Doha Diamond League 2020 ended with 8 records, including 2 world best achievements this season.
Doha is the final stage of the prestigious Diamond League athletics tournament series in 2020. The capital of Qatar is also the venue for the 2019 World Championships Athletics Championship with great hosting experience.
Two of the best World Championships (WL) season performances belong to the Kenyan female athletes in the 800m and 3000m running events.
Faith Kipyegon, the defending female Olympic champion of 1,500m, competed in the 800m and excelled in setting the best record in the world this year with a time of 1 minute 57 seconds 68 (1: 57.68). This is the second 800m competition and after a 3-year hiatus for Kipyegon, because she is an expert at 1,500m.
With this impressive achievement, Kipyegon is a bright candidate for the gold medal in both the 800m and 1500m events at the Tokyo Olympics next year. With Russian athletes banned for doping and world champion Caster Semenya (South Africa) not participating because of the same high level of hormones as men the 800m content promises to “open the door ”for many other athletes.
Another WL was established in the female 3000m content. The 5000m world champion in 2017 and 2019 Hellen Obiri excelled when it finished at 8: 22.54. The Kenyan star born in 1989 defeated Agnes Tirop, the 2019 world 10000m bronze medal (8: 22.92) and the world record 3000m of female obstacle Beatrice Chepkoech (8: 22.92, bronze medal).
In the men’s 1500m content, 25-year-old Stewart McSweyn broke the Australian national record with a record of 3: 30.51. Old record 3: 31.09 previously belonged to teammate Ryan Gregson, who also participated in the race in Doha this time.
Stewart McSweyn broke the Australian national record for a 1500m men’s run
Some other notable achievements in Doha Diamond League:
– Armand Duplantis (Sweden) won a gold medal for men’s pole jump with 5m82 mark.
– Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk (Ukraine) women’s long jump championship: 6m91.
– Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (Kenya) won the gold medal of 800m male: 1: 44.16.
– Elaine Thompson-Herah (Jamaica) won 100m female: 10.87.
– Aaron Mallet (USA) won the men’s 110m championship: 13.15.
– Payton Chadwick (USA) women’s 100m fencing gold medal 12.78.