Justin Gatlin featured at IAAF Doha Diamond Meet
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Justin Gatlin featured at IAAF Doha Diamond Meet

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Start of the top series: Farah in the 3000 m

DOHA (QAT): Also in 6th year of IAAF Diamond League the Doha meet is the circuit opener. With new broadcasters mainly in Europe this edition is promising again creme de la creme of our sport. Hot weather at Qatar Sports Club with expected nearly capacity crowd (15 000) offers at the beginning of the season top conditions and so World leads in many events could be expected. Justin Gatlin, Mo Farah, duel Kiprop vs Aman and deep world class fields mainly in women 100 m hurdles and men triple jump with javelin are offering something special.  As it was said at the main press conference athletes are coming from 54 countries, 12 reigning Olympic Champions and 11 current World Champions, overall 16 Olympic Champions and 26 World Champions, as well as 10 Diamond Race winners of 2014.

Event by event


100 m: Gatlin in first individual race of the year will attack Powell´s WL of 9.84 and MR 9.85. The rest should be well behind him, Dasaolu could expect European lead 2015.

400 m (Asian Race): With super Qatari junior Haroun a fast time is expected. 

800 m: The duel of the evening Aman vs Kiprop. Kenyan already ran something, his advantage? Or dark horse Souleiman from behind (or Bosse) ? The pace is set for 49.5 at 400 m.

3000 m: Farah for first time in his career runs such a high quality track race so early in the season. Alamirew (DL record holder from here 7:27.76) leads Ethiopians, Soi with I. Koech Kenyans. Is ER 7:26.62 within reach, pace would allow it (4:59 at 2km).

400mH: Van Zyl looks very good this year, Jackson also showed some fitness. What about Culson? 

PV: Lisek is suddendly the favorite. 

TJ: Pichardo ready to achieve something special. Possibly first ever 18 m in the Diamond League? Champions Taylor, Tamgho, Evora will attack him. 

SP: All set for Kovacs? Storl and Whiting have more experience than the World leader.

JT: First top gathering of the year. Oly winner Walcott, World champion Vesely, World leader 2014 Ihab and Finns Pitkamaki, Ruuskanen.


200 m: Felix likes Doha, but is Ahoure in better shape?

400 m: Sanya could improved her own WL wind permitting.

1500 m: Aregawi vs Hassan is the expected duel, but Ethiopian Seyaum not to forget along with Mishchenko who is WL holder. Sub 4 expected (pace at 8002:06).

Steeple: World lead for sure here, Ethiopians to rule with Assefa and Ayalew.

100mH: Superb field with Olympic winner Pearson, DR winner Harper-Nelson and mainly new sensation Stowers. Are we wrongly forgetting Porter?

HJ: This is open. Favorites did not jump yet, except of Simic. But Beitia has lot of experience and Palsyte with Kasprzycka are other names to mention.

LJ: Nettey was the indoor revelation, Spanovic was the indoor champion, but Bartoletta and Klishina already jumped in competitive environment. Last but not least Reese (DL rec holder from here 725). 

DT: Perkovic against herself or can Samuels come close?



DOHA (QAT): “I’m sure the other guys are ready or otherwise they wouldn’t be here,” said Mo Farah before the 3000 m race. Doha is Farah’s first major step towards a possible defence of his two world titles in Beijing later this summer. After Doha, he’ll return to his U.S. base to train and prepare for his next race, a 10,000m contest at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 29. He’ll then enter a 1500m in Birmingham and a 5000m race later in the summer. In the Chinese capital, he’ll only decide to double back after the conclusion of the 10,000m. “If my body lets me,” he said. “I’ve got to listen to my body. I’m not getting any younger.” He also thinks that a night marathon at the 2019 World Championships in Doha is a good idea. Farah said that it made sense from a climate point of view as well as from a sports marketing outlook. Farah may well target the marathon at the 2019 championships, as he could focus on the distance again after the 2016 Olympics.

