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Diamond League season kicks off with large dash conflict in Doha

Dina Asher-Smith, Shericka Jackson and Sha’Carri Richardson are amongst these in a red-hot girls’s 100m area in Qatar on Friday

The 2023 Wanda Diamond League season is able to begin with a bang on Friday (Could 5) with sturdy line-ups at Doha, Qatar. These embrace a mouth-watering conflict within the girls’s 100m.

Shericka Jackson, the world 200m champion from Jamaica, takes on former world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith of Britain, plus Individuals Sha’Carri Richardson, Melissa Jefferson, Abby Steiner, Teahna Daniels and Twanisha Terry, whereas New Zealand record-holder Zoe Hobbs completes the sphere.

“After beginning my season with a couple of 400m races, I’m excited to drop down in distance to race over 100m in Doha,” mentioned Jackson. “I do know I’m in fine condition after working my quickest 400m since 2019 this yr, however now it’s time to sharpen up and run actually quick.”

Shericka Jackson (Getty)

Doha is the primary of 14 Diamond League occasions this summer time with the ultimate over two days in Eugene on September 16-17.

Additionally in Doha the lads’s 200m sees Olympic champion Andre De Grasse of Canada taking over world 400m gold medallist Michael Norman plus fellow Individuals Fred Kerley, the world 100m champion, and Kenny Bednarek, the Olympic and world 200m silver medallist.

Andre De Grasse wins gold (Getty)

As well as, the lads’s 200m consists of Joseph Fahnbulleh, the NCAA champion over 100m and 200m and Liberian record-holder who completed fourth over 200m on the World Championships, along with Andrew Hudson of Jamaica, the NACAC champion.

There will probably be loads of house curiosity in Doha, too, as three-time Diamond Trophy winner Mutaz Essa Barshim competes within the excessive leap.

Mutaz Essa Barshim (Mark Shearman)

Australia’s Nina Kennedy, the 2022 Diamond Trophy winner, is up in opposition to Olympic champion Katie Moon and fellow American Sandi Morris plus Britain’s Holly Bradshaw within the pole vault, Kenya’s Religion Kipyegon headlines the ladies’s 1500m and Moroccan steeplechaser Soufiane El Bakkali will probably be hoping to take his very good 2022 kind into the brand new season.

El Bakkali isn’t tackling the obstacles in Doha, although. As a substitute he takes on a troublesome 3000m flat area that features Ethiopians Berihu Aregawi, Lamecha Girma and Selemon Barega, plus former world 1500m champion Tim Cheruiyot of Kenya.

Lamecha Girma (Getty)

Having change into the primary Indian ever to win the Diamond Trophy final yr, Neeraj Chopra can even be out for extra Diamond League success within the males’s javelin as he takes on world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada and Olympic silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic.

Kristjan Ceh of Slovenia and Daniel Stahl of Sweden are in a robust males’s discus line-up that features Brits Nick Percy and Lawrence Okoye.

Kristjan Ceh (Mark Shearman)

The total begin lists are right here.

Doha guarantees to be an awesome season opener as this assembly 12 months in the past noticed 5 world leads, two assembly data plus three space and nationwide data.

READ MORE: Doha Diamond League 2022 protection

Current days have seen a spate of athlete bulletins referring to occasions later this summer time and listed here are a number of the promised highlights on the Diamond League occasions that observe scorching on the heels of Doha.

Rabat – Could 28

The Assembly Worldwide Mohammed VI would be the first likelihood for athletes to earn factors within the males’s 100m, girls’s 200m and girls’s 400m hurdles amongst different occasions. Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala is among the many early entries. It could even be a shock if Olympic and world champion El Bakkali doesn’t compete on house soil both.

