What I liked about the Bauhaus Diamond League 2020.....

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The Stockholm Diamond League is always an exciting meet. I love Stockholm. The stadium is steeped in history, and, in a normal year, the meet is always nearly sold out.

This is a smart column by Stuart Weir on what he liked about Bauhaus Galan!

Stalh2.jpgDaniel Stahl celebrating post event, photo by Chris Cooper

Things I liked about the Bauhaus Stockholm Diamond League 2020

This is the first time that I have missed the Stockholm Diamond League for years because of this wretched virus. But even watching from home there was a great deal to enjoy:

100mW (1).jpgAjla Del Pointe, Bauhaus Galan, photo by Chis Cooper

Things I liked about the Bauhaus Stockholm Diamond League 2020

This is the first time that I have missed the Stockholm Diamond League for years because of this wretched virus. But even watching from home there was a great deal to enjoy

1 The Olympic stadium - that is the 1912 Olympics of course. The stadium has stood the test of time well. It looks like a stadium - not like a ship or whatever the latest craze is among stadium architects.

donavan©etiennefiacre.jpgDonavan Brazier, photo by Etienne Fiacre

2 That the event took place. Stockholm pulled off what many others failed to do - hold a Diamond League with pretty batch a full program. The media support was superb; it was almost as if I was there. I'm sure Donovan Brazier spoke for many when he said he felt safe.

©Alizée_PALOMBA-DUPLANTIS03.jpgMondo Duplantis, photo by Alizee Palomba

3 Simultaneous men's and women's pole vault. Holly Bradshaw said that vaulting side by side with the men was definitely a highlight. I've seen this once before at an indoor event in France. Holly won the women's event and Mondo inevitably won the men's - and with a leap of 6.01m. A big shout out to Mrs. Duplantis, who had driven with her son's poles on the car roof from Sweden to Monaco and back to Stockholm so that he didn't have to trust his poles to a flight. I have heard that she setting off next week to drive to Tokyo for the Olympics.

War1.jpgKarston Warholm, 2020 Bauhaus Galan, photo by Chris Cooper

4 To win one Diamond League event is impressive; to win two seems greedy. Karsten Warholm won the 400m hurdles at 2.50pm. He stumbled a little at the final hurdle meaning that his time was only 46.87 (just a PR, a European record, a Meeting record, a World Lead and a Diamond League Record). At 4.37pm he decided that he had rested enough and needed to get active again, running and winning the 400m flat in 45.05.

brazier©etiennefiacre.jpgDonavan Brazier, 2020 Monaco DL, photo by Etienne Fiacre

5 This is becoming boring but there was an 800m race and Donovan Brazier won it (1:43.76). Don't misunderstand me, Brazier doesn't always win. He was beaten in a Diamond League race in May last year.

DelP.jpgAjla Del Pointe, Bauhaus Galan 2020, photo by Chris Cooper

6 I confess that I didn't know a lot about Ajla Del Ponte at the beginning of this month. She won in Monaco and she won in Stockholm and in between she won in Poland. Now I know that there were no top Americans or Jamaicans in the races but y. ou can only beat those who are there and she did.

Stajl3 .jpgDaniel Stahl, 2020 Bauhuas Galan, photo by Chris Cooper

7 Every meet needs the local hero and Daniel Strahl won the discus with a throw of 69.17m.

Tim3.JPGTimothy Cheuiyot, 2020 Bauhaus Galan, photo by Chris Cooper

8 The meet finished with a cracking men's 1500 race, in which a world champion Timothy Cheruiyot (3:30.25) just held off Jakob Ingebrigtsen (3:30.74).

Adam.jpgAdam Gemili, 2020 Bauhaus Galan, photo by Chris Cooper

9 I was also impressed by Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie, Holly Bradshaw and Adam Gemili which are covered in other posts.

Muir3.jpgLaura Muir, 2020 Bauhaus Galan, photo by Chris Cooper

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