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IAAF Diamond League 2020 Schedule, Teams, Matches and Time Table

IAAF Diamond League 2020: Schedule, Teams and History

The 2020 IAAF Diamond League is upon us and will take place on the 17th of April, 2020 at the Qatar Sports Club. This day will witness historic track and field events, marking the start of the annual season.

About the IAAF Diamond League event history

The IAAF Diamond League is a historic event comprising of a series of premier track and field athletics contests held annually. It is organized by World Athletics or the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) and the first season took place in the year 2010. This is a replacement for the IAAF Golden League that was an annual affair from 1998 onwards.

The full name of the league is Wanda Diamond League as a result of the agreement with the Wanda Group. In March last year, Sebastian Coe, the IAAF President, confirmed format based changes for 2020. The number of Diamond Race Events was lowered to 24 from 32 while a second Chinese meet was included in the series calendar. A single final has also replaced the dual-final format. All meetings of the event have taken place in the Northern Hemisphere in the summer and spring, in sync with the global track and field season.

Glory Days of the Past of IAAF Diamond League

In 2019, the 100 metres and 200 metres events were won by Noah Lyles (USA) in the men’s category. His compatriot Michael Norman won the 400 metres while the 800 metres was also won by the USA’s Donavan Brazier. The 500 metres event was won by Joshua Cheptegei (UGA). Getnet Wale (ETH) won the 3000 m steeplechase and Juan Miguel Echevarria (CUB) was the long jump champion. Dina Asher-Smith (GBR) won the 100 metres in 2019 in the women’s category while other prominent names included Shaunae Miller-Uibo from Bahrain who won in 200 metres and Sifan Hassan (NED) who won both 1500 metres and 5000 metres. The USA aced 2019 with 8 event winners while Kenya and Jamaica had 2 each. Great Britain and Germany won one event each while Cuba won 2.

Christian Taylor from the United States has won the most titles individually in triple jump, namely 7 titles. He is followed by France’s Renaud Lavillenie with 7 titles in Pole Vault.

About the Current event, Participants and more

The 2020 Diamond League is the 11th season of the annual event and the reduction of events to 24 is aimed at enabling a standard 90-minute television broadcasting format. Each meeting will have 11/12 Diamond race events and some of them will not be broadcast. Events that lose the Diamond Race status will be slotted for the World Athletics Continental Tour. The meeting in Birmingham has been shifted to Gateshead for stadium renovation purposes and the Prefontaine Classic has come back to Eugene, Oregon. Wanda Group has inked a 5-year sponsorship deal for the event.

The series will start in Qatar which is hosting the season-opener for the 10th year in succession. Some of the glittering participants at the event will include Dina-Asher Smith (GBR), the triple European sprint champion, Tianna Bartoletta from USA, the Olympic champion in long jump, Sam Kendricks (USA), the Olympic pole vault bronze medallist, world shot put champion from New Zealand, Tom Walsh and the Olympic 110m hurdles champion, Brian McNeal from the USA. This year, the series in Doha will have at least 6 current world champions, 8 current Olympic champions and winners of 9 2018 Diamond Trophies. The best global athletes will be competing in a bid for qualification at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games at Doha, Qatar.

Doha will have the series opener with the final leg scheduled for Brussels in Belgium. The final will take place in Zurich. The schedule is as follows:

IAAF Diamond League 2020 Schedule

  • April 17th– Doha
  • May 10th– China
  • May 16th– Shanghai
  • May 24th– Stockholm
  • May 28th– Rome
  • May 31st– Rabat
  • June 7th– Eugene
  • June 11th– Oslo
  • June 13th– Paris
  • July 4th– London
  • July 10th– Monaco
  • August 16th– Gateshead
  • August 20th– Lausanne
  • September 4th– Brussels
  • September 11th– Zurich (Final)

Indeed, the 2020 IAAF Diamond League will be a cracker of a contest with elite athletes lined up to compete at the series opener in Qatar on 17th April, 2020. Undoubtedly, athletics fans and enthusiasts will be waiting with bated breath to catch the action soon!

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