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Jake Wightman Nominated for 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year

World 1500m champion Jake Wightman has been nominated for the 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award which takes place on Wednesday 21 December from 18:45.

The 28-year-old became a world champion for the very first time following a superb display in Oregon in July. His brave tactics saw him dominate the contest and leave the Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR) in his wake as he became Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s newest world champion.

It was the start of a successful summer for Wightman who returned to the track just a couple of weeks later to win 1500m bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

Competing for Scotland, Wightman once again moved to the front of the field with 250m, but a fast-finishing Ollie Hoare (AUS) and Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN) won gold and silver on the final sprint for the line, and Wightman earned the second Commonwealth bronze of his career.

Not content with two major medals in a season, Wightman stepped down to the 800m distance for the European Championships in August, and he came within a few milliseconds of claiming a second title of the year.

Mariano Garcia (ESP) just pipped him to gold in the final, however, Wightman captured the silver medal and completed his summer season with the full set of medals across the three majors of the year.

To add to his medal winning displays, Wightman set personal bests across the following distances: 800m, 1000m, 1500m, mile (track and road) and 3000m.

His 1500m time [3:29.23], set in that World Athletics Championships final, moved him to third on the UK all-time standings behind only Mo Farah and Josh Kerr. Meanwhile, on his way to winning at the Monaco Diamond League, he lowered his 1000m time to 2:13.88 which saw him move up to third on the UK all-time list behind Seb Coe and Steve Cram.

In one of his final races of the season, he also lowered the long-standing Scottish 800m record on his way to a win at the Brussels Diamond League – his third Wanda Diamond League win of the season. His time of 1:43.65 eclipsed Tom McKean’s mark set at Crystal Palace 33 years ago.

Voting opens during the show on Wednesday evening, and full details will be explained then. Wightman lines up against five other contenders; gymnast Jessica Gadirova, footballer Beth Mead, curling’s Eve Muirhead, cricketer Ben Stokes, snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan.

 

Source: britishathletics.org.uk

Wanda Diamond League Releases 2023 Diamond Disciplines

The Wanda Diamond League has released the full breakdown of which disciplines will be staged at which meetings in athletics’ premier one-day meeting series in 2023.

The world’s best athletes will hit the Wanda Diamond League circuit once again in 2023, battling it out across 15 meetings and 32 disciplines for the prestigious Diamond Trophy.

After the release of the 2023 calendar last week, fans can now find out which events will be staged at which meetings next season with the publication of the 2023 Diamond Disciplines.

Athletes will compete for points at 14 series meetings between May and September, with the most successful qualifying for the Wanda Diamond League Final in Eugene.

Each discipline will be staged at least four and up to eight times on the Road to the Final, giving athletes from across the globe enough opportunities to earn points.

The 14  series meetings will each take place in a two-hour TV world programme and will all stage at least 14 Diamond Disciplines.

At the end of the regular season, the athletes with the most points in each discipline will qualify for the final, which is being held on US soil for the first time in Diamond League history in 2023.

The season finale at Eugene’s Prefontaine Classic will be the only meeting to stage every single Diamond Discipline, with all 32 Wanda Diamond League champions to be crowned over the course of two days.

The full breakdown of which disciplines will take place at which meetings can be viewed here. 

The season calendar and the allocation of disciplines remain subject to change according to the global health situation in 2023.

A list of disciplines for each meeting will also be available under the ‘programme and results’ page on each individual meeting website.

As well as the Diamond Disciplines, each meeting will also be able to add non-point-scoring events to their programme. These additional disciplines will be published by the individual meetings in due course.
Source: diamondleague.com

Wanda Diamond League Breaks new Ground with 2023 Calendar

The 2023 Wanda Diamond League season will see Silesia return to the circuit and Eugene host the first ever series final held outside of Europe.

The Wanda Diamond League will break new ground in 2023, with a provisional calendar which includes 15 host cities across 12 countries and four continents.

The 14th edition of track and field’s premier one-day meeting series will be the biggest yet, and the first in which the final will be held in the USA.

Athletes will compete at 14 series meetings from May to September, with the most successful qualifying for the two-day Wanda Diamond League Final at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on September 16th and 17th.

