Montel, Tom and David write down questions
Fresh from picking up their accreditation passes, School Reporters Montel, Tom and David set up camp in the media centre and quickly came up with some great questions for their first interview of the day
Tom puts a question to athletics legend and BBC commentator Colin Jackson
It was straight into action for the School Reporters as they grabbed a word with 110m hurdles legend turned BBC commentator Colin Jackson before the start of his broadcast, asking him about the current crop of GB hurdlers and his glittering athletics career
A view of the concourse outside the stadium
The damp conditions were no great surprise in a wet British summer, but the rain did not keep a sell-out crowd away from Crystal Palace
BBC journalist Tom Fordyce talks to the School Reporters
The pupils then took the opportunity to quiz Tom Fordyce, chief sportswriter at the BBC Sport website, who was covering the event, and got some top sport journalism tips as well as finding out about his love of Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye!
School Reporters outside the media centre
After getting their first interviews under their belts, David, Tom and Montel were ready to watch some of the athletics action as some of the world's best athletes fine-tuned their preparations for the fast-approaching Olympic Games
Montel, Tom and David inside the stadium
Inside the stadium, the School Reporters were able to witness some superb performances, including 400m hurdler Perri Shakes-Dreyton's demolition of a high-class field in her event
Dwain Chambers speaks to the School Reporters
After learning some of the harsh realities of life in the mixed zone (the area where journalists can speak to athletes), the pupils convince controversial TeamGB sprinter Dwain Chambers to answer their questions after his 100m heat
School Reporters speak to Dai Greene
Armed with some practical advice from some of the experienced journalists sharing the mixed zone with them, the School Reporters grabbed another big-name interviewee with 400m hurdles world champion Dai Greene, the captain of Britain's athletics team for the Olympics. He told them he was not too disappointed with his second place finish at Crystal Palace, and was convinced the format of the Olympics would suit him
Mo Farah in action at Crystal Palace
Arguably the biggest star of the night was TeamGB distance runner Mo Farah (second on the track in beige vest), who is hoping to win gold in both the 5000m and the 10,000m in London. Farah put in an authoritative display in his final event before the Games, storming clear to win comfortably
Mo Farah answers questions in the mixed zone
Predictably, Farah was in high demand by the media and the School Reporters came up with a cunning ploy to ensure they got some quotes amid the scrum of journalists, handing their microphone to a friendly press officer to hold on their behalf!
Mo Farah's signature
Although - like most other journalists in the mixed zone - they didn't quite manage to get a question to Farah, some quick thinking from School Reporter David did at least ensure that they left with his signature!