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Mercy Cherono to battle Francine Niyonsaba in Oslo

The 2013 World silver medallist, Mercy Cherono has been lined up against a star studded field at the sixth Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season in Oslo on Thursday.

The 31 year-old who is also the 2014 commonwealth Games champion will battle for honors with the Diamond League title holder and the inform Francine Niyonsaba, who was the first athlete to be identified as having DSD to officially break a world record when clocking 5:21.26 for 2000m to take over two seconds from the former mark. Niyosaba comes to this race carrying the season opener title from Doha.

The back to back winners in Birmingham and Eugene, Dayit Seyaum and Ejgayehu Taye from Ethiopia have also been lined up to face Cherono.

Cherono who made her statement known in Rabat after picking up her first Diamond League victory since 2015, will have an uphill task as she will also face the Tokyo bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay, the 2018 European silver medallist and the Scottish record holder Eilish McColgan and the 2016 European 10,000m bronze medllist, Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal, who will also be running on home soil.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen Eyes Mile Glory in Oslo

Jakob Ingebrigtsen will be out to deliver for the home crowd when he lines up in a stellar men’s mile field at the sixth Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season in Oslo on June 16th.

Ingebrigtsen will take on the likes of Spain’s Mohammed Katir, Australia’s Stewart McSweyn and Kenya’s Abel Kipsang in the showpiece event at Oslo’s Bislett Games.

Though there is a long tradition of world class milers shining in Oslo, none of the Ingebrigtsen brothers have ever won the event at their home stadium. As reigning Olympic and European champion in the men’s 1500m, Ingebrigtsen is best placed to change that this month.

HIs older brother Henrik, meanwhile, is set to compete in a strong men’s 5000m field against the likes of Getnet Wale, Jacob Kiplimo and 1500m world indoor champion Samuel Tefera.

The women’s 5000m also promises fireworks, as reigning Diamond League champion Francine Niyonsaba takes on Britain’s Eilish McColgan, Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen and home hero Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal.

Source: diamondleague.com

Where to watch the Doha Diamond League

The meeting will be streamed in a number of territories on the Wanda Diamond League YouTube page from 18.00 local time (GMT +3)

The livestream will NOT be available in all territories.

To find out where the meeting may be broadcast in your country, check the list below. If your country does not appear on the list, please check local listings. The list is subject to change, and some broadcasters may only show highlights coverage, while others will show the meeting live. Please check your local listings to find out more information.

Territories Broadcaster
Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Reunion, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Socotra, South Africa, St. Helena and Ascension, Swaziland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Mayotte, Morocco, Saint Helena, Somalia, Togo, Tunisia, Western Sahara Supersport (English) / Canal+ (French)
Argentina TeleRed
Australia Fox Sports
Baltics: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania TV3 (SIA)
Balkans: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia Sportklub
Belgium VRT
Brazil Globo / Newco – Band Sport
Bulgaria A1 – Sport Max
Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba), Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands Flow Sports
China CCTV
Czech Republic Ceska Televize
Denmark NENT
Finland MTV
France / Monaco Sportall / L’Equipe
Germany Sky Deutschland
Greece / Cyprus TAF / ERT
India Viacom 18
Israel Charlton
Italy and the Vatican City Sky / Rai
Hungary MTVA
Macau TDM
Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic Sky Mexico
Netherlands Ziggo Sports / NOS
New Zealand Spark
Norway NRK
Poland Polsat
Portugal Sport TV Portugal
Singapore Starhub
South Korea KBS
Slovakia RTV
Spain Movistar
Sweden C More-TV4 / SVT
Switzerland SRG
Thailand Cineplex / Mono
Turkey Ssport
United Kingdom, Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man- audio BBC Service overseas BBC
Ukraine Sentana
USA NBC Sports
Vietnam SCTV
Bhutan, Bolivia, Chile, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Venezuela Wanda Diamond League YouTube / Facebook

Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Timothy Cheruiyot resume rivalry In Eugene

Reigning Wanda Diamond League champion Timothy Cheruiyot and Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen will resume their rivalry in the men’s 1500m when they go head to head in the prestigious Bowerman Mile at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 28th.

