2017 IAAF Diamond League season kicks off in Doha.
“Starting the season with a season best makes me feel so good, knowing that my training paid off. I’m looking forward to better results the rest of the season.”
Meanwhile in the 400m, Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas continued his strong early season form with a time of 44.60 and victory over 2015 world silver medallist and Rio 2016 bronze medallist, La Shawn Merritt of the USA, who ran a season’s best of 44.78.
In the Men’s 1500m, the Kenyan fans in the stadium erupted when Elijah Mannangoi ran a world latest time of 3:31 in a race dominated by the Kenyans, who took the top five places. Silas Kiplagat came second and Bethwell Birgen with season’s best times of 3.32.23 and 3.32.27 respectively. He said:
“It was a wonderful, impressive first race this season. I feel I’m in good shape.”
The women’s 800m saw Olympic and World Champion Caster Semenya dominate with a world-latest time and meeting record of 1.56.61. Ethiopia’s World 1500m Champion, Genzebe Dibaba got a huge reception from Doha’s Ethopian community but had to settle for fifth in her first attempt and the shorter distance. Speaking afterwards, Dibaba said:
“The race was fantastic, the field is great. I’m looking forward to having great races, my only concer now is to finish my stufies. I’m left with two semesters, so need to graduate and get my focus back on the track”.
The men’s high jump and men’s javelin is currently underway, with home favourite Mutaz Barshim hoping to be victorious.