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McLeod_Omar-PreC17.jpgOmar McLeod, photo by PhotoRun.net
McLeod against rest of the World
SHANGHAI (CHN): World and Olympic champion at 110 m hurdles Omar McLeod will target a third successive victory when he returns to the Shanghai Diamond League on 12 May. Among his rivals Orlando Ortega, Jamaicans Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment, World record holder Aries Merritt and 2015 World champion Sergey Shubenkov with best Chinese Xie Wenjun. Women´s 100 m hurdles are headed by World record holder Kendra Harrison. She is going to face tough competition from her country mates. Olympic champion Brianna McNeal (formerly Rollins), the 2008 Olympic champion and world silver medallist, Dawn Harper Nelson, world indoor silver medallist Christina Manning, and Sharika Nelvis, who was fourth in Birmingham. Germany's European champion Cindy Roleder and Dutchwoman Nadine Visser, the world indoor bronze medallist, will be trying to halt the American train. In the 400 m hurdles Olympic winner Dalilah Muhammad runs with Georganne Moline. Also competing Jamaican high level trio Janieve Russell, Ristananna Tracey and Leah Nugent, plus the two-time African champion Wenda Nel of South Africa and Canadian Sage Watson with European champion and Rio silver winner Sara Petersen.
McLeod_OmarFV-PreC17.jpgOmar McLeod, photo by PhotoRun.net
Morris_Sandi1-Worlds18.jpgSandi Morris, photo by PhotoRun.net
Morris vs Stefanidi
DOHA (QAT): More names are revealed for the 2018 IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha on May 4. Top clashes in women pole vault (Sandi Morris, Katerina Stefanidi) and men javelin (Johannes Vetter, Thomas Rohler, Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych). World 800m champion Caster Semenya, fresh off her Commonwealth Games 800m/1500m double victory, will head the field in the longer race. Women pole vault also includes recently crowned Commonwealth gold and silver medallists Alysha Newman of Canada and Eliza McCartney of New Zealand respectively, 2017 World Championship bronze medallist and 2013 U18 world champion Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela, and 2013 European indoor champion and British record-holder Holly Bradshaw. Also in the javelin mix are reigning Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya, and another rising star, 20-year-old Neeraj Chopra of India, the 2016 U20 world champion, 2017 Asian champion and record-holder, and recent Commonwealth Games gold medallist. At the moment Semenya´s chief competition appears to be Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia, the 2016 world indoor bronze medallist and world U20 indoor record holder, Kenyan Winny Chebet, a world indoor 1500m finalist, Rababe Arafi of Morocco, a world and Olympic 1500m finalist, and Eunice Sum of Kenya, the 2013 world 800m champion.
Stefanidi_Ekaterina-Worlds18.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

One of my favorite events in the world is the Doha Diamond League meeting, held this year on May 4. This release is about the Qatari athletes who will be competing in Doha this year!

Haroun wins bronze at London 2017.jpgAbdellalah Haroun with his bronze medal from London 2017, photy courtesy of Qatar Federation

Ahmed Magour at London 2017.jpgAhmed Magour, throwing javelin in London 2017, photo from Qatar Federation

The triple jump duo of Christian Taylor and Will Claye have competed against each other since high school. Now, they are two of the finest triple jumpers in the world. They will be highlighting the TJ at the Pre Classic at the end of May. Read on track fans!

Taylor_Christian1-Brussels17.jpgChristian Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Claye_Will1-Worlds18.jpgWill Claye, photo by PhotoRun.net

Looking forward to Christian Coleman's debut in the Diamond League this year. The team at the Diamond League put together some of their favorite debuts in the past Diamond League seasons.

Coleman_ChristianFH-Worlds18.jpgChristian Coleman wins 60 meter World Indoors in Championship record of 6.37! photo by PhotoRun.net

Harrison_KeniQ-USin18.JPGKeni Harrison, 2018 USATF Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net

Keni Harrison, the World Indoor Champion and World record holder at 100 meter hurdles, is one of the early announcements leading the fields at the 2018 Shanghai Diamond League fields for May 13, 2018. Check out the Diamond League release for 2018 Shanghai DL.

RunBlogRun opines: Now, this is how to open the Diamond League! Dafne Schippers versus Elaine Thompson, versus Marie Jose Ta Lou versus Murielle Ahoure! Only person that they are missing is Tori Bowie. The Doha DL opens the Diamond League each year and this year, the high jump will be held outside the stadium. One of my favorite ways to open the elite outdoor season.

Ahoure_MarielleFV-WORLDSi18.jpGMurielle Ahoure, photo by PhotoRun.net

TaLou_MarieSF-WORLDSi18.jpGMarie-Jose Ta Lou, photo by PhotoRun.net

Schippers_DaphneSF-WORLDSi18.jpGDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Thompson_ElaineQ-WORLDi18.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Eder_Larry-Doha16.jpgRunBlogRun in Doha, photo by PhotoRun.net

DOHA (QAT): In exactly 50 days' time, the ninth IAAF Diamond League season will get underway at the Qatar Sports Club in Doha on 4 May. As in all the previous eight seasons, the series will begin in Qatar before concluding on back-to-back days in Zurich (30 August) and Brussels (31 August). From the IAAF Diamond League website.

RunBlogRun opines: The 14 single day formats (now several have two day formats, or events on the road) bring many of our finest athletes in the world into big city events for global fans to enjoy. Doha is a fantastic event. A fun place to see the top athletes in the world come out of their hibernation to compete for the summer season.

Lasitskene_Mariya-WorInd18.jpgMariya Lasitskene, WIC gold, high jump, photo by PhotoRun.net

Coleman_ChristianFL1-Worlds18.jpgChristian Coleman, WIC gold, 60 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Lavillenie_RenaudR-WORLDi18.jpGRenaud Lavillenie, WIC gold, pole vault, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mayer_Kevin1k-WORLDi18.jpGKevin Mayer, WIC gold, heptathlon, photo by PhotoRun.net

PARIS (FRA): Meeting de Paris of IAAF Diamond League (June 30) announced first wave of top names. Four fresh World Indoor champions from Birmingham. US sprinter Christian Coleman, high jump World champion Mariya Lasitskene with home stars Renaud Lavillenie and Kevin Mayer. For decathlon world champion a special triathlon will be held.

RunBlogRun opines: The Paris DL meet is one of my favorites each and every summer. The crowd, the rivalries, and the amazing press conferences are some of my favorites memories on the DL tour.

This is the third week, fifth day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.

Today, we are writing about Hungarian star, Anita Marton, the silver medalist from London 2017 and bronze from World Indoors 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

And always remember to check out www.wicbirmingham2018.com!

Marton_Anita-London17.jpgAnita Marton, photo by PhotoRun.net

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