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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