This year’s Road to the Final will once again feature Silesia’s Kamila Skolimowska Memorial meeting, which has now joined the series for the next five years after featuring on a provisional basis in 2022 to compensate for the cancellation of both Chinese legs due to the pandemic.

The Road to the Final will burst out of the blocks at its traditional starting point in Doha, with the Qatari capital set to host the season launch for the 12th time since 2010 on May 5th.

After touching down on African soil at the Meeting International Mohammed VI in Rabat on May 28th, the series will then head to Europe in June and July. The world’s best athletes will head to Rome on June 2nd, Paris on June 9th, Oslo on June 15th, Lausanne on June 30th and Stockholm on July 2nd.

Silesia, which will be a full member meeting from 2023 until 2027, will host a Wanda Diamond League meeting for the second time in its history on July 16th. Following Herculis EBS Monaco on July 21st, the series will return to London after a three-year hiatus, with the London Diamond League to be held at the London Stadium for the first time since 2019.

Two Chinese meetings in Shanghai and Shenzhen will follow on July 29th and August 3rd before the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. The season will resume with Weltklasse Zurich on August 31st and the Allianz Memorial Van Damme meeting in Brussels on September 8th.

For the first time ever, the Wanda Diamond League Final will take place not in Zurich or Brussels, but on US soil at the Prefontaine Classic. Eugene will host the 2023 season finale, with all 32 Diamond League champions to be crowned across two days of elite athletics action on September 16th and 17th.

Further information on the allocation of disciplines will be released later in December, and the calendar remains subject to changes depending on the global health situation in 2023.

Click here to see the 2023 calendar in full.

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

Ferdinand Omanyala wins LG Sports Personality of the month Award

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has been named the LG SJAK Sports Personality of the month of August 2022.

The 26-year-old star athlete became the first ever Kenyan in 60 years to win the Commonwealth Games 100m title after blistering through the final on August 3.

He emulated Seraphino Antao who was the first and only Kenyan to win the 100m sprint at the Club games in 1962 back then when the race was 100 yards.

Omanyala clocked 10.02 seconds to restrict defending champion Akani Simbine from South Africa to second place in 10.13 sec.

Omanyala, who walked away with an LG Artificially Intelligent 8kg washing machine retailing at Ksh.105, 000, achieved the feat after winning gold in 100m during the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

To win the August gong, Omanyala beat a strong field of nominees among them rugby star Billy Odhiambo who racked up his 100th career try at the World Rugby Sevens in Los Angeles, 800m runner Mary Moraa who won Kenya’s fourth gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth, as well as Hellen Wawira who claimed bronze in the para-power lifting competition also in Birmingham.

1500m runner Faith Kipyegon was also in the list of nominees with the second fastest time in history, a World Lead and a Kenyan record with 3:50.37 on the fast Louis II track at the Herculis EBS in Monaco where the 11th leg of the Wanda Diamond League took place.

Other nominees included netball player Beatrice Bucho, Jackline Chepkoech for winning the 3000 Metres Steeplechase Gold at the Commonwealth Games, Faisal Aden of Equity basketball team and Faith Cherotich for winning the 3000m Steeplechase gold at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Pascual Guerrero Stadium.

Omanyala has won the award twice after his initial feat in September 2021 and hopes to break Angela Okutoyi’s record of three in the LG East Africa-sponsored award.

“It’s such a great feeling winning the award twice within a space of 12 months. My success in Birmingham will no doubt continue to inspire and encourage many Kenyans over and above paving the way for many other local sprinters to come through,” he said, adding: “I feel a lot motivated to keep improving my personal best of 9.77 seconds given that I have two gold medals and an Africa record.”

Maureen Kemunto, Corporate Marketing and communication manager LG East Africa on her part said: “LG has been actively supporting the identification and recognition of sporting talent in Kenya through a partnership with SJAK. The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional Kenyan sportsmen and women for their achievements across diverse disciplines each month and also to signify our commitment to contribute to the development of sport in the country.

SJAK President Chris Mbaisi, on his part, thanked LG for their continued support over the past eight years.

“With the monthly award, we are seeing a growing number of upcoming and talented sports personalities among them Angela Okutoyi who won the Wimbledon Open Junior category and won this award for a record three times. Rewarding sportsmen and women is an important step towards whipping up the enthusiasts of sports personalities across all disciplines.”

Jakob Ingebrigtsen beats Cheruiyot as he closes the season with a world lead

Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen ran a world leading time in the men’s 1500m race at the Zurich Diamond League Meeting which was the final stop on the Wanda Diamond League held on Thursday (08) in Zurich, Switzerland.

 The 21-year-old hasn’t shown any visible signs of fatigue from doubling up in the 1500m and 5000m at both the World Athletics Championships and the European Athletics Championships, lived to his expectations as he beat the Olympic silver medallist, Timothy Cheruiyot from Kenya as he eclipsed his world leading time of 3:29.02 which is his third sub-3:30 clocking of the year and the sixth of his career.  This made the Norwegian to lay his hands on his first Diamond Trophy

“I would have loved to get more races, but we are going to have to wait for next year. I will get a couple of weeks relaxing now, but I want to keep on working, and keep on training – it is tough mentally, training and sleeping, but definitely need to relax a bit,” said Ingebrigtsen.

Cheruiyot was forced to close his track season in second place in a time of 3:30.27 with Commonwealth Games 1500m champion, Oliver Hoare from Australia closing the podium three finishes in 3:30.59.

World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang came home in fourth in 3:31.36 with Stewart Mcsweyn from Australia finishing in fifth place in 3:31.34.

LEADING RESULTS

1500M MEN

  1. Jacob Ingebrigtsen    (NOR) 3:29.02
  2. Timothy Cheruiyot   (KEN) 3:30.27
  3. Oliver Hoare               (AUS) 3:30.59
  4. Abel Kipsang              (KEN) 3:31.36
  5. Stewart Mcsweyn       (AUS) 3:31.34

Where to watch Lausanne Diamond League live

The 2022 Lausanne Diamond League meeting will be streamed live on the organizer’s YouTube channel and broadcast live in a number of countries around the World.

More than 50 medalists and gold medal winners from the most recent World Championships in Oregon have been confirmed for the Wanda Diamond League.

 Top Live stream and TV channels:

  • Worldwide – YouTube
  • The United States – NBC Sports and Peacock
  • The United Kingdom
    – BBC Sports website (UK IP)
    – BBC iPlayer and BBC 3 (UK IP)
  • Canada – CBC (Canada IP)
  • Australia – Fox Sports
  • Caribbean Countries – Flow Sports
  • Norway – NRK 2 (Norway IP)
  • Sweden – C-More
  • Switzerland (SRF) (Swiss IP)
  • CT Sports – Czech Republic
  • Germany – Sky Deutschland
  • Kenya- Supersport
  • Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania -TV 3

Timothy Cheruiyot to battle Jake Wightman, Jakob Ingebrigstsen in Lausanne

Olympic silver medallist, Timothy Cheruiyot will be hoping to qualify for the final in the men’s 1500m at the 11th leg of the Wanda Diamond League that will be held on 26 August 2022 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 26 year-old who is the three-time champion, comes to this race with a personal best of 3:28.28 that he got at this event in 2019 where he took the honors.

Cheruiyot will fight for the honors alongside his two compatriots, the World Indoor bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang, the twelfth fastest athlete over the distance in the world kamar Etiang and the 2019 All-African Games Bronze medallist, Charles Cheboi.

Cheruiyot has been beaten by Kipsang severally this year including at the Doha Diamond League Meeting and the Kenyan trials to the World championships.

The Rongai Athletics Club based athlete will battle the recently crowned world 1,500m champion Jake Wightman and Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigstsen.

Wightman took the world title when he went under the 3:30 mark with a personal best of 3:29.23 beating the Norwegian to second in 3:29.47 with Cheruiyot finishing a distant sixth in 3:30.69.

Cheruiyot who is coached by Bernard Ouma of RAC was beaten to second place at the just concluded Commonwealth Games by Australian Oliver Hoare with Wightman finishing in third, will be looking to redeem himself as he chases this year’s Diamond League title which if he wins will be his fourth.

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

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.