The 1996 Olympic 100m champion Donovan Bailey believes fellow Canadian Andre DeGrasse will be under tremendous pressure to perform at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha later this month, but he expects him to deliver.

Finding the right approach at the right time helped propel Shanieka Ricketts to her first Diamond League win and with it the 2019 Diamond League triple-jump crown in Zurich on Thursday.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Shanieka Ricketts won diamonds in the 200m and triple jump respectively at the first of two Diamond League finals in Zurich on Thursday.

Zurich will host the Diamond League Final in 2020 and 2021 as the series switches to a single-day format.

Since being established in 2010, the Diamond League has staged dual finals in Zurich and Brussels.

However, Weltklasse Zurich will now host the lone showpiece for two straight years while the King Baudouin Stadium undergoes renovation.

From 2022 to 2024 the final is set to rotate annually, with all meetings invited to apply to serve as hosts.

The Diamond League board will select the 12 regular-season meetings for the 2020 season next month.

"Zurich has been the home of many of the most extraordinary moments in athletics over more than 90 years, including 25 world records, and we are delighted that it will host the pinnacle one-day meeting of 2020," IAAF president Sebastian Coe said in a statement.

"The Diamond League is vital to our future growth as it provides an annual showcase of the very best in athletics, which is why we must ensure that every contest broadcast to the world is of the highest standard.

"We expect the new Diamond League format to be even more thrilling for our global audience as it builds excitement throughout the outdoor season and reaches a crescendo in Zurich.”   

A total of 24 disciplines will run across the 12 meetings – 12 male and 12 female – with each meet staging six male and six female events before all are present at the Zurich final.

The winners at the Diamond League Final will earn automatic qualification to the IAAF World Championships.

After only two weeks with Rana Reider’s Tumbleweed Track Club, 2017 World Champion, Omar McLeod is confident he is back on track to defend his world title at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

After running a personal-best time and winning her first-ever Diamond League race in London on Sunday, newly minted Jamaican 400mH champion Rushell Clayton said getting that first win provided a major boost in confidence as she zeroes in on her first World Championships in Doha in September.

Lennox Graham, the coach of Danielle Williams has a simple plan to keep her running fast in her quest to win the Diamond League title this season.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has confirmed that she will be doing the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha from September 28 to October 6.

Danielle Williams set a new national record while winning the 100m hurdles at the Diamond League meeting in London on Saturday.

Maurice Wilson, head coach of the Sprintec Track Club, has come out against the proposed method for selecting Jamaica’s female sprint hurdlers for the team to compete at the IAAF World Championships in September.

Shanieka Ricketts produced a 14.67m performance for third on the first day of the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Thursday.

Three-time world 100-metre champion showed Friday that running her first 10.7-time in four years last month was no fluke when she powered to a 10.74s clocking at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the Noah Lyles became the fourth fastest man in history with a 19.50-second run over 200m.

Left in Fraser-Pryce's wake was Great Britain’s Dina-Asher Smith (10.91) and Marie Josee Ta Lou (10.93), proving they were no match for the Jamaican who clocked 10.73s for a second place finish at Jamaica’s National Championships on June 21.

“I came to Lausanne in a very happy state of mind despite a poor performance in Stanford (where she was seventh in 11.39s). I am delighted with 10.74 today. Such ups and downs make sure that you do not take anything for granted and do not get complacent,” she said. 

“It is a long season this year. I am feeling great. Let’s see how the season progresses, I will happily embrace anything that the season will throw at me. I am going to enjoy and do my best.”

Also on the podium in Lausanne was Stephenie-Ann McPherson who was third in a season-best 50.88s in a blistering 400m won by Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Nasser won set a new meet record and season-best time of 49.17, just holding off an emerging Aminatou Seyni of Niger who set a new national record and personal best 49.19s.

Ronald Levy was third in the 110m hurdles in 13.25, beaten by the USA’s Daniel Roberts, the NCAA silver medallist who clocked 13.11 and Spain’s Orlando Ortega who had a season-best 13.05s for the win.

There was a fourth-place finish for Janieve Russell in the 400m hurdles won by the USA’s Shamier Little in a season-best 53.73s, a season-best time for the American who is sharpening up for the US National Championships later this month.

