News : Preview of the Diamond League in Doha: Schedules, television and duels
After a first meeting in Gateshead marked by rain and cold, but in which we were still able to see exciting tests (and the Spanish Mohamed Katir achieve an Olympic minimum and mark in the 5,000), the second stop arrives this Friday, May 28 of the best competition in the world of athletics. Doha will host an afternoon session in which this time in principle we will only have two Spaniards (Adri Ben in the 800 and Manuel Olmedo in the Final B of the 1,500) to coincide with the European National Teams that will be played in Silesia this weekend of May 29/30.
In any case, we are going to review the menu and the main duels that will be experienced in the Qatari capital:
Richardson vs Fraser-Pryce
Starting with speed, again we will have a simply brutal female 100 with the presence of the American Sha’Carri Richardson, who at Gateshead was overtaken by Asher-Smith, who did not participateStop at the Qatar meeting. Yes they will be the Jamaican Fraser-Pryce, the Nigerian Okagbare or the American Oliver, who credits 10.97 this season.
In the men’s 200, only Bednarek among the participants has managed to lower this season of the barrier of 20 ″. It will be measured against athletes of the stature of the North Americans Aaron Brown (20.26) or André De Grasse, who continues to seek his best form and this year has not dropped below 20.85. In the 400, the big favorites are the Americans Michael Norman (44.40 this year) and Vernon Norwood (44.64).
Samba debuts at home
In the 400 hurdles, local Abderrahman Samba, who has a personal best of 46.98, makes his debut this season. To highlight the names of the North American Rai Benjamin and the Brazilian Alison Dos Santos, with 47.68 achieved just a few days ago. Also to the Virgin Islands athlete Kyron McMaster (47.50 this season).
Ben tests himself in Doha
As we said, in the men’s 800 will be the Galician Adri Ben (his presence confirmed), who has 1.47.49 this season and the best mark in the distance of 1.44.97 achieved in the Doha World Cup. Be careful with the Kenyan Rotich and Tuwei (the latter with the best mark of the course in the distance, 1.44.63). There will also be the Bosnian Amel Tuka (1.42.51 of personal mark).
Kipyegon vs Hodgkinson
In the women’s 800, the favorites will be the splendid Briton Kelly hodgkinson, with the best mark (achieved this course) of 1.58.89 and the world champion Faith kipyegon. Only Hodgkinson and American Green (1.59.88) have managed to drop below two minutes this season.
Cheruiyot, one of the great stars
One of the big stars of the meeting will be the Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot, who makes his debut this season and has a personal best 3.28.41. In 2020 he left us a couple of vibrant duels with Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who was in Gateshead, but who will not be in Doha. Pity. Yes they will also be Kenyan Birgen (3.30.77) or the local Musab, the one that accredits the best record in this course with 3.32.41. The Ethiopian Tefera or the Australian McSweyn They complete a massive starting grid. In the final B the Spanish Manuel Olmedo is registered.
In 3,000, the presence of the three-time World Champion in the open air stands out Hellen obiri. The Kenyan (8.20.68) will have in her compatriots Kipkemboi or Rengeruk and in the Turkish Yasemin Can her main rivals. In the 3,000 obstacles TOP poster with the American Emily Coburn, Chepkoech, Kiyeng or the German Gesa Felicitas Krause.
Barshim debuts before his people
In the spectacular high jump duel between the Russian Ivanyuk (2.37 this season), the Belarusian Nedasekau (2.35) or the Qatari Barshim, the athlete with the best personal record of all (2.43).
In pole and women’s discus, the complete podium of the last World Cup will compete: Sidorova, Morris and Stefanidi on pole and Pérez, Caballero and Perkovic on disk. Latin-flavored duel in the triple jump with the presence of Yulimar Rojas, which comes from getting very close in Andújar to his personal mark (15.43), and the Colombian Ibargüen (15.31).
In the men’s weight, finally, a difficult prognosis duel between the Balkans Mihaljevic and Sinancevic with the New Zealander Walsh with a lot to say.
Schedules and television:
The session will start at 18:00 local time (17:00 CET time) and the television broadcast (on Vamos de Movistar +) will begin at 18:03 (CET time) with the men’s 400 hurdles.
Review the test schedules: