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Wanda Diamond League in Numbers

The Wanda Diamond League returned for its 13th season in 2022, taking place over 13 meetings from May to September.

Yet it proved to be anything but an inauspicious year as the series celebrated another thrilling summer of athletics action. Here’s a look back at the year in numbers.

Global series

Phileas Fogg may have made it around the world in 80 days, but the Wanda Diamond League had to settle for 118. Starting in Doha on May 13th, the series travelled to four different continents and 12 different countries as the biggest stars of world athletics battled it out for a place in the final. Among the stops were series stalwarts such as Monaco, Brussels and Oslo, but also a new addition in Silesia, which hosted the first ever Diamond League meeting on Polish soil.

It was also a truly global series in terms of participation. A total of 1084 athletes (555 male, 529 female) from 88 different countries took part in the Diamond League in 2022, almost 200 more than in the previous season. There were 146 winners of individual events, hailing from 48 different countries, while the 32 Diamond League Champions encompassed 21 different nationalities.

First-timers

Poland was not the only country to make a Diamond League debut in 2022. There were also several nations who picked up their first ever win and their first ever title in athletics’ most prestigious one-day series. Soufiane El Bakkali finally broke his Diamond Trophy duck to become the first Moroccan Diamond League Champion in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, winning four out of five meetings in the men’s 3000m steeplechase to take his first ever title.

Neeraj Chopra also made national history in the men’s javelin, becoming the first Indian to win a Diamond League meeting with victory in Lausanne and the first to win the Diamond Trophy with a win in Zurich a few weeks later. Slovenia also celebrated their first title as Kristjan Ceh stormed to a perfect record of five wins in five in the men’s discus, while Marileidy Paulino became the first ever Diamond League champion from the Dominican Republic in the women’s 400m.

Record breakers and pace setters

More than ever in 2022, the Wanda Diamond League proved itself to be the series where the world’s best set the standard for elite track and field. No less than 51 world leads were set on the circuit this year in 16 men’s and 14 women’s events.

There was also the usual flood of historic performances, with 55 new national records set by athletes from 29 different countries. These included Faith Kipyegon’s Kenyan record of 3:50.37 in the women’s 1500m in Monaco and Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s 3:46.46 Norwegian record on home soil in the men’s mile in Oslo.

Area records also fell like flies in 2022, as seven new marks were set across three different areas and five different disciplines. Highlights included Marie-Josée Ta Lou’s African record of 10.72 in the women’s 100m in Monaco and Tobi Amusan’s African record of 12.41 in the women’s 100m hurdles in Paris, a mark she later bettered with her world record at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

Many athletes also made series history, with a total of 10 Diamond League records broken in the course of 2022. Seven of them came in points-scoring events, including Joe Kovacs title-winning throw of 23.23m in the men’s shot put and Michael Norman’s staggering 43.60 in the men’s 400m in Eugene.

Click here to browse all Diamond League records and all-time Diamond League statistics

Source: diamondleague.com

Men’s European Athlete of the Year nominees announced

Have your say and vote now for your men’s European Athlete of the Year across social media!

A long-list of 10 athletes has been compiled by an expert panel based largely on performances achieved at the European Athletics Championships in Munich, World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade and the Diamond League finals in Zurich.

The social media vote accounts for one-quarter of the overall vote with the Member Federations vote, media vote and expert panel vote each accounting for one-quarter of the vote. You can cast your vote by retweeting the image of the athlete you wish to vote for on Twitter, by liking the image on Instagram or by liking or sharing on Facebook.

Voting closes across all channels on Friday 30 September and a shortlist of three athletes will be announced in each category in the week starting 3 October.

In alphabetical order, the 10 nominees are:

  1. Kristjan Ceh                 (SLO)
  2. Armand Duplantis      (SWE)
  3. Jakob Ingebrigtsen     (NOR)
  4. Lamont  Jacobs            (ITA)
  5. Kevin Mayer                (FRA)
  6. Wojciech Nowicki      (POL)
  7. Pedro Pichardo          (POR)
  8. Gianmarco Tamberi   (ITA)
  9. Miltiadis Tentoglou  (GRE)
  10. Jake Wightman           (GBR)
Source: european-athletics.com

Marcell Jacobs sets sights on 100m European title with a point to prove

At the time, few people would even have noticed Marcell Jacobs’ two previous European Championships appearances. In 2016, he finished 11th in the long jump; two years later he failed to progress from the 100 metres semi-finals.

