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Doha Preview: Champions galore as 2014 Diamond League gets underway

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Doha Preview: Champions galore as 2014 series gets underway


Mike Rowbottom for the IAAF
diamondleague.com
8th May 2014


Nine reigning or former Olympic champions including Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce , Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop, USA's Christian Taylor and Valerie Adams of New Zealand will set this season’s IAAF Diamond League in motion at the Qatar Sports Club on Friday.

At 27, Shelley Fraser-Pryce has a dominance within women’s sprinting to match that of her compatriot Usain Bolt in the men’s events, and she doesn’t look like relinquishing her position any time soon.

Having won the 60m title in her first IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot two months ago, just seven months after winning 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, the 2013 World Athlete of the Year is on a roll as she prepares for her first 100m of the outdoor season.

Fraser-Pryce earned an unprecedented 100m and 200m double Diamond Race victory last year after getting her 2013 season underway with a 200m win in Doha.

She maintains she is concentrating on the longer distance in the IAAF Diamond League in a year when she also has ambitions in this summer’s Commonwealth Games, and she won her opening 200m in Kingston last Saturday in 22.53.

The amiable Jamaican – whose ever-changing hair colour is currently highlighted red - faces strong opposition in Blessing Okagbare, who took 200m bronze – and long jump silver – in Moscow last summer. The Nigerian won her 100m season opener in on Fraser-Pryce’s home track in Kingston on Saturday in 11.19.

The USA will be represented over 100m by the 21-year-old national champion English Gardner, who finished fourth in the World Championships and has a 10.85 career best, along with Alexandria Anderson, another sub-11 sprinter.

The men’s sprinting in Doha, which will also be over 200m, features the silver and bronze medallists behind Usain Bolt at last year’s World Championships – respectively Jamaica’s Warren Weir and USA’s Curtis Mitchell.

Both men look in a strong position to improve their credentials as the men most likely to challenge the multiple world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt over the longer sprint in coming seasons. The field also includes 2012 European champion Churandy Martina.

It was a measure of the quality of the Doha meeting that when Kenya’s 2012 Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha was forced to drop out with a calf injury, he was swiftly replaced by the 20-year-old Ethiopian Mohammed Aman who has secured World outdoor and indoor titles in the space of the last year.

Aman faces a stringent test in his first race since taking the World indoor title in Sopot two months ago.

He lines up in a contest that is not a Diamond Race scoring event against a field which includes his talented contemporary Nijel Amos, of Botswana, who took silver behind Rudisha in London.

Aman broke into the world all-time top 10 with his national record of 1:42.37 at last year’s Diamond League final in Brussels but Amos has run even faster: his 1:41.73 in the Olympic final made him the third fastest runner in history, along with Great Britain’s double Olympic champion Sebastian Coe.

Another London 2012 finalist, Britain’s Andrew Osagie, will also be in the mix having won a second successive World indoor bronze in Sopot.

Adams shot streak
New Zealand’s Valerie Adams is a dominant figure in the shot with two Olympic gold medals, four outdoor and three indoor World titles.

She arrives in Doha with a winning streak of 46 finals and hasn’t lost a competition since August 2010.

Asbel Kiprop, who defended his world 1500m title last year, will seek to extend Kenyan dominance over the distance in Doha, where 13 of the past 14 races since the meeting began have been won either by him or his compatriots.

He will be challenged by teammates Nixon Chepseba and Silas Kiplagat, who won at this venue in 2011 and 2012 respectively, as well as Dibouti's 2014 World Indoor Championships 1500m gold medallist Ayanleh Souleiman and the Olympic champion himself, Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi, who has only raced five times since his surprise win in London and has recently changed coaches.

Kenyan dominance in the 3000m steeplechase also looks assured given the presence of the 2004 and 2012 Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi and his teammate Beijing 2008 champion Brimin Kipruto.

LaShawn Merritt of the USA, who regained his world 400m title last summer, will face compatriot Tony McQuay, the silver medallist in Moscow 2013, and the Dominican Republic’s Luguelin Santos, the London 2012 silver medallist at just 18.

Also in the field is Czech Republic’s 23-year-old European champion Pavel Maslak, who won the World indoor title two months ago.

Price out to test Sum
The women’s 800m features a first meeting between last year’s surprise World champion Eunice Sum of Kenya and the US athlete who won the World indoor title two months ago, Chanelle Price. Also in the mix could be Kenya’s former World champion Janeth Jepkosgei.

Genzebe Dibaba, who broke the World indoor 1500m and 3000m records this year before taking the World indoor 3000m title in Sopot, will seek to maintain her stellar progress in a 3000m race, which she said on Thursday was her favourite distance, which includes Kenya’s 2013 World Championships 5000m silver medallist of last summer, Mercy Cherono.

