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Shanghai and Shenzhen struck off Diamond League Meetings

The 2022 Wanda Diamond League season calendar has been restructured to ensure fair and transparent competition as two meetings in China are now unable to go ahead as scheduled.

Due to travel restrictions and strict quarantine requirements currently in place for entry into China, the mid-season meetings in Shanghai and Shenzhen will not take place in 2022.

The Wanda Diamond League looks forward to hosting events in China again from 2023 onwards. In the meantime, the series’ priority is to ensure that all athletes are given a fair chance of qualifying for the Wanda Diamond League Final in Zurich on September 7-8th.

The 2022 Wanda Diamond League will still take place as a full, structured series in which athletes compete for points at meetings throughout the season. Those who earn enough points earn a place in the final in Zurich, where they have the chance to be crowned Wanda Diamond League champion in their chosen discipline.

Each discipline must be staged at least four times on the Road to the Final to ensure athletes are given enough chances to earn points.To ensure that remains the case, certain disciplines which were due to go ahead in Shenzhen and mainly Shanghai have now been reallocated to the Silesia Region in Poland which has staged a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting in the past. Details will be published in the next days.

This year’s edition of Kamila Skolimowska Memorial will comply with all Wanda Diamond League (WDL) requirements to ensure equal conditions for the athletes striving to qualify for the WDL Final in Zurich and to deliver an athletics event of highest quality.

Source: diamondleague.com

New York and Bermuda added to 2022 Continental Tour Gold

World Athletics has added to more locations to this year’s Continental Tour calendar alongside more traditional events in Hengelo, Székesfehérvár and Ostrava.

The WA has moved out of the established European meets to New York and Bermuda which been added to the Continental Tour Gold for 2022.

This year’s calendar will see 12 different Gold events  that will start in Bermuda on May 9 and end in Zagreb on September 11.

Seven of the Gold events will take place in Europe, three will be in North America and the Caribbean and one each in Africa (Kenya) and Asia.

The two world records were set last year one by Sifan Hassan in the 10,000m at FBK Games in Hengelo on June 6 and the other one by Francine Niyonsaba in September 14 in 2000m in Zagreb.

Double Olympic and world champion Hassan erased the Olympic and double world champion Almaz Ayana’s time of 29:17.45 that the Ethiopian had set in 2016 at the Rio games.

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey bettered Hassan’s mark two days later with a world record time of 29:01.03 on the same track

Full Continental Tour Gold Tour 2022

MONTH             VENUE COUNTRY
April 9 USATF Bermuda Games Devonshire, Bermuda
April 16 Golden Games Mt SAC, USA
May 7 Kip Keino Classic Nairobi, Kenya
May 8 Seiko Golden Grand Prix Tokyo, Japan
May 31 Ostrava Golden Spike Ostrava, Czech Republic
June 3 Irena Szewinska Memorial Bydgoszcz, Poland
June 6 FBK Games Hengelo, Netherlands
June 12 New York Grand Prix New York, USA
June 14 Paavo Nurmi Games Turku, Finland
August 8 Gyulai Istvan Memorial Szekesfehervar, Hungary
September 4 Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Silesia, poland
September 11 Memorial Borisa Hanzekovica Zagreb, Croasia

Tadese Worku to face off with Weldon Langat at 10k Valencia Ibercaja

World U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku from Ethiopia will battle for the top honors at the 10k Valencia Ibercaja that will be held on Sunday (3) in Paseo de la Alameda, Valencia.

Worku comes to this race with the second fastest time this year of 26:56 that he got at the Adizero Road to Records and will be yearning for the glory after finishing second behind Rhonex Kipruto the world 10km record holder.

The Ethiopian teenager will not have an easy race as he has been named alongside Kenyan Olympian in 5000m, Weldon Kipkirui Langat who also comes with the personal best of 27:40 that he got at the same race as Worku.

Worku has had a good season as he also piped Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Soufiane El-Bakkali from Morocco  in the 3000m race at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting

The two have been lined up against Collins Kipkorir Koros who also carries a pb of 27:27 that he got when he finished sixth at the Adizero Road to Records.

Others include Spain’s Juan Antonio Chiki, Ronald Kiprotich from Kenya and Uganda’s Maxwell Kortek Rotich

Mary Moraa ready for Kip Keino Classic

World Under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa has set her focus for the 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour meeting that will be held on 18th September at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

Dubbed KipKeino Classic, the encounter will see top world track athletes converge at the facility to mark the end of the track and field season.

Moraa, who made her debut in Diamond League at Brussels meeting, said she is gaining confidence in the two lap race.

The Olympic Games 800m semi-finalists will be hoping to win at the KipKeino classic to add on her Palio Citta della Quercia in Rovereto title won late last month.

She said that after turning to 800m from her well established 400m, she has not gained enough experience but slowly, she will be on course for better results.

“It was a good experience competing in Diamond Leagues and because I have not gained much experience in the series I have hope of doing well in future,” said Moraa.

At the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, the World Athletics Continental Tour in Silesia, Poland, Moraa competed in 1,000m away from her usual 800m where she finished 10th position timing 2:39.47 in a race won by Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie in 2:35.47.

“In Silesia, I was looking for endurance to compete well in 800m and that is why I had to run 1,000m in Poland. Next will be competing at home and I have to try my best,” added Moraa.

Emmanuel Korir makes the statement in Zurich

Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir made a statement in 800m men’s race at the finals of the Wanda Diamond League series that were held on Thursday (9) night in Zurich.

Korir proved himself when he cemented his name in the history books of the Diamond league as he lifted his second trophy in style beating the best of the best over the distance.

Korir had been beaten twice by Sudan born now Canadian Marco Arop at the Prefontaine Classic and Lausanne Diamond League but he turned the tables in Zurich when he gave a powerful kick with 60 metres to go to pass Ferguson Rotich who had taken the lead earlier to cross the line in 1:44.56.

Tokyo silver medallist, Rotich superlative performance at the Brussels Diamond League, was forced to settle in second place in a time of 1:44.96.

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games bronze medallist, Clayton Murphy from the United States came home in third place in 1:45.21.

The 2019 Pan American Games gold medallist, Arop crossed the line in fourth in 1:45.23 with the limping Wycliff Kinyamal who had set a meet record a forth night ago at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial finishing last in 1:46.52

Michael saruni to face stiff challenge at World Continental Tour

Former world record holder for the indoor 600m champion Michael Saruni face off with Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Patryk Dobek from Poland at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that will be held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.

Saruni who is Coached by the 1988 Seoul Olympics 800m gold medalist Paul Ereng, will be looking out to redeem himself after faltering at Tokyo.

Dobek is the current European Indoor 800m Champion and he must be at his best to take victory in front of his home crowd.

Others in the start lineup include, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Amel Tuka, USA’s Clayton Murphy and British trio Daniel Rowden, Elliot Giles and Jake Wightman.

Selemon Barega to battle Soufiane El Bakkali at World Continental Tour

Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega will battle for honors with Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco in the 3000m race at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that will be held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.

Barega who was beaten last week in Lausanne Diamond League by the Olympic 1500m champion Jacob Ingebrigtsen will come face to face with the Tokyo 3000m steeplechase champion El Bakkali, who in his last engagement at the Diamond league meet got injured when he hit the first water barrier.

The 25 year-old ended Kenya’s rules over the water barrier race when he beat them at the just concluded Tokyo 2020.

The two will be squaring off over 3000m in a field that includes rising star Tadese Worku of Ethiopia, the world U20 champion, and Abel Kipsang from Kenya, who finished fourth in the Olympic 1500m final.