Doha Qatar New calendar for IAAF Diamond League released

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Fastest Kenyan women in history

Kenya's Hellen Obiri play

Kenya's Hellen Obiri


The two fastest Kenyan women in history of long distance Faith Kipyegon and Hellen Obiri are set to return to the track after the IAAF released the new calendar for the upcoming IAAF Diamond League.

Faith Kipyegon who is an Olympic Medalist will be once again putting Kenya’s name of the world map in this year’s Diamond League.

The IAAF Diamond League is one of the prestigious track and field’s events and is set to kick off on May 5  in Doha Qatar.

The IAAF Diamond League is an annual meeting that encompasses 32 Diamond Disciplines, following a championship style model. 

According to athletes will earn points in the first 12 IAAF Diamond League meetings to qualify for two final meetings where $100,000 will be at stake in each of the 32 Diamond disciplines, including $50,000 for each winner.

play Kibiegon in a past race (Courtesy)

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In previous seasons, athletes accumulated points throughout the IAAF Diamond League season with the overall winner of each of the 32 events being the athlete with the most points, irrespective of whether they won the final.

The season is now a race to reach the finals with the winners crowned as IAAF Diamond League champions. As in a championship, the performance of athletes in the final alone will determine who the champion will be and the prize money won.

2017 IAAF Diamond League calendar reads as follows;

play IAAF Diamond League logo (Courtesy)

5 May – Doha, QAT

13 May – Shanghai, CHN

27 May – Eugene, USA

8 Jun – Rome, ITA

15 Jun – Oslo, NOR

18 Jun – Stockholm, SWE

1 Jul – Paris, FRA

6 Jul – Lausanne, SUI

9 Jul – London, GBR

16 Jul – Rabat, MAR

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21 Jul – Monaco, MON

20 Aug – Birmingham, GBR

24 Aug – Zurich, SUI

1 Sep – Brussels, BEL

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