That he lines up in Monday’s 100m heats as Olympic champion shows how much life has changed for the Italian over the past year: from an also-ran to the event’s biggest star.

Not since Linford Christie in 1992 has a 100m Olympic champion hailed from Europe. Three decades on, the world’s premier sprinter returns to the European stage with huge uncertainty over what the week might entail for him.

If Jacobs’ stratospheric, unexpected rise to the pinnacle of the sport last year was not eye-catching enough, his subsequent performances – or lack of – have added layer upon layer of intrigue to a man whose sudden emergence prompted raised eyebrows worldwide.

His triumph at last year’s Olympics, in a European record time of 9.80 sec, came just three months after he had broken the 10-second barrier for the first time.

History has not always looked kindly on athletes making huge strides in short periods, and questions were asked of Jacobs, 27, when it emerged that he was associated with a nutritionist, Giacomo Spazzini, who was implicated in a police investigation into the distribution of anabolic steroids in March 2021. Spazzini has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by an Italian court, while Jacobs told Telegraph Sport this year that he had “absolutely not” taken any illegal substances.

“I understand that people were surprised, but that’s because for most people my name came into their homes at the Olympics,” he added. “My victories represent extreme hard work – hard work that nobody saw, hard work that was blood, sweat, tears and injuries.”

Marcell Jacobs shocked the world with his Tokyo 100m triumph CREDIT: REUTERS

Having opted to end his season immediately after that Olympic breakthrough, he returned to action at the start of the year when beating America’s defending champion, Christian Coleman, to the world indoor title. There has been little sight of him since.

A virus laid him low at the start of the outdoor season, and he arrived at last month’s World Championships in Eugene having raced at just two Italian meetings all summer, withdrawing from multiple Diamond League appearances at short notice due to various physical problems. After advancing from the heats in a season’s-best 10.04 sec, he pulled out before the semi-finals, citing a muscular thigh injury.

“A painful choice,” he said. “I am a fighter and this is why I decided to be in Eugene. Now, in order not to compromise the rest of the season by risking a more serious injury, I have to postpone the challenge.”

A few weeks on, Jacobs’ coach, Paolo Camossi, is optimistic. “He’s running free, he’s having fun,” he said, on the eve of the European Championships in Munich. “If we are here it is because he is fine and can compete.

“Marcell is the Olympic gold medallist and he is here to win, but it is not a race to be taken lightly. Falling is almost always the way to become stronger. “I would do it all again. Maybe I would recommend a double mask to avoid the rotavirus caught in Italy [in May].”

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Six Olympic Champions In Monaco Diamond League

At least six reigning Olympic champions will take to the track at Stade Louis II when the Wanda Diamond League reaches its tenth stop of the 2022 season at Herculis Monaco on August 10th.

Just a few weeks after the World Athletics Championships in Oregon and four days after the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Silesia, the world’s best athletes will hit the Côte de’Azur for one of the last opportunities to pick up points in their bid to reach the Final in September.

Faith Kipyegon set a new national record and personal best at Herculis ahead of her Tokyo triumph last season. She will be out to claim her second Diamond League win of the season in the 1500m when she returns next month.

Gianmarco Tamberi, by contrast, has mixed memories of Monaco. His personal best of 2.39m there in 2016 was swiftly followed by a career-changing injury which saw him miss that summer’s Olympics. The Italian high jumper’s incredible road back to the top climaxed last year when he won a joint gold medal alongside Mutaz Essa Barshim in Tokyo. This year, he heads to Monaco as reigning Olympic and Diamond League champion.

In the 110m hurdles, Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment will be out to secure his place in the Diamond League final in his first appearance at Herculis since 2018. The reigning Olympic champion is only the fifth-fastest man in the world this year, but is on course for qualification following his early-season victory in Birmingham.

Katie Nageotte, meanwhile, is still waiting for her first Diamond League win of what has been a tough 2022 campaign so far. Currently sixth in the rankings, her second place finish behind compatriot Sandi Morris in Birmingham means she should still comfortably make the Final, but the Olympic women’s pole vault champion is still searching for the form which saw her soar to gold in Japan.

