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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

Eliud Kipchoge nominated for the World Athlete of the Year Award

Two times Olympic marathon champion, Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for the 2022 World Athlete of the Year Gala Award that will be held in December.

Kipchoge recently made history as the fastest man on earth after breaking his own world marathon record by thirty seconds.

The 37 year-old is the only other Kenyan male to win the award after the 800m world record holder David Rudisha winning it 2010.

Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco has also been added to the list, making it two male athletes from the Continent.

Below are the 2022 nominees for World Athlete of the Year

  1. Kristjan Ceh (Slovakia)

– World discus champion

– Diamond League discus champion, throwing a national record 71.27m on the circuit in Birmingham

– European discus silver medallist

2. Alison dos Santos (Brazil)

– World 400m hurdles champion

– Diamond League 400m hurdles champion

– Ran a world-leading South American record of 46.29

3. Mondo Duplantis (Sweden)

– World pole vault champion indoors and outdoors

– Diamond League and European pole vault champion

– Improved his world record to 6.19m and 6.20m indoors, and then 6.21m outdoors

4. Soufiane El Bakkali (Morocco)

– World 3000m steeplechase champion

– Diamond League 3000m steeplechase champion

– Unbeaten in 2022, running a world-leading 7:58.28 in Rabat

5. Grant Holloway (USA)

– World 110m hurdles champion

– World indoor 60m hurdles champion

– Diamond League 110m hurdles champion

6. Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway)

– World 5000m champion, world 1500m silver medallist indoors and outdoors

– European 1500m and 5000m champion

– Diamond League 1500m champion in a world-leading 3:29.02

7. Eliud Kipchoge, (Kenya)

– Improved his world marathon record to 2:01:09

– Berlin Marathon champion

– Tokyo Marathon champion

8. Noah Lyles (USA)

– World 200m champion

– Diamond League 200m champion

– Ran a world-leading national record of 19.31 to move to third on the world all-time list

9. Anderson Peters (Grenada)

– World javelin champion

– Commonwealth javelin silver medallist

– Threw a world-leading NACAC record of 93.07m, moving to fifth on the world all-time list

10. Pedro Pichardo (Portugal)

– World triple jump champion with a world-leading leap of 17.95m

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Monday 31 October. At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

The winners will be revealed on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December.

Further information about the World Athletics Awards 2022 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Soufiane El Bakkali runs world leading time then collapses

Olympics 3,000m steeplechase champion Soufiane El Bakkali ran a in a meeting record and world leading time at the Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athletisme held on Sunday (5) in Rabat, Morocco.

El Bakhali who ended Kenya’s 25 years run of success in steeplechase in Tokyo, was at it again as he defeated for the first time the two time World champion Conseslus Kipruto as he also went ahead to once more defeat Olympic silver medallist Lamecha Girma from Ethiopia.

The 26 year-old took control of the race as he marked his strongest opponent at the moment as they chased each other with El Bakhali hitting the front down the back straight and during a pulsating final lap as he dipped under the exclusive club for the second time as he crushed the race meet record and running a world time of 7:58.28 and collapsed on the track in delight.

The 2019 World silver medallist and Ethiopian National record holder over the distance was forced to settle in second as he also ran the sub eight for the second time in 7:59.24 with his compatriot Hailemariyam Tegegn, who had kept in touch with the two leaders until the final lap, finishing in third place in a personal best of 8:06.29.

The 2016 Olympic champion Kipruto made a point on his comeback from injury as he finished in fourth place in 8:12.47, with Avinash Mukund Sable finishing fifth with an India National Record of 8:12.48.

Reigning Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase bronze medallist, Benjamin Kigen and Africa junior 3,000m steeplechase champion Abraham Kibiwott finished in a disappointing eighth and ninth place in a time of 8:17.32 and 8:18.78 respectively.

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

Benjamin Kigen beats Olympic champion in Zurich

The Tokyo 2020 3000m steeplechase bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen was in great shape when he pulled an expected kick to lift the Diamond League trophy for the first time at the Wanda Diamond League series that were held on Thursday (9) night in Zurich.

The Africa 3,000m steeplechase champion who led a Kenya’s podium sweep at the Paris Diamond lived to his hyped expectations as he defeated the Olympic champion Soufiane EL Bakkali who missed out on a first career Diamond Trophy.

Kigen, 28, pulled away from the Moroccon almost at the finish line to claim victory in 8:17.45. EL Bakkali had no option but to settle in second place in 8:17.70.

Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Abraham Kibiwot came home in third in 8:18.16.

Another Kenyan, Leonard Kipkemoi Bett who finished in second place in Paris managed to cross the line in fourth in 8:20.20 with Getnet Wale from Ethiopian finishing in fifth in 8:21.11

Benjamin Kigen to battle Soufiane EL Bakkali and Lamecha Girma in Zürich

Fresh from winning the 3,000m steeplechase bronze medal at the concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Benjamin Kigen will be lining up at the Zurich Diamond League on Thursday (9).

The Africa 3,000m steeplechase champion led Kenya’s podium sweep at the Paris Diamond League almost two weeks ago lines up in search of water and barriers points.

