The Doha meeting, the first round of the Diamond League in Athletics, is a strong competition in the 200 meters race, as well as a confrontation between the “friends”, Qatari Moataz Barshim and Italian Gianmarco Tampere in the high jump, in addition to the emergence of the world record holder in pole vault Arman Duplantis.
The Diamond League competitions returns to Doha on Friday, May 13, after a 248-day hiatus, and an exciting period of winter competitions inside a hall, where 6 Olympic champions who won gold at the Tokyo Olympics will participate in the Qatari capital, in addition to 7 gold champions at the World Athletics Championships in Qatar 2019 .
Athletes compete this year over 14 matches, including the Moroccan Rabat meeting on June 5, until September, the date of the final meeting in Zurich.
The Doha meeting will host competitions that would have been held in the Chinese meetings of Shanghai and Shenzhen, before they were canceled due to the repercussions of the Corona pandemic.
Britain’s Dina Ashersmith returns to the 200m
Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, 26, returns to her favorite distance of 200 meters, after the disappointment of her withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics due to a muscle injury, knowing that she returned and crowned the gold in the relay 4 times 100 meters with her country.
Smith faces in Doha, Gabriel Thomas, the bronze medalist of Tokyo, who is very fast this season, in addition to the holder of five Olympic medals, Jamaican Sherika Jackson. Namibian Olympic runner-up Christine Mboma is absent after being injured in Nairobi last week.
A tough fight against Canadian Andre de Grasse in the 200 metres
Canadian Andre de Grasse, Olympic gold holder, leads the men’s 200-meter race, as he faces a fiery competition from Americans Noah Lyles, Olympic bronze, and Olympic runner-up Fred Curley in the 100-meter race, who is able to shine between the 100 and 400 meters races.
De Grasse had a modest start to the season two weeks ago in Florida, clocking 20.67 seconds, but he could raise his pace in the first Diamond League meeting of the year.
The two golden friends meet again
The high jump competition brings together Qatari Moataz Barshim and Italian Gianmarco Tampere, who decided to share the gold in the Tokyo Olympics, in a moment of historic sportsmanship within the Games.
Barshim (30 years old), a two-time world champion, has not jumped since that time, while Tampere contented himself with an orphan participation in 2022, winning bronze in the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March.
The pole vault: Swede Armand Duplantis confident
Swede Armand Duplantis will start his season in Doha, hoping to prepare well for the only title he is missing in the World Championships, and the opportunity will be available to him in the US Eugene World Cup between 15 and 24 July.
The 22-year-old has so far won the Olympic gold last year, the 2018 indoor and 2021 European Championships, and improved his world record (6.20 m) a third time in March, after he removed in February 2020 the Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie from his throne, to dominate Explicitly on the pole vault competitions.
Duplantis, who hopes to improve his outdoor figure of 6.15 metres, said at the Belgrade meeting: “I want to break barriers and become a high-jumper on the big occasions. “.
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