Two weeks to go to the start of 2012 Samsung Diamond League

Monaco – April 27, 2012: Two weeks from today at the Qatar Sports Club Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Friday 11 May, the opening meeting of the 2012 Samsung Diamond League takes place heralding the start of the third season of the sport’s top invitational circuit of meetings. In total the 14 meeting global series offers a total of 8 Million USD in prize money.

Doha holds a very special place in the history of the Samsung Diamond League as it was the first ever meeting to be staged within the series, and each year acts as a figurative as well as a literal starting line for the world’s best athletes as they commence their season long campaigns to win Diamond Race Trophies across 32 event disciplines.

Winners of each Diamond Race receive a 40,000 USD cash prize and a spectacular Diamond Trophy, a reward for their season long consistency.

After only two seasons it is clear that the challenge is already one of the hardest in world sport let alone Athletics, as only 11 athletes have managed to win and retain the Diamond Race title in their respective event(s).

Diamond Race winners in 2010 and 2011


800m David Rudisha (KEN)

5000m Imane Merga (ETH)

3000m Steeplechase Paul Kipsiele Koech (KEN)

Pole Vault Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)


100m Carmelita Jeter (USA)

5000m Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)

3000m Steeplechase Milcah Chemos Cheiywa (KEN)

400m Hurdles Kaliese Spencer (JAM)

High Jump Blanka Vlašic (CRO)

Long Jump Brittney Reese (USA)

Discus Throw Yarelis Barrios (CUB)

Samsung Diamond League – 2012 Calendar

Doha, QAT – 11 May

Shanghai, CHN – 19 May

Rome, ITA – 31 May

Eugene, USA – 2 June

Oslo, NOR – 7 June

New York, USA – 9 June

Paris, FRA – 6 July

London, GBR – 13 / 14 July

Monaco, MON – 20 July

Stockholm, SWE – 17 August

Lausanne, SUI – 23 August

Birmingham, GBR – 26 August

Zurich, SUI – 30 August

Brussels, BEL – 7 September

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