Shericka Jackson wins the women's 100m in a championship record 10.83 at the NACAC Open Championships in Freeport, Grand Bahamas
Shericka Jackson wins the women's 100m in a championship record 10.83 at the NACAC Open Championships in Freeport, Grand Bahamas

DOHA (QAT) – The Wanda Diamond League, the world’s premier one-day athletics meeting series, starts this Friday in Doha. The world’s best athletes will descend on the Qatari city to kick off the series, as they race to secure early points in their quest to qualify for the series final in September.

100m – All eight athletes competing in the event have sub-11 personal bests. World 200m champion Shericka Jackson holds the fastest time of the season with 10.82, although Sha’Carri Richardson has been credited with a wind-aided 10.57.

400m – Olympic and World silver medallist Marileidy Paulino boasts the fastest season’s best (SB) time of 50.33 and personal best (PB) of 48.99 in the lineup. Can she challenge Allyson Felix’s longstanding meeting record of 49.83?

1500m – The evening’s final event features Faith Kipyegon making her season’s debut against a strong Ethiopian contingent, including Diribe Welteji and Freweyni Hailu. Eight of the entrants have broken the 4:00-barrier.

3000m steeplechase – Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai and WR holder Beatrice Chepkoech headline the entrants along with young Kenyans Jackline Chepkoech and Faith Cherotich, the Commonwealth and World U20 champions, respectively.

100m hurdles – Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn races internationally for the first time in 2023 after opening her season with a super-fast wind-aided 12.29. How will Reetta Hurske fare after a huge indoor season?

Pole vault – Olympic and world champion Katie Moon, world indoor champion Sandi Morris, and European champion Wilma Murto are three of the standout entrants.

200m – All eight entrants in the 200m have personal bests of 20.00 or faster. The field includes World 100m and 400m champions Fred Kerley and Mike Norman and reigning Olympic champion Andre de Grasse. Could the meeting record of 19.83 fall?

800m – The line-up features Kenyans Noah Kibet and Wycliffe Kinyamal, along with 2016 Olympic medallist Clayton Murphy, who is on the comeback trail.

3000m – A loaded field includes Olympic champions Soufiane El Bakkali and Selemon Barega, as well as Lamecha Girma who broke the world indoor 3000m record in Lievin.

400m hurdles – Rai Benjamin is the big favorite having already clocked 47.74 this season and with many of his top rivals absent.

High jump – Will Mutaz Essa Barshim win at home again? His biggest rival is likely to be Sanghyoek Woo from Korea.

Triple jump – Pedro Pichardo makes his outdoor season’s debut after defending his European indoor title. The line-up also includes Christian Taylor, who is returning to form, and Italy’s Emmanuel Ihemeje who has jumped 17.29m this season.

Discus – World champion Kristjan Ceh faces Swedes Daniel Stahl and Simon Pettersson, both of whom are making their season’s debuts.

Javelin – A loaded line-up includes Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, world champion Anderson Peters, and current world leader Jakub Vadlejch, who has already thrown 88.38m this year.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.