The 28 year-old ran with a world lead at the Paris meeting with 8.07.12 will square it out with the Tokyo Olympic champion Soufiane EL Bakkali who has a season best of 8:08.54 which is the fourth fastest time on paper in this race.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and World silver medallist Lamecha Girma has also been rolled in to battle for the finals. Girma pushed Rio gold medallist to the wire at the World champion and he is a man on the mission as his pace and motion dictates as he always tackles the barriers. The Ethiopian has the second fastest time behind Kigen in this race and he is a man to watch.

Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Abraham Kibiwot, who was second behind Kigen in Paris will be fighting for a podium slot with his 8:07.75 which is the third fastest time.

Ethiopia will be represented by Tadese Takele and Getnet Wale both coming with a season best of 8:09.37 and 8:09.47 respectively.

Another Kenyan Leonard Kipkemoi Bett who took bronze in Paris is also in the list as well as Mohamed Tindouft from Morocco who has a SB of 8:11.65.

Others who have been included are Ahmed Abdelwahed (8:12.04) from Italy, United States Hillary Bor (8:14.69) and Kenya’s Wilberforce Chemiat Kones (8:21.42).

LEADING TIME

3000m STEEPLECAHSE

  1. Benjamin Kigen          (KEN) 8:07.12
  2. Lamecha Girma          (ETH) 8:07.75
  3. Abraham Kibiwott      (KEN) 8:07.81
  4. Soufiane EL Bakkali   (MOR) 8:08.54
  5. Tadese Takele             (ETH)8:09.37
  6. Getnet Wale                (ETH) 8:09.47
  7. Leonard i Bett             (KEN) 8:10.21
  8. Mohamed Tindouft    (MOR) 8:11.65
  9. Ahmed Abdelwahed   (ITL) 8:12.04
  10. Hillary Bor                   (USA) 8:14.69
  11. Wilberforce Kones     (KEN) 8:21.42

 

Tadese Worku beats Soufiane El-Bakkali at World Continental Tour

World Athletics U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku continued with his great shape in the 3000m at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that was held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.

Worku piped 3000m steeplechase gold medallist Soufiane El-Bakkali from Morocco who could not match the kicks of the young teenager.

The Ethiopian sensation took the race title when he crossed the line in a new Meet Record of 7:36.47 with El-Bakkali coming home in second in 7:37.18.

The 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games champion, Mohammed Tindouft closed the first three podium finishes in a new personal best of 7:38.92.

Ethiopia’s Haftu Teklu and Elzan Bibic from Serbia took fourth and fifth place in 7:39.62 (pb) and 7:39.95 respectively.

Kenya’s Mark Lomuket finished in a distant ninth place in 8:01.11.

LEADING RESULTS
3000m MEN

  1. Tadese Worku                 (ETH) 7:36.47 MR
  2. Soufiane El-Bakkali       (MOR) 7:37.18
  3. Mohammed Tindoufti  (MOR) 7:38.92 PB
  4. Haftu Teklu                     (ETH) 7:39.62   PB
  5. Elzan Bibic                      (SER)  7:39.95

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.

Benjamin Kigen runs world lead as Conseslus Kipruto falters in Paris

The battle between the former and current Olympic champions never happened as the two bowed out of the race at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that was held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.

The 2020 Tokyo champion, Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco was the first to bow out as he collided to the first barrier forcing him to pull out while Conseslus Kipruto pulled out in the third round of the race.

The race had its uniqueness as Tokyo bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen led 1-2-3.

The 2019 African games gold medallist started pulling away from the group at the bell and continued to increase his momentum creating a gap at the last 20m to cross the line with one of his finest kick clocking a world lead time of 8.07.12.

The 28 year-old was followed by the 2015 African Junior Athletics Championships gold medallist Abraham Kibiwot who crossed the line in 8:09.35 with Leonard Kipkemoi Bett closing the podium three finishes in 8:10.21.

Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale finished in fourth place  in 8:13.31 while Hillary Bor from the United States finished a distant ninth in 8:21.02.

LEADING RESULTS

3000m Steeplechase Men

  1. Benjamin Kigen  (KEN) 8:07.12
  2. Abraham Kibiwot (KEN) 8:09.35
  3. Leonard Bett (KEN) 8:10.21
  4. Getnet Wale (ETH) 8:13.31
  5. Matthew Hughes (CAN) 8:13.77

Battle of the Titans in Paris as Conseslus Kipruto faces Soufiane El Bakkali

World 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto will square it out with the Tokyo Olympic champion, Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.

El Bakkali, who in Tokyo became the first non-Kenyan to win the men’s Olympic 3000m steeplechase title since Poland’s Bronislaw Malinowski at the 1980 Moscow Games – which Kenya boycotted – will be favourite on paper to record another victory in Paris.

The Moroccan will have to battle with his most fierce opponent the Rio 2016 Games gold medallist and double world champion Kipruto, who dropped out of the Kenyan Olympic trials after two laps following an injury that has been toll on him.

Despite Kipruto’s outstanding success in major championships, El Bakkali is the fastest runner in the field with a best of 7:58.15. Kipruto, surprisingly, has never bettered 8 minutes, with a best of 8:00.12.

Lamecha Girma will be the Ethiopia’s hope as he carries his personal best of 8:01.36 that he got at the 2019 World Athletics Championships, where he won the silver medal and set the new Ethiopian national record.