Greek long jump star Miltiadis Tentoglou has a clean sweep of Diamond League victories in 2022, having won at each of the three events in Rabat, Oslo and Stockholm. His victory in Monaco last year was a precursor to his Olympic triumph, and he could yet join a select group of athletes to win every single Diamond League meeting in a single season.

Women’s 3000m steeplechase champion Peruth Chemutai was one of the surprise packages of last year’s Olympics, and the Ugandan will be hoping to pick up her first ever Diamond League win in Monaco, a track which saw a world record in her discipline as recently as 2018.

Source: diamondleague.com

Marcell Jacobs to Light Up 100m In Oslo

Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs will be looking to get valuable Diamond League points on the board when he lines up in the 100m at Oslo’s Bislett Games on June 16th.

Jacobs, 27, is hoping to claim a first ever Diamond Trophy this year after stunning the world with a gold-medal winning European record of 9.80 at the Tokyo Games last summer.

The Italian remains in fine form, having charged to gold in the 60m at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade two months ago. One major title which still eludes him is the Diamond Trophy, but Jacobs looks set to launch a serious title charge this year, having already signed up to run in Oslo and at his home meeting in Rome.

In June, he will be the first 100m Olympic champion to compete at the Oslo Diamond League since Usain Bolt broke the meeting record there with 9.79 in 2012, famously crashing into a flower girl just after he crossed the finish line.

Source: diamondleague.com

One-Lap Wonders Miller-Uibo and Gardiner to Light Up Paris

Three-time Diamond League champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and compatriot Steven Gardiner will make up a brilliant Bahamian double bill in the men’s and women’s 400m at the seventh Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season in Paris on June 18th.

Miller-Uibo, who claimed the women’s 400m Diamond Trophy for three seasons in a row between 2017 and 2019, will be looking to pick up valuable points in Paris in her bid to regain the title this season.

The Olympic champion is also after a first world title this summer, and will be out to hit winning form when she heads to France just a few weeks ahead of the championships.

She will be up against Dominican athlete Marileidy Paulino, runner-up in Japan, as well as Amandine Brossier, semi-finalist at the Games and France’s top female athlete over the distance in 2021.

Fellow Bahamian Steven Gardiner, meanwhile, will be out to claim the seventh Diamond League win of his career when he lines up as favourite in the men’s 400m.

Already an Olympic and world champion, the 26-year-old is yet to get his hands on the Diamond Trophy, and last competed on the circuit in Monaco 2019, where he cruised to victory with an impressive 44.51.

Source: diamondleague.com

32 athletes to defend their Diamond League titles

Thirty-two athletes will be out to defend their Wanda Diamond League titles in 2022, as the world’s track-and-field finest prepare for another sparkling season in the sport’s most prestigious, season-long series.

No competition tests athletes’ consistency and quality quite like the Diamond League, with athletes needing to deliver at the highest level throughout the season as they bid for a place in the Final.

This year will once again see the series land in 14 different cities across the globe, covering 12 different countries and four different continents on the Road to Zurich.

Season launch: 13th May

The season launch returns to its traditional home in Doha, Qatar on 13th May, at an event which will include a men’s and women’s double bill in the 200m.

The series will then hit three more continents in the space of the next three weeks with Birmingham, Eugene and Rabat, in what could be a busy period for the middle and long-distance events in particular.

World Championships Dress Rehearsal: 28th May

All eyes will be on Eugene in particular, where the world’s best athletes have the chance to test out the venue for this summer’s World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

This year’s Prefontaine Classic is set to host male and female double-headers in the 100m and 1500m/Mile, and it will also see a return to home soil for men’s shot put Diamond League champion Ryan Crouser.

Shenzhen debut: 6th August

After a string of European meetings through June, the series returns after the World Championships with back-to-back meetings in China, including the very first edition of a new meeting in Shenzhen.

Season finale: 7th-8th September

After another return to Europe in the late summer, the athletes who have picked up enough points on the Road to the Final will head to Zurich in the first full week of September for a shot at the Diamond Trophy.

As in 2021, the final will take place across two days, with all 32 Diamond League champions to be crowned in a bumper season finale in Switzerland.

Click here to see the 2022 calendar in full.

Click here to see a full breakdown of which disciplines will take place at which meetings in 2022. 

