Four of Canada’s top five internationally decorated women’s sprint hurdlers will be in action today at the 2012 Diamond League series kick off in Doha, Qatar. Perdita Felicien of Pickering, Ont., Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., Nikkita Holder of Pickering, Ont., and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Whitby, Ont., will all be in the same race in […]
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Dylan Armstrong wins Diamond League title Ottawa — Dylan Armstrong from Kamloops, B.C., won the 2011 shot put Diamond League title today in Brussels, Belgium. Armstrong will receive a 4-carat diamond trophy and a $ 40,000 cash prize for winning the series title. Final Diamond League shot put standings Rank Athlete Nationality Points 1. Dylan Armstrong […]
OTTAWA — The world’s finest track and field athletes gather this Friday September 16 in Brussels, Belgium to crown the remaining 2011 Diamond League champions as the series comes to a close. The winners receive a 4-carat diamond trophy and a $ 40,000 (US) cash prize. Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., holds a 9 point lead […]
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The IAAF Samsung Diamond League encompasses 32 individual event disciplines, with a points scoring ‘Diamond Race’ which runs throughout the 14 meeting series. In the inaugural season, Americans won 11 of the 32 Diamond Races. Winners of each Diamond Race will get a Diamond Trophy and a cash prize. For more details on the league, visit here.
Live web coverage starts at 2:00 p.m. ET on UniversalSports.com, with TV coverage at 10:00 p.m. ET on Universal Sports.
With nine of the ten best shot putters in the world coming together to compete in Rome, the men are sure to put on a show. Americans Christian Cantwell, Reese Hoffa, Adam Nelson, Ryan Whiting and Cory Martin will face-off with the current world leader, Canadian Dylan Armstrong.
The marquee event for the women is sure to be the 400m, as last year’s #1 ranked 400m runner Allyson Felix faces 2009 World Champion, Sanya Richards-Ross. While Richards-Ross was out of competition for much of 2010, upcoming star Francena McCorory had time to make her mark on the sport and end the year ranked as the third best 400m in the US. by Track & Field News. American Debbie Dunn will run her first individual 400 of the year after a successful 2010 campaign where she won the USA Indoor, USA Outdoor and Indoor World Championships. The top international contender is Amantle Montsho of Botswana who finished second to Felix at the Doha Diamond League event in 50.41.
Felix and Richards-Ross will face off for the second time of the night in the women’s 200m where they will face competition from LaShaunte’a Moore who is currently in the lead in the diamond race after winning in Doha. American’s Bianca Knight, Charonda Williams and Connie Moore are also in the field.
Funmi Jimoh and reigning world champion Brittney Reese are entered in the women’s long jump. Jimoh currently has the farthest jump in the world this year with her mark of 6.88m/22-7 to win the first Diamond League event of the year in Doha.
The men’s 400m hurdles will see Americans Kerron Clement, Johnny Dutch, Justin Gaymon and Angelo Taylor battle with Russian L.J. van Zyl who has turned in the three fastest times in the world this year.
In what is sure to be a crowd favorite, World Record Holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica will make his season debut in the 100m. The USA contingent set to race Bolt includes Monzavous Rae Edwards and J-Mee Samuels.
The American women have been on a roll in the 100m hurdles in 2011, with the nine fastest times in the world being turned in by seven American women. Kellie Wells will face off with the woman who ended her winning streak, Dawn Harper. Harper defeated Wells at the Colorful Daegu meet less than two weeks ago. Wells and Harper will be joined in the field by Danielle Carruthers, Lolo Jones and Ginne Powell-Crawford.
Other women to watch are American Record holder Kara Patterson in the javelin, Aretha Thurmond and Becky Breisch in the discuss, Sara Hall and Bridget Franek in the steeple and Christin Wurth-Thomas in the 1500m. On the men’s side, Derek Miles is in the pole vault, and Duane Solomon and Khadevis Robinson are in the 800m.
For more information and live results of the Rome Golden Gala, visit here.
In other international competitions, a handful of American field eventers will compete at the IAAF World Challenge Meet in Brazil tomorrow.
In the women’s long jump Janay DeLoach, the 2011 USA Indoor Champion, and Brianna Glen will face the 2008 Olympic champion, Maurren Maggi. Kylie Hutson will also have to face a reigning Olympic champion, as she will vault against Fabiana Murer.
Amber Campbell is entered in the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, for the women’s competition, and recent USATF Athlete of the Week, Kibwé Johnson is a threat on the men’s side with a recent PR of 80.09m/269-9.
Dusty Jonas, currently 4th on the world lists, highlights the men’s high jump field.
Allyson Felix enters the 2011 Samsung Diamond League series with two diamonds to her name as last year’s champion in both the 200 and 400m. She will begin her journey to add to her diamond collection this Friday, in Doha, Qatar in the 400m.
The IAAF Samsung Diamond League encompasses 32 individual event disciplines, with a points scoring ‘Diamond Race’ which runs throughout the 14 meeting series. In the inaugural season, Americans won 11 of the 32 Diamond Races. Winners of each Diamond Race will get a Diamond Trophy and a cash prize. For more details on the league, click here.
Live web coverage starts at noon ET on UniversalSports.com, with TV coverage at 8:00 p.m. ET on Universal Sports.
While Felix looks to double in the 200/400 later this year at the world championships, she will start the year specializing in the 400m at Doha. Felix has every reason to expect another victory after having nabbed nine Doha wins through the years, including the meet record of 49.83 in 2008. Felix has run four relay legs so far in 2011, but this will be her first individual race of the year. Her top competitors include fellow American Monica Hargrove, Britain’s former world silver medallist Nicola Sanders and Muriel Hurtis-Houairi of France, a world indoor champion over 200m back in 2003.
It’s Russia versus USA in the women’s 200m, where 2010 US champion Connie Moore leads a quartet of Americans against European bronze medallist Aleksandra Fedoriva. Moore ran a nifty 22.40 to win the US title last year while Fedoriva’s PR is only a fraction slower at 22.41. The Russian won an Olympic relay gold in 2008 and she’ll be joined in Doha by her compatriot, Elizabeta Savlinis, who has a best of 23.20.
Moore will be joined by her namesake, LaShauntea Moore, a world youth champ back in 1999 and world finalist in 2007. The 27-year-old was in good form last year when she clocked a 100m PR of 10.97, while her 200 best of 22.46 stems from 2007.
The two other Americans joining the action are Alexandria Anderson and ChaRonda Williams. Anderson is better known as a hurdler, while Williams – a world championship semi-finalist in 2009 – has already run 22.85 this year.