Russell’s 55.13 was also a season best.

Zuzana Hejnova also set a season-best 54.11 for second place while the USA’s Ashley Spencer as third in the same time, which was also her season’s best.

Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas was third in the 200m in a season-best 22.81. Jodie Williams of Great Britain also ran a season-best time of 22.75 in the race won by the USA’s Gabrielle Thomas whose 22.69s was also a season-best.

Shanieka Ricketts has been consistently over 14.50 in the triple jump this season and was again on Friday. However, her 14.65m, her third-best mark for the season was unable to get her onto the podium as she finished fourth.

Cuba’s Liadagmis Povea claimed third with her personal best jump of 14.77 while Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, the world leader was second with 14.82. Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia took the gold medal with her season-best mark of 14.89m.

Tajay Gayle’s jumped 8.13m for fourth in the long jump won by Cuban prodigy Juan Miguel Echevarria with 8.32m. Greek Militiadis Tentoglou was second with 8.19m while South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga was third with 8.13m

 

 

 

 

Caster Semenya stormed to a record-breaking Diamond League victory in Stanford with her future still up in the air.

Semenya clocked the fastest 800 metres time by a woman on American soil of one minute, 55.70 seconds on Sunday.

The South African was competing in the Diamond League for the first time since being cleared to run by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland (SFT), as she awaits the outcome of an appeal in her case against the IAAF.

The double Olympic 800m champion is challenging the IAAF's decision to introduce restrictions on testosterone levels in women competing at distances ranging from 400m to a mile.

Semenya appealed to the SFT after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the IAAF could implement the regulations.

The 28-year-old did not run in the last Diamond League event in Rabat, although she denied declining an offer to race after initially being denied entry before the SFT declared she is free to run without restriction until a verdict is reached.

Semenya took the bell in 57 seconds and powered away from the pack for a dominant victory ahead of Ajee Wilson, with Raevyn Rogers third.

Jamaica discus thrower Fedrick Dacres, set a new national record and world lead, after registering a massive 70.78 to get the better of Sweden’s Daniel Ståhl at the Rabat Diamond League on Sunday.

The tight finish was, however, somewhat controversial. Initially, the victory had been awarded to Ståhl as Dacres’ massive throw, registered in the third round, was recorded as a foul.  After an appeal, however, the throw was validated, which also gave the Jamaican the meeting and Diamond League record.

Ståhl, who recorded his best throw of 69.94 in the third round, was as a result dropped to second place, with Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger registering a season-best of 68.14 for third.  With many initially believing Ståhl to be the winner, the IAAF later clarified the initial cause for the mix-up with a posting of the official results via its official Twitter handle.  The 25-year-old Dacres has dominated the event locally and claimed the 2018 Diamond League discus title. 

The record eclipsed the athlete's previous best of 69.67, set in Stockholm Sweden last year.  The result also moved Dacres to third place, on 15 points, in the Diamond qualification standing, just behind Weisshaidinger (19).  Ståhl leads the pack with 24 points.

 

 

Caster Semenya has been invited to compete in the Diamond League meeting in Rabat this weekend after initially being denied entry.

Semenya was again cleared to compete without restriction on Thursday when the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland (SFT) rejected an IAAF request to reimpose a new ruling limiting testosterone in female athletes.

The double Olympic 800 metres champion is challenging the IAAF's decision to introduce restrictions on testosterone levels in women competing at distances ranging from 400m to a mile.

Semenya should be free to run while she awaits an SFT verdict on her case, but was told on Tuesday that the president of the Moroccan Athletics Federation would not permit her to compete in Rabat on Sunday.

Race organisers backtracked after taking note of the SFT's refusal to reimpose the IAAF ruling.

A statement released by race organisers on Friday said: "After checking the situation of Caster Semenya in view of the decisions of the Swiss Federal Court, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the head of the sports centre and sports organisation of the international athletics meeting in Rabat, Mr. Alain Blondel, is happy to confirm her invitation to participate in the 800m race of the said meeting on Sunday 16 June 2019."

Semenya is also hoping to run in the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting in California on June 30.

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