2010 Diamond League, Meet # 1: Doha, Qatar, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Doha, Qatar, (March 2010), photo by PhotoRun.net.

The IAAF Diamond League has it's first meet tomorrow, Friday, May 14, 2010, in Doha, Qatar.
The first of fourteen major one day meetings, featuring many of the best athletes in our sport! Television sales will give the meetings a strong global audience. In the U.S., at least for now, you will be watching it on www.universalsports.com or one of the universal partners across the U.S.
Doha was hot in March, it will be even warmer there on Friday. There will be some huge performances. Watch the men's 100 meters, the women's 400 meters and the men's shot put. Promises of a fast 5,000 meters, by the athletes, could come true, but the fans should see a great global event! Alfons Juck, provides some predictions on how the meet could go, so read on!

Aspire Sports Complex, Doha, Qatar, March 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net.

That Qatar wants to be a global sports capital is a given. The facilities that we saw in March at the 2010 World Indoor Champs were the best indoor facility that I have ever seen! The stadium across from the Indoor complex will host the IAAF Diamond League meeting tomorrow, and it should be a strong meet!




DOHA (QAT):  The winner of each of the 32 Diamond Races will receive a 40,000 USD cash prize and a spectacular Diamond Trophy created by Beyer, one of the oldest and most respected jewellers in the world, which was established in Zürich in the 18th century. That is the latest addition into the diamond race scheme for the new series starting on Friday in Qatar.


DOHA (QAT): No change. The 5000 m race remains and is full of top runners. Joseph Ebuya said he wants to run sub 12:50 what would be his personal best. The CC world champion plans to transform his great shape also on the track.


DOHA (QAT): Olympic pole vault champion and Diamond League ambassador Yelena Isinbayeva will most likely not compete this year. Not at the European championships this summer, other meetings are also still under question. During some important european dates she will fulfill her role as ambassador of Youth Olympic Games. She wants to be back in full shape by the 2011 World championships and 2012 Olympic Games. She might be back for indoor season 2011 already.


DOHA (QAT): Former world record holder Asafa Powell believes he can break Usain Bolt's word record over de 100m. Powell, who is the favourite to win the sprint event in Doha in what is the first Diamond League meeting of the season. "It's something that I'm confident I can go below," Powell told Press Association Sport about breaking the world record, „I've been feeling good so far since the start of the year so I'm thinking positive".


DOHA (QAT): Long distances star  Kenenisa Bekele has still not set a date for a comeback from a calf injury that has plagued him since January, his agent Jos Hermens said in Doha. Agencies are informing. „The tear is healed but there remains some residue," Hermens said. His next scheduled race is in Oslo on June 4 in expected duel at 5000 m against Bernard Lagat.


DOHA - short preview - How many world leads and meet records?


DOHA (QAT): Event by event  (15) in one sentence.


100 m: Asafa Powell wants another sub 10, he should attack also the world lead. But pay attention to Nesta Carter too. Kimmons and D. Brown late withdrawals.

800 m: One of the greatest fields of the evening. Rudisha against Mulaudzi against Kiprop against Ismail. Sub 1:43 possible.

5000 m: Ebuya thinks high, but the field is very competitive. World lead mor than for sure.

400mH: All three oly medalists Clement, Batman Jackson and Taylor fighting for sub 48 seconds.

Steeple: All the best Kenyans here, world lead is clear, can Kemboi be faster as last year?

Triple jump: Cubans already jumped outdoors and are top names (Girat, Copello, Betanzos).

Shot put: Cantwell is ready.


200 m: Kerron Stewart is the top name to clock under 22 seconds.

400 m: Best women field in running events. Sub 50 should be there for first time this year.

1500 m: Jamal is there, but Burka too. World lead is clear.

100mH: Small Pan-Am games here, another world leader coming.

High jump: Vlasic returns for fifth time, in the progression 206 is set.

Pole vault: Rogowska can use her hour after Isinbayeva is not jumping.