DOHA (QAT): The 2013 1500m world champion Abeba Aregawi will have the chance to level the score in the rivalry with 2014 European champion Sifan Hassan which the latter leads five to four. “My trial was ok. I hope to wintomorrow,” said Hassan, sounding a cautious optimism.  “I have had a good preparation for the season,” said the 24 years-old Abeba, the Diamond race winner in 2012 and 2013. “We will see how it will all go in Doha, but my goal is to win the opening race of the season. Of course, the task of the season will be to defend my world's crown in Beijing, ”added Aregawi. Hassan said her focus will remain on the 1500 m despite her desire to test herself over longer distances.

DOHA (QAT): Justin Gatlin, the top sprinter in the world last year, wants his 100m race in Doha to set the tone for the rest of the season. The 33 year old will race less frequently than during his unbeaten 2015 campaign as he builds up towards Beijing 2015; but when he races, he expects a lot from himself. “9.8, 9.7 and hopefully 9.6 as well will come this year,” said Gatlin “So I want to go out there and dominate on a higher level. Not just win but dominating with fast times.” He also doesn’t think the world record is out of reach.

DOHA (QAT): Sanya Richards Ross’s has had a long, distinguished career, making it rather surprising that Friday will be her first time racing in Qatar. On the other hand, fellow US athlete Allyson Felix has competed in Doha on 10 occasions. While other athletes have stated goal performances for the opening Diamond League, Felix says that she is not sure what to expect.

DOHA (QAT): Late withdrawals from Doha start list include French triple jump European Champion Benjamin Compaore due to fatigue and US shot putter Christian Cantwell due to back problems.


MONTREAL (CAN): WADA has reinstated the Rio de Janeiro based anti-doping laboratory as an Olympic standard facility, while also giving accreditation to the anti-doping lab in Ankara, report AFP. The Brazilian lab, which is one of two accredited labs in South America, is scheduled to start analysing samples, taken during test events for the Games, in July. WADA President Craig Reedie noted that the lab would need to take on extra staff ahead of the Olympics.

MONTREAL (CAN): North Korea, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Sierra Leone and Virgin Islands (US) are facing a possible Olympic ban due to their failure to conform with the new WADA code, report Reuters. WADA president Craig Reedie said, “We came across a very small number of people who have done precisely nothing for a period of 17-18 months and they have had seven or eight reminders. “The whole compliance system will collapse if you don't have some form of sanctions.”

BERLIN (GER): Gerhard Janetzky has been re-elected as president of the Berlin Athletics Association for another three years, report focus.de. This means that he will still be in charge when the European Championships are held in the city in 2018. Their objective is to have at least five or six Berlin athletes competing in the championships.

DOHA (QAT): Finland’s Tero Pitkämäki has said that the new Finnish javelin is “quite a lot different” than the usual javelins, report iltalehti.fi. The 32 year old does not think that he will try and use it this season as he will need time to get used to it. Antti Ruuskanen also said that he will probably wait until 2016 to throw the new implement. Pitkamaki admits that he didn’t quite reach his targets during his training camp in Portugal, but he is fully healthy.

HAVANA (CUB): The Cuban Athletics Federation has planned a wide variety of activities to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the start of the athletics in Cuba. The first athletics competition in Cuba was held on December 3, 1905 and involved a competition between Cuban and American students. Cuban Federation president Alberto Juantorena, who won the 400m-800m double at the 1976 Olympics, also announced his candidacy for vice president of the IAAF.

KINGSTON (JAM): The IAAF has stated that they are happy with the progress of the anti-doping programme in Jamaica. This follows a two day visit by senior staff from the IAAF medical and anti-doping department. Approximately 500 doping controls have been conducted on Jamaican athletes by the IAAF and JADCO since January 2014.

DOHA (QAT): IAAF spokesman Nick Davies has said that the case involving Russian marathoner Liliya Shobukhova could be resolved this week, report AP. A hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was cancelled last month and it was reported that a settlement had been made out of court. Davies said that the CAS case is still open and no decision has been made yet.