Cheruiyot claimed his fourth career Diamond Trophy when he edged out Ingebrigtsen in the final in Zurich last year, just weeks after the Norwegian had beaten him to the gold medal in Tokyo.

Ingebrigtsen, 21, already has a rich history of success in the Bowerman Mile. At the 2017 Pre Classic Ingebrigtsen became the youngest to ever break the four minute barrier, running 3:58.07 at the age of 16. One year later he would lower his time to 3:52.28 and come back again in 2019 with a 3:51.30. In last year’s race, Ingebrigtsen captured his first Bowerman Mile victory, running the fastest time ever on U.S. soil, 3:47.24. After breaking the Olympic record in Tokyo last summer and taking down the indoor 1500 meter world record earlier this year, it’s clear the Norwegian is ready to cement himself further in the record books.

The budding rivalry between Ingebrigtsen and Cheruiyot will add another chapter at the Pre Classic in 2022. After winning the Bowerman Mile and claiming gold at the World Championships in 2019, Cheruiyot took silver at the Olympic Games last year. He would ultimately bounce back to beat the Norwegian in Zurich.

The third Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season will also feature a strong field in the men’s 5000m, with Canada’s Olympic silver medallist Mo Ahmed taking on home hero Paul Chelimo and 2018 Diamond League champion Selemon Barega of Ethiopia.

Source: diamondleague.com

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

Marcell Jacobs to race In front of Home Crowd in Rome

Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs will be hoping for home advantage when he takes on reigning Wanda Diamond League champion Fred Kerley at the fifth meeting of the season in Rome on June 9th.

Jacobs became the first Italian sprinter ever to win 100m gold when he soared to a surprise victory with a European record of 9.80 in Tokyo last summer, and will no doubt be given a hero’s welcome when he hits the track at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Italian, who trains in Rome, will face formidable competition as he bids for his first ever win on the Diamond League circuit, with US stars Kerley and Trayvon Bromell joining him in the blocks.

Kerley, who won the 400m Diamond Trophy in 2019, is now the reigning champion over 100m, hitting form just at the right time last summer as he claimed victories in Brussels and the final in Zurich. Currently top of the world rankings, he claimed silver behind Jacobs in Tokyo with a PB of 9.84.

Bromell is looking to build on a strong season in 2021, in which he celebrated his first ever Diamond League win in Gateshead.

Source: diamondleague.com

Clash of Champions In Eugene 400m

Reigning Wanda Diamond League champion Michael Cherry will take on compatriot and 2019 winner Michael Norman in a clash of the champions in the men’s 400m at the third meeting of the season in Eugene on May 28th.

Cherry, who picked up wins in Brussels and Zurich on his way to a first career Diamond Trophy last season, secured a gold medal alongside Norman in the 4x400m relay at last year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Yet the two Americans will go head to head on home soil at the Prefontaine Classic, with Norman looking this year to win back the Diamond Trophy he lost to Cherry in 2021.

Norman won the 400m at the Prefontaine Classic in Stanford on his way to the title in 2019 and will be hoping to recreate that performance at Hayward Field in May. Since becoming a professional in 2019, he has lowered his 400m personal best to 43.45, the fourth fastest time ever run, and has represented Team USA at the World Athletics Championships in Doha and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. After winning the Olympic Trials last summer, he would go on to finish fifth in Olympic 400m finals and be a part of the gold-medal men’s 4x400m relay team. Heading into the Pre Classic this year, Norman might give Michael Johnson’s meet record of 43.92 a good scare.