Rome/Florence – June 2

The Pietro Mennea Golden Gala returns to Florence with Femke Bol anticipated to compete within the 400m hurdles. There may be additionally an awesome girls’s lengthy leap showdown between Diamond Trophy winner Ivana Vuleta of Serbia, Olympic champion Malaika Mihambo of Germany, Ukraine’s Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk, Nigeria’s Ese Brume, Florence-born Italian star Larissa Iapichino and Britain’s European indoor champion Jazmin Sawyers.

Paris – June 9

The French occasion is ready to be invaded by a lot of Britain’s main athletes with world champion Jake Wightman, Keely Hodgkinson and Asher-Smith amongst these heading to town. The latter is ready to run the 200m at this Assembly de Paris, whereas Wightman is because of run 800m alongside fellow Brit Max Burgin.

Pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw can also be anticipated to be in motion along with Eilish McColgan, assuming she has recovered from her latest damage issues.

French followers can even have loads of native expertise to cheer, with European 800m silver medallist Rénelle Lamote and world decathlon record-holder Kevin Mayer additionally on the entry lists.

Oslo – June 15

Pole vault world file holder Mondo Duplantis set to return to Oslo and South African star Wayde Van Niekerk set to make his Diamond League comeback within the 400m.

Oslo can even see Diamond Trophy winner Valarie Allman of the US tackle long-time Croatian rival Sandra Perkovic within the girls’s discus.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen has additionally signed as much as a number of Diamond League occasions already together with Oslo as he units out to defend his Diamond Trophy.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Getty)

Lausanne – June 30

The Athletissima is ready to see Swiss stars equivalent to Simon Ehammer and Mujinga Kambundji joined by a lot of main worldwide athletes equivalent to Dutch hurdles star Bol, Olympic 1500m champion Ingebrigtsen and world 5000m and 10,000m record-holder Joshua Cheptegei.

Femke Bol (Getty)

Stockholm – July 2

Duplantis broke the world file right here final yr and he’s set to return to this BAUHAUS-Galan assembly in 2023.

Mondo Duplantis (Getty)

Silesia – July 16

The Kamila Skolimowska Memorial assembly returns to the Wanda Diamond League circuit this yr, having change into the primary ever sequence assembly on Polish soil in 2022.

Duplantis will return within the males’s pole vault, whereas Ingebrigtsen is because of run the lads’s 1500m. Within the males’s excessive leap, in the meantime, joint Olympic champions Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi will go face to face.

Monaco – July 21

Duplantis is in motion once more however be careful for the middle-distance monitor occasions too as they historically characteristic super-fast occasions at this Herculis assembly on the French Riviera. In whole this occasion has been elected greatest assembly on the earth seven occasions in its historical past. Final yr for instance Jake Wightman received the 1000m and Lizzie Hen set a UK 3000m steeplechase file.

London – July 23

World-class athletics returns to the London Stadium with world and Olympic 800m silver medallist Hodgkinson set to race there for the primary time and on the lookout for run with the World Championships simply weeks away. You may assure the occasion will probably be asserting extra world-class names in coming weeks too.

Zurich – August 31

After a mid-season break within the Diamond League to permit the staging of the World Championships in Budapest, the sequence returns with the Weltklasse in Switzerland. Going down simply days after the World Championships, you’ll be able to assure there will probably be a lot of rematches and revenge showdowns.

Shenzhen – September 2

China has struggled to stage main occasions post-pandemic however this assembly will happen on the Bao’an Stadium, a state-of-the-art area which has beforehand hosted soccer on the 2011 Summer time Universiade.

Brussels – September 8

World record-holders Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Duplantis plus Ingebrigtsen and Yaroslava Mahuchikh have already dedicated to competing on the Allianz Memorial Van Damme assembly. There may be additionally more likely to be house curiosity with heptathlete Nafi Thiam and distance runner Bashir Abdi.

Eugene – September 16-17

The Diamond League finals will probably be held on US soil for the primary time. This season finale at Eugene’s Prefontaine Traditional would be the solely assembly to stage each single Diamond self-discipline, with all 32 Wanda Diamond League champions to be topped over the course of two days.

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