Diamond League final three format changed

Controversial winner takes all final three format altered for 2022 Diamond League season

The much talked about ‘final three’ format, introduced by the Diamond League last year for horizontal jumps and throws, has been revised after criticism over what became a winner takes all event.

Last season, the athlete who jumped or threw the furthest didn’t necessarily win the competition. What decided the event was which athlete performed the best in the crucial final round; with the three athletes with the furthest distance jumped/thrown over five rounds qualifying for what was a ‘final’. The best score from the final round won the competition.

You could theoretically set a world record in an earlier round and still lose your event.

That’s all stopped ahead of the 2022 Diamond League season.

Now the best throw or jump over the whole competition will see the athlete win the event, with the highest ranked athletes going first from rounds one to three.

After round three, the order of the eight remaining athletes will be re-drawn with the best performing athletes throwing/jumping at the start of the next two rounds.

The three athletes with the best scores of the five rounds would still be the only ones qualifying for a final three but the main difference next year is that it’s not decisive to the overall outcome of the competition.

That means if an athlete theoretically set a world record in an earlier round and didn’t throw/jump the furthest in the final three round then they would still win the event.

Diamond League AG CEO, Petr Stastny said: “The Wanda Diamond League is a world-class premier one-day league. We are committed to using these fast-paced and exciting events to showcase the amazing talents of our athletes which means evolving and developing new ideas, formats and concepts to keep our existing fans engaged and encourage new fans to follow the sport.

“We are grateful to our athletes and meeting organisers for agreeing to trial the Final 3 this season which has seen an increase in attention for those events, which is the primary purpose of the Final 3. We promised a thorough feedback process and have held a series of discussions and meetings to review the format and explore other ideas to innovate around this concept.

“We are delighted to have found a revised format that all stakeholders in our one-day meetings support and will introduce it into the 2022 season.”

Commenting on the revised Final 3 format, Athletes’ Commission vice chair Dame Valerie Adams said: “When we discussed and agreed to trial the Final 3 Format this season we were apprehensive but understood why this concept was being considered.

“The Wanda Diamond League Board promised to consult with athletes and others at the end of the season, which they did and we have agreed on a revised format which we think will work better for athletes and fans. We would like to thank the board and the meeting organisers for keeping their word and listening to the athletes. We are looking forward to competing in the revised format in 2022.”

The Diamond League season begins on May 13 in Doha and crosses four continents before the finals take place on September 7-8 in Zurich.

Source: athleticsweekly.com

Ferdinard Omanyala targets Usain Bolt world record

Africa fastest man in 100m Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa has hinted that in one year’s time he will be targeting to lower Usain Bolt world record over the distance.

Omanyala broke the African record that had been set in July this year of 9:84 by South African Akani Simbine when he set a new record of 9.77 at the second edition of the Kip Keino Classic last Saturday (18) at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

While Speaking on Citizen TV with Jeff Koinange, Omanyala said that the record will not take him a year to break as his trends has been on gradual growth.

“The difference in time with bolts record time with what I ran at Kip is 0.19 now if you do the math am capable of running 9.56.” Omanyala said.

The 25- year-old also narrated how he wrote to be included in the Diamond League race but his request was turned down by one of the directors.

“There was a time I applied to run in the Diamond League but the email reply from one of the directors said they could not take me as he could not believe a Kenyan would run that fast”

The eighth fastest man on the planet is taking a three weeks rest before he begins his training for the busy new track season in March next year.

Athing Mu crushes 800m race American Record

United States Athing Mu crushed her own American record by winning the women’s 800 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

Two weeks after the Tokyo Games ended, a pair of Olympic medalists closed out their historic seasons with American records at Hayward Field.

The 19 year-old in crushed her own American record by winning the women’s 800 1:55.04, improving on the previous time of 1:55.21 which she set while winning the gold medal in Tokyo on August 3.

“I knew this was probably going to be a little tougher because [of] coming off the Olympic Games and running a personal best there. So, I wasn’t looking at time, I just wanted to come here and run with whoever is out there and just be competitive,” said Mu.

Athing Mu crushes 800m race American Record at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. PHOTO: Mathew Quine/ Diamond League

Because of her front-running style, the competition wasn’t a factor for Mu in her Diamond League debut.