Discus throw: Samuels, Perkovic the youngsters against some veterans.

Javelin: Spotakova, Abakumova, Obergfoll - do you need more?







NEW YORK (USA): Come-back of Swedish hurdles star Susanna Kallur is possible for Bislett Games in Olso on June 4.  If not there, then New York on June 12. „We hope it will be as soon as possible, but nothing is guaranteed," says father Anders Kallur to SVT.


STOCKHOLM (SWE): Sweden´s other star triple jumper Christian Olsson will start his season at New York Diamond League meet on June 12. In the last week he became a proud father.


INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USA track and field and runnerspace.com have announced the creation of USARunningCircuit.com. The website is a new multi-media fan site that will highlight professional road racing on the USA Runningcircuit. The USARC is a USATF road series featuring USA championships from one mile to the marathon writes USATF in a press release.


NASSAU (BAH): The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has selected six athletes for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, based on their performances at March's Carifta Games, in the Cayman Islands. The athletes are: Stephen Newbold, who set a new record in the Under-17 Boys 400 hurdles at Carifta, Ryan Ingraham (high jump), Marva Etienne (100m), Shaune Miller (400m), Lathone Minns (triple jump), and Tynia Gator (200m). Informs TrackAlert.


CAPE TOWN (RSA): Athletics South Africa have been criticized for apparent multiple errors in their calculations of the points system that awarded this year's Yellow Pages Series athletes with incentive prize money. The awards were given to the steeplechase runner Ruben Ramolefi and middle distance runner Lebogang Phalula. But it seems those awards should have been given to 400m hurdler Cornel Fredericks and 400m runner Estie Wittstock. Informs iol.co.za.


LOS ANGELES (USA): Former hurdles great Greg Foster established new names in his group as agent.  His latest signed athletes are world leader over 100 m Ivory Williams and top hurdler Dexter Faulk.


MANCHESTER (GBR):  Marlon Devonish who was planning to attack his UK 150 metres best performance has withdrawn from the Powerade CityGames on Sunday. Devonish who set his mark of 14.88seconds at the CityGames in Newcastle/Gateshead last September injured himself in training on Tuesday. His replacement will be US Shawn Crawford the 2004 Olympic 200m champion and silver medallist at the Beijing Games two years ago. Crawford's inclusion will see him face face fellow American Mike Rodgers the world indoor 60m silver medallist and reigning European 100m and 200m title holder Francis Obikwelu of Portugal. The meeting on a specially constructed track on the streets of Deansgate, will also feature Tyson Gay aiming to challenge the world 200m best performance of 19.5. Gay lines up against Kim Collins who returns to the city where he won the Commonwealth 100m title eight years ago. Writes David Martin.







TEHRAN (IRI, May 12): Asian discus record holder Ehsan Hadadi started into the 2010 season at 1st Iranian National Grand Prix with excellent throw of 66.00 m.


KYIV (UKR, May 12): At Ukrainian throwing meet Iryna Sekachova achieved 70.25 in hammer, Andriy Borodkin got 19.87 in shot put and world junior record holder Vira Rebryk registered solid javelin 61.16 m.


MOSCOW (RUS, May 13): In open season competition Kseniya Zadorina clocked solid 51.86 in the 400 m, Anna Balakhsina 2:02.90 in the 800 m and Yelena Sokolova leaped to 640 in long jump.


ST. NIKLAAS (BEL, May 13): Belgian Elisabeth Davin ran 13.38 here in the 100H with European junior champion Ann Zagre third in 13.62, the race had +2.3 wind. British Richard Kilty won the 100m in 10.44, second Mark Findley got 10.56. Tom Goyvaerts managed 76.16 to win the javelin throw.


LANGENTHAL (SUI, May 13):  Swiss Marc Schneeberger clocked solid 33.16 at a meeting here.


FORMIA (GBR, May 11): British high jumpers delivered solid results, Tom Parsons cleared 226 over Robbie Grabarz (224).



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