Norman and Cherry will be joined by 400m specialist Kirani James. Originally from Gouyave, Grenada, James has medalled in every Olympic Games he has competed in. He won gold in London, silver in Rio, and bronze at last summer’s Toyko games. His lifetime best of 43.74 seconds is eleventh on the all-time list. James has also won the Pre Classic 400m three times in his career; 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Also competing are Americans Vernon Norwood, Will London, and Bryce Deadmon, who have all been a part of a U.S. relay team at either the World Championships in Doha (London, Norwood) or the Olympics in Tokyo (Norwood, Deadmon). Jereem Richards, the World Indoor Championship gold medalist from Belgrade, rounds out the field.

There is an equally scintillating line-up in the men’s 400m hurdles, with Olympic silver and bronze medallists Rai Benjamin and Alison Dos Santos heading a field which includes six national record holders.

The line-up will also feature Tokyo Olympic finalists Kyron McMaster (4th), Abderrahman Samba (5th), Yasmani Copello (6th), Rasmus Magi (7th), and Alessandro Sibilio (8th). McMaster, Copello and Magi all broke their national records in the Olympic finals last year, with Samba, the Qatari national record holder, still running a season’s best in the race. Rounding out the lineup are Olympic semi-finalist Kenny Selmon and the World Indoor 400m bronze medallist Carl Bengtström.

Source: diamondleague.com

Berihu Aregawi – fast times on the track, but slow and steady approach off it

The Kidane Mihret Church in the Kotobe neighbourhood in Addis Ababa is busy most afternoons. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in the area often come to pray or give money and food to homeless who congregate around the church’s gates. Many wear gabi – a traditional white homemade cotton cloth – draped over their heads and shoulders.

Nearly every afternoon Berihu Aregawi can be seen walking, often in his orange and blue tracksuit, to his afternoon training session.

Kidane Mihret sits neatly at an important crossroads to get to the Yeka Forest in Addis Ababa, a small runner’s oasis reachable by a quick 15-minute walk from a bustling neighbourhood. Between 4-6pm dozens of Ethiopian athletes go to the forest to do their famous zig-zag jogs through eucalyptus trees, a tradition that’s well sedimented in the soil, with clearly-trodden paths.

Over the course of the past eight years, Aregawi has seldom missed one of these sessions. He made this daily journey long before he followed up a fourth-place finish at the Olympics with a Wanda Diamond League victory in Zurich in 2021. It was true leading up to his world 5km record on the final day of 2021 when he ran 12:49 in Barcelona. It was true before running his world indoor lead of 7:26.20 over 3000m in Karlsruhe. And it will continue to be true as the 20-year-old prepares for the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22, and competitions moving forward.

Berihu Aregawi wins the 5000m at the Wanda Diamond League final in Zurich (© Matt Quine)

Many Ethiopian athletes pursue long distance running to change their lives, and as soon as they come into some money, they start making investments to accrue more wealth and status. Aregawi is in no rush to do so.

“Not yet, not yet,” he commonly refrains, when asked about buying a home, a car, or even a television. “I don’t do much outside of training besides resting, but I do like to watch training videos and running content on YouTube.”

Aregawi uses his phone and has been inspired, amid a lot of running content, by the well-known Spartan lifestyle Eliud Kipchoge has become famous for. He’s watched many of the short documentaries where understanding English is not a prerequisite for getting a sense of the humility that some of the world’s top athletes share.

He also studies racing tactics by his Ethiopian role models, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebreselassie, and, notably, Hagos Gebrhiwet. Like Aregawi, Gebrhiwet is also from the Tigray region of Ethiopia – the northern most state in Ethiopia that has been embroiled in a civil war since November 2020. Aregawi grew up with five younger sisters and one younger brother in the countryside and began running in local competitions, much to the chagrin of his father, who viewed the pursuit as too risky of an endeavour. Sceptical of the athletic profession, Aregawi’s father wanted him to take a more traditional path and ensure he could help to take care of the family. But once he was offered a club position in Addis, his father’s mind gradually changed.

