This is Stuart Weir’s first piece on the Weltklasse.
Diamond League Final – end of Part 1
So now we have had the first of the two Diamond League finals. We now have the first 16 winners. Reactions of the athletes are interesting. Normally the DL finals represent the end of the season. In non-Olympic and World Championship years, the finals represent the climax of the year. With $50,000 for each winner, the event still represents a significant part of their season!
But this year is different. The climax is the World Championship and that is still a month away. Listening to athletes talk afterwards, they seemed to fall into two categories. The winners felt that their result meant that they were fully on track for the World Championship. Losers often said they were in a period of hard training, that they were recovering from their national championships, that their focus was Doha, that there was still a month to go…
It is like a British General Election. Listen to the party leaders next day and they have all won!! We will pick out some highlights in subsequent posts, but here for now are the sixteen 2019 Diamond League winners.
MEN’S 100: Noah Lyles (USA) 9.98
MEN’S 800: Donovan Brazier (USA) 1 :42.70
MEN’S 5000: Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) 12:57.41
MEN’S 400m HURDLES: Karsten Warholm 46.92
MEN’S HIGH JUMP: Andriy Protsenko (Ukraine) 2:32
MEN’S LONG JUMP: Juan Miguel Echevarria (Cuba) 8.65
MEN’S POLE VAULT: Sam Kendricks (USA) 5:93
MEN’S JAVELIN: Magnus Kirt (Estonia) 89.13
WOMEN’S 200: Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas)21.74
WOMEN’S 400: Salva Eid Naser (Bahrain) 50:21
WOMEN’S 400m HURDLES: Sydney McLAUGHLIN (USA) 52.85
WOMEN’S 1500: Sifan Hassan (Netherlands) 3:57.08
WOMEN’S 3000SC: Beatrice Chepkeoch(Kenya) 9:01.71
WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP Shanieka Ricketts (Jamaica) 14.93
WOMEN’S SHOT PUT: LijiaoGong (China) 20:31
WOMEN’S JAVELIN: Huihui Lyu (China 66:88)