HENGELO (NED): The AA Drink FBK Games (IAAF World Challenge) will take place on May 24 with some top clashes expected. One of the most highly anticipated races will be the women’s 100m, in which Dafne Schippers will take on Dina Asher Smith. The men’s long jump will feature two athletes that have already jumped over 825 this season, Jinzhe Li and Rushwaal Samaai. Ignisious Gaisah and world medallist Luis Rivera are also in the field along with decathletes Ashton Eaton and Thomas Van Der Plaetsen. World cross country champion Agnes Tirop will race the 3000m. Irene Jelagat is the fastest in the field, the talented Jip Vastenburg will be the Dutch hope. There will be good home interest in the 100mH, with Nadine Broersen and Nadine Visser entered. The two heptathletes will face specialists, Alina Talay and Lucy Hatton, as well as Cindy Roleder. World heptathlon medallist Brianne Theisen Eaton is also in the field. In the 1000m, Sifan Hassan and Susan Kuijken will chase the Dutch record of 2:35.21. They will also have to deal with top Ugandan Winnie Nanyondo and Jenny Meadows. In the men’s 800m, Marcin Lewandowski and Mark English will lead the European challenge. South Africa’s Andre Olivier is also in the field, while Germany’s Homiyu Tesfaye will step down in distance. South Africa will also have a strong contender in the 1500m in Johan Cronje; Mekonnen Gebremedhin and Nixon Chepseba will provide stiff competition. Cuba’s Denia Caballero heads the women’s discus field, while Piotr Malachowski will deal with the on form pair of Martin Kupper and Philip Milanov in the men’s competition. USA’s Jordan Clarke will face Asmir Kolasinac in the shot. In the pole vault, the evenly matched pair of Fabiana Murer and Silke Spiegelburg will duel. Sosthene Moguenara is the favourite for the women’s long jump, heptathlete Brianne Theisen Eaton will do this event too.


HALLE (GER): The 41st edition of throwing meet in Halle, Germany "Hallesche Werfertage" will have as top clash the women hammer duel of Poland´s Anita Wlodarczyk against local hero Betty Heidler who achieved here World record in 2011 (79.42). That was improved last year by Wlodarczyk to 79.58. Shot put star David Storl will come for Saturday competition after night flight from Doha. The same for Nadine Muller for women discus, she will have it tougher against Anna Ruh and Julia Fischer with Chinese Jian Tan.  Men discus is having current World leader Christoph Harting, the younger brother of the World and Olympic winner. More his home rivals Martin Wierig, Daniel Jasinski and Markus Munch, international throwers are headed by Ben Harradine and Cuban Jorge Fernandez. World champion Pawel Fajdek from Poland leads men hammer field. Women shot and javelin are missing top Germans who are in Shanghai (Schwanitz and Obergfoll) but the others are also strong with Lena Urbaniak or javelin trio Linda Stahl, Katharina Molitor and Christin Hussong. Men javelin favorite is home Andreas Hoffmann with 86.13 best, but top this years mark comes from Czech Jakub Vadlejch (85.13). Sunday will be as usual devoted for junior and U23 competitions. 

BANGALORE (IND): The TCS World 10K takes place on Sunday. Former world cross country champion Japheth Korir (27:47, 2015) is unbeaten over the distance this year and will start as favourite. The fastest in the field is Micah Kogo (27:01, 2009). Other contenders include David Bett (28:15, 2013), Edwin Kiptoo (28:56, 2014) and Dickson Chumba (28:47, 2014). The women’s race should see a good battle between Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopia (31:07, 2010), two time world cross country champion Emily Chebet of Kenya (30:58, 2012) and Mamitu Daska (31:04, 2014). Oljira won the World’s Best 10km in San Juan earlier this year, while Chebet was the second fastest in the world over the distance in 2014. Daska has been on good form in 2015, setting PBs at 5km and the half marathon. Dubai Marathon champion Aselefech Mergia (32:00, 2010) is also in the field. The course records are 27:44 and 31:48. 


BERLIN (GER, May 14): Soren Ludolph won 600 m in 1:17.75 over Dennis Kruger 1:17.96 in the 600 m at an open meet. Russian Yuliya Stepanova who lives in Germany (competes for LAC Olympia 88 Berlin) won the women 600 m in 1:28.55. Winner of 150 m Maximilian Kessler clocked 16.28. In the 300 m Marc Koch 33.79.



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