Thirty-one athletes who earned medals on the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 – together with 11 champions – will return to the Qatari capital on Friday (28) for the second Wanda Diamond League assembly of 2021.
Each scoring self-discipline on the programme contains at the very least one world medallist, whereas three of the disciplines – the ladies’s triple soar, pole vault and discus – boast the total complement of podium finishers from the 2019 World Championships.
All eyes will likely be on the triple soar after world champion Yulimar Rojas bounded out to a world-leading 15.43m on the World Athletics Continental Tour assembly in Andujar final week. Her leap is similar distance as her world indoor file and simply seven centimetres – which, when you’re studying this on a smartphone, is roughly the width of your machine – away from the long-standing world file.
The final time Rojas was in Doha, she received the world title with 15.37m. The Venezuelan will likely be reunited with the highest 5 finishers from that event, together with Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen, world silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts, Commonwealth champion Kimberly Williams, and 2011 world champion Olga Saladukha. USA’s Keturah Orji and Dominica’s Thea LaFond, each of whom have set nationwide data this 12 months, are additionally within the line-up.
The ladies’s pole vault is of a equally excessive customary and is actually a replay of the 2019 World Championships, that includes the highest eight finishers from that competitors.
World champion Anzhelika Sidorova returns to Diamond League motion for the primary time in virtually two years. She vaulted 4.90m through the indoor season however hasn’t competed since then.
World indoor champion Sandi Morris and 2019 Diamond League winner Katerina Stefanidi – each with season’s bests of 4.80m – are additionally slated to compete, however Katie Nageotte might begin because the slight favorite. The US vaulter not too long ago cleared a world-leading PB of 4.93m, transferring her up one place to equal fifth on the world all-time checklist.
All three world medallists within the girls’s discus – Yaime Perez, Denia Caballero and Sandra Perkovic – will likely be in motion on Friday. The presence of USA’s Valarie Allman means the line-up incorporates three girls with 70-metre-plus PBs.
Fraser-Pryce aiming for sub-11 territory
On her 100m season debut on the Wanda Diamond League opener in Gateshead, world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was hampered by the tough moist and windy circumstances, clocking 11.51.
Situations in Doha will likely be be much more conducive to quick occasions, so the Jamaican star is extra prone to be nearer to the Qatari all-comers’ mark of 10.71 she set when successful the 2019 world title than her efficiency in Gateshead final week.
World bronze medallist Marie Josee Ta Lou, Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, World Indoor Tour winner Javianne Oliver, European indoor champion Ajla del Ponte and USA’s Hannah Cunliffe add additional depth and high quality to the sector.
The lads’s 400m hurdles has been one of many hottest disciplines on the Wanda Diamond League circuit lately, and it makes its 2021 debut in Doha with world silver medallist Rai Benjamin lining up towards world bronze medallist Abderrahman Samba – half the members of the occasion’s sub-47-second membership.
Benjamin regarded extraordinarily comfy when racing to a world-leading 47.13 on the Continental Tour Gold assembly at Mt SAC earlier this month. Samba hasn’t contested a hurdles race for the reason that 2019 World Championships remaining, however a forty five.43 clocking on the flat in South Africa two months in the past reveals the Qatari hurdler is in good type.
Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands and Alison Dos Santos of Brazil, who recorded nationwide data of 47.50 and 47.68 respectively when ending behind Benjamin at Mt SAC, are additionally within the line-up.
Two of the best all-round sprinters in historical past will conflict at their specialist distance when Michael Norman takes on Fred Kerley over 400m.
Norman, the world chief in 2019 and 2018, is undefeated at 400m this 12 months. World bronze medallist Kerley, in the meantime, has impressed at a variety of distances, clocking a 100m PB of 9.91 and an indoor 400m better of 45.03.
The US duo’s head-to-head file presently stands at 3-3. Norman received two of their three clashes in 2019, however Kerley took the US title forward of Norman that 12 months with each males dipping inside 44 seconds.
It might not be only a two-man contest, both. 2011 world and 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James, recent from spectacular runs in Phoenix and Ostrava over the previous 5 weeks, will make his first Wanda Diamond League look since 2018. World silver medallist Anthony Zambrano, in the meantime, will make his Wanda Diamond League debut.
Kenny Bednarek’s streak of sub-20-second 200m performances got here to an finish in Gateshead. The US sprinter had posted occasions of 19.65 (wind-assisted), 19.94 and 19.93 in his first three races of the 12 months, however within the harsh circumstances finally weekend’s Wanda Diamond League opener Bednarek managed 20.33 (-3.0m/s). Nonetheless, the way of his victory there – ending virtually half a second forward of a world-class area – was a transparent assertion of the 22-year-old’s type.
In Doha Bednarek will tackle the likes of 2017 world champion Ramil Guliyev, world and Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse, 2014 European champion Adam Gemili and USA’s Justin Gatlin.
Obiri and Cheruiyot goal triumphant return
Kenyan distance duo Timothy Cheruiyot and Hellen Obiri struck gold in Doha two years in the past and will likely be aiming to return out on high once more this weekend.
Obiri will contest the 3000m, the occasion she received finally 12 months’s Doha Diamond League assembly, and he or she’ll be up towards world 5000m silver medallist Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi and 2017 world cross-country bronze medallist Lilian Rengeruk. All three Kenyan girls have set their 3000m PBs in Doha.
Whereas Cheruiyot has dominated the 1500m on the Wanda Diamond League circuit lately, he has but to win on the Doha assembly. He hopes to rectify that on Friday, although, when he takes on the strains of Australian record-holder Stewart McSweyn, world indoor champion Samuel Tefera, Ugandan record-holder Ronald Musagala and world indoor 3000m bronze medallist Bethwell Birgen.
The ladies’s steeplechase options 4 of the highest 5 finishers from the World Championships, led by Emma Coburn and Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng, the 2017 and 2015 world champions respectively.
World bronze medallist Gesa Felicitas Krause, Asian champion Winfred Yavi, Ugandan record-holder Peruth Chemutai and sub-nine-minute performer Norah Jeruto are additionally within the line-up.
World silver medallist Amel Tuka and world bronze medallist Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich will sq. off within the males’s 800m. Britain’s Daniel Rowden, who made a break-through final 12 months with some notable worldwide victories, will make his 2021 debut.
Olympic 1500m champion Religion Kipyegon steps down in distance to contest the 800m in Doha, the place she’ll face European indoor champion Keely Hodgkinson, Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo and Jamaican record-holder Natoya Goule.
Barshim and Drouin resume duel
For the primary time in virtually 4 years, world champion Mutaz Barshim will compete towards Olympic champion Derek Drouin within the excessive soar.
The duo racked up a stack of medals and Diamond League wins between 2012 and 2017, each becoming a member of the unique 2.40m membership within the course of, however their careers had been hampered by accidents lately.
Barshim returned in 2019, successful the world title in sensational type on dwelling soil, whereas Drouin has been out of motion since 2017 and is just simply returning to top-flight competitors, having cleared 2.24m at a low-key assembly final week.
World bronze medallist Ilya Ivanyuk, who cleared a world-leading 2.37m final weekend, additionally competes, as does European indoor champion Maksim Nedasekau and 2018 Diamond League winner Brandon Starc.
Within the males’s shot put, in the meantime, two-time world indoor champion Tom Walsh takes on Serbian record-holder Armin Sinancevic, Croatia’s Filip Mihaljevic and Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki.
Jon Mulkeen for World Athletics