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06-05-2019, 18:20   #1
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2019 Diamond League

Surprised there's no thread already, so thought I may as well set one up! Should be an interesting year ahead as we lead up to the World Championships in Doha.

Season kicked off last Friday night, in the same stadium where the World's will be held later this year. Dina Asher-Smith kicked picked up where she left off last year in the 200m and Hellen Obiri had a nice win in the 3000m over Genzebe Dibaba. Guliyev, Manangoi and El Bakkali all won in the 200m, 1500m and 3000m respectively.

The biggest story going into the night was, of course, that Caster Semenya lost her hearing with the IAAF, so this would be her last time running middle distance without medication. Sure enough she won easily in 1:54.98, putting her 15th on the all-time list. She has insisted she's not going to take medication, but also states that she won't be retiring, so remains to be seen whether or not she'll move up to longer distances where the rules wouldn't apply. She tested the waters recently by winning the 5000m at the South-African championships in 16:05.97.

Anyway, hope there's enough interest in the thread to keep it going, but there seems to be a fair few athletics fans on here so I don't see any reason why there shouldn't be. Next stop will be Shanghai on Saturday, May 18th.
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06-05-2019, 18:37   #2
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The women's 3000 was a pretty great race, super finish by Obiri to blow Dibaba away, but some performance by Rengeruk. Took a nasty fall in the pack around 6 minutes in, but got back up and managed to place 3rd
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Forgot to mention also that this year is, as things stand, the last year of diamond league 5000m races as 3000m will be the longest distance from next year on Hope the athletes take a stand to this, it makes zero sense to me. Why have 3000m at the diamond leagues when they're not championship/Olympic events? It's bad enough we never so rarely get to see 10,000m races.

Obiri looks in super form, and surely the current favourite to retain her crown at the world's. I don't think she's even back to her best yet, lots more to see from her I reckon. I'm looking forward to her continued rivalry with Hassan over the distance, another athlete I think we've more to see from at 5000m level.

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Only just managed to get round to watching the highlights. Nike really need to supply their kit in colours other than blue. They had a range of different colours for London Marathon which helped spot who was who, but that was just daft in one of the races with over half the field wearing identical kit. They can only be deliberately trying to make it more difficult to watch for people.
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Shanghai Diamond League today, entry lists here. Will be shown on Eurosport 2 at 2.30pm.
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Missed the broadcast, but this is some photo-finish in the 100m!
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Reckon Lyles could go close to Bolts 200m wr.
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Caster Semenya will be running the 3,000m at Prefontaine, be interesting to see how that goes. She's up against some field though; Obiri, Hassan, Dibaba and Ayana! Very intrigued to see how Ayana gets on if she runs, would be her first race since London 2017.
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going top watch it now

link for anyone who missed it , first race is barr

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlINeE1Vfk0
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Stockholm Diamond League is up tonight. Live Eurosport. Highlights on BBC, on Saturday.


Thomas Barr in 400m H, against Warholm.
Final event is 10000m which will soon be a thing of the past in DL.
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Stockholm Diamond League is up tonight. Live Eurosport. Highlights on BBC, on Saturday.


Thomas Barr in 400m H, against Warholm.
Final event is 10000m which will soon be a thing of the past in DL.
10000m is never part of DL usually anyway. Besides the day before the main Eugene programme I’ve never seen a 10k on a DL programme.

I hope they keep the TV coverage going past the usual 2 hours to show it.
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Stockholm Diamond League is up tonight. Live Eurosport. Highlights on BBC, on Saturday.


Thomas Barr in 400m H, against Warholm.
Final event is 10000m which will soon be a thing of the past in DL.
Deferred on Eurosport, no? Barr's up in 10 minutes. Live blog here: https://www.diamondleague.com/news/s...ive-updates-1/
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Deferred on Eurosport, no? Barr's up in 10 minutes. Live blog here: https://www.diamondleague.com/news/s...ive-updates-1/

Was live on Eurosport Player. Perhaps not on TV.
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10000m is never part of DL usually anyway. Besides the day before the main Eugene programme I’ve never seen a 10k on a DL programme.

I hope they keep the TV coverage going past the usual 2 hours to show it.

Yes, rarely run , but from next year, never again.
I remember a great race at Brussels DL a few years ago.
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The stadium is practically empty for the 10000m. Only the die-hards remain! Maybe this tells us something........
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