The men’s 110m hurdles features all three medallists from last year’s World Championships, the American pair who took the gold and silver medals respectively, David Oliver and Ryan Wilson, and Russia’s bronze medallist Sergey Shubenkov.

Oliver has already run three times this season, with a best of 13.23. Also look out for France’s 22-year-old Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, the World Indoor Championships silver medallist.

Four of the first five finishers at the World Championships will start the women’s 400m hurdles, including US silver and bronze medallists, respectively Dalilah Muhammad and Lashinda Demus, the latter being the 2011 World champion.

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WOMEN's 100m
Lane Athlete Nation PB
1 SAILER Verena GER 11.02
2 ANDERSON Alexandria USA 10.91
3 GARDNER English USA 10.85
4 FRASER-PRYCE Shelly-Ann JAM 10.70
5 OKAGBARE Blessing NGR 10.79
6 STEWART Kerron JAM 10.75
7 PIERRE Barbara USA 10.85
8 RUSSELL Carrie JAM 10.98


MEN's 200m
Lane Athlete Nation PB
1 RICHARDS-KWOK Dontae CAN 20.74
2 DWYER Rasheed JAM 20.15
3 OGUNODE Femi QAT 20.3
4 MARTINA Churandy NED 19.85
5 MITCHELL Curtis USA 19.97
6 WEIR Warren JAM 19.79
7 ASHMEADE Nickel JAM 19.85
8 SAIDY NDURE Jaysuma NOR 19.89


MEN'S 400m
Lane Athlete Nation PB
1 STEELE Edino JAM 45.38
2 CLEMONS Kyle USA 45.1
3 SANTOS Luguelín DOM 44.45
4 MERRITT Lashawn USA 43.74
5 MCQUAY Tony USA 44.4
6 MASLÁK Pavel CZE 44.84
7 MASRAHI Youssef Ahmed KSA 44.61
8 MANCE Josh USA 44.83


MEN'S 800m
Lane Athlete Nation
1 CHERUIYOT Ferguson Rotich KEN
2 KINYOR Job KEN
3 OSAGIE Andrew GBR
4 MUTAI Jeremiah Kipkorir KEN
4 BALLA Musaeb Abdulrahman QAT
5 AMOS Nijel BOT
5 OLIVIER Andre RSA
6 JOHNSON Brandon USA
7 AMAN Mohammed ETH
8 SOM Bram NED


WOMEN'S 800m
Lane Athlete Nation
1 BECKWITH Molly USA
2 OSKAN Shelayna GBR
2 GALLIGAN Rose-Anne IRL
3 PRICE Chanelle USA
4 ALMANZA Rose Mary CUB
4 LUKA Tintu IND
5 MASNÁ Lenka CZE
5 MEADOWS Jennifer GBR
6 JEPKOSGEI Janeth KEN
7 SUM Eunice Jepkoech KEN
8 JERUTO Agatha KEN


MEN'S 1500m
Order Athlete Nation
1 AL GARNI Mohamed QAT
2 MAGUT James Kiplagat KEN
3 DRIOUCH Hamza QAT
4 SEUREI Benson BRN
5 CHEBOI Collins KEN
6 ÖZBILEN Ilham Tanui TUR
7 BIRGEN Bethwell KEN
8 WOTE Aman ETH
9 GEBREMEDHIN Mekonnen ETH
10 KIPLAGAT Silas KEN
11 TESFAYE Homiyu GER
12 CHEPSEBA Nixon Kiplimo KEN
13 CRONJE Johan RSA
14 MAKHLOUFI Taoufik ALG
15 SOULEIMAN Ayanleh DJI
16 KIPROP Asbel KEN
17 MAIYO Hillary Kipkorir KEN
18 ROTICH Andrew Kiptoo KEN


WOMEN'S 3000m
Order Athlete Nation
1 NAWOWUNA Alice Aprot KEN
2 YESHANEH Ababel ETH
3 TEFERI Senbere ETH
4 KASAIT Lilian KEN
5 JELAGAT Irene KEN
6 CHEPTAI Irine Chebet KEN
7 HAROYE Alemitu ETH
8 KIPYEGON Faith Chepngetich KEN
9 DABA Tejitu BRN
10 BELETE Mimi BRN
11 TIROP Agnes Jebet KEN
12 AYANA Almaz ETH
13 JAMAL Maryam Yusuf BRN
14 KIBIWOT Viola Jelagat KEN
15 OBIRI Hellen KEN
16 CHERONO Mercy KEN
17 DIBABA Genzebe ETH
18 VARGA Judit ITA
19 WAFULA Lydia KEN

Full fields available at: http://www.diamondleague-doha.com/Live-StartlistsResults/Overview1/

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