Berihu Aregawi and Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Lausanne (© Matt Quine)

“When I was starting out I really wanted to be like Hagos,” Aregawi said, “He was really the first from my region and it’s easier to identify with someone that comes from the same place you come from.”

Not too long later, he became Gebrhiwet’s training partner, “Training with Hagos on the national team has given me big steps in my training. He’s also been a really good friend to me, and always offered me help when I have adversity.”

After training for two years in Addis Ababa, Aregawi was selected for his first national team in 2018, when he competed at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Aregawi finished third in the 10,000m, behind Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya and Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda.

“To represent Ethiopia for the first time and come in third was a really big deal,” he remembers of his first international trip. Finland in July could not have been more different to Ethiopia at that time of year. Ethiopia’s geographical position means the sun rises and sets at about the same time throughout the year, and July and August are characterised by heavy, sometimes torrential, rains. Mid-July in Tampere, by contrast, was sunny, temperate, and had only a few hours of darkness each day.

After his first podium finish in Tampere, Aregawi signed his first contract and returned to Ethiopia with the goal of representing the country at the Olympics. His incremental improvement has evidently been working, but until this past year, his progression has been overshadowed by some of his Olympic teammates, like Selemon Barega, who won the Olympic 10,000m title.

While many Olympians began to tire on the Wanda Diamond League circuit, Aregawi appeared to gain steam, culminating in a victory at the final 5000m held for the first time on the track built around Zurich’s city centre.

Since winning the Diamond League title, Aregawi has made some more changes relating to his training, returning to regular training with his club, Ethiopia Electric, and coach Melaku. His training partners are not big names, yet, but he’s enjoying working with Solomon Berihu and Haftam Abadi, two of several members of his club. Other changes in lifestyle can remain on the backburner.

“It’s important to stay humble and patient,” Aregawi said. “I don’t want to rush into the next stage of life because I still have big goals I haven’t accomplished.”

Berihu Aregawi breaks the world 5km record in Barcelona (© Xavi Ballart)

The changes appeared to have worked. In November, he thought he broke Joshua Cheptegei’s world 5km record when it appeared he finished under 12:50 in Lille, France, but the official results showed 12:52. One month later, on New Year’s Eve, he ran 12:49 in Barcelona to claim the record alongside Ejegayehu Taye, another Ethiopian rising distance talent.

Then, in January 2022, Aregawi claimed the world’s top indoor time over 3000m in Karlsruhe, Germany, running the second half of his race completely alone. His time of 7:26.20 puts him fifth on the world indoor all-time list and gives him the top time heading into the World Indoor Championships.

Due to the conflict in Tigray, Aregawi has had minimal conflict with his family members over the past two years. With phone and internet mostly disabled in Tigray, Aregawi has been running, and excelling, looking forward to a time when he can share his success his family.

Until then, when asked about lavish celebrations, Aregawi’s response is one of caution and gradualness. “Not yet, not yet,” he continues to say – an odd refrain beckoning for slowness from one of the world’s fastest runners.

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. 

Shenzhen Confirmed as the New Wanda Diamond League Meeting

We are delighted that following the title sponsorship agreement with Wanda Sports Group in 2019 we are today able to confirm Shenzhen as the second Chinese meeting to become part of athletics’ premier one-day meeting tour, joining Shanghai which has been part of the Wanda Diamond League since 2010.

As announced by the meeting organisers on Tuesday, the new meeting will take place on 6th August at the 40,000-capacity Bao’an Stadium, as the world’s best athletes return to Wanda Diamond League action after the World Athletics Championships in July.

The Shenzhen meeting organising committee will be led by experienced athletics 1-day meeting director, Norwegian Rune Stenersen – former CEO of the Oslo Diamond League meeting – and the men’s 100m will be the headline event, raising the prospect of Chinese sprint star Su Bingtian going head to head with international rivals on home soil.

Line-ups for all events will be announced in due course, and the full allocation of disciplines at all meetings will be announced on December 21st.