Stars Shine In Diamond League Debut

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published May. 15, 2010

Season-opener in Doha features nine world-leading performances.

The IAAF Diamond League debuted in Doha last night, and the inaugural installment of this new summer series definitely didn’t disappoint.

Nine world-leading performances  highlighted the competition in the Quatari capital, led by Kenyans David Rudisha, Nancy Langat, Eliud Kipchoge and Ezekiel Kemboi in the distance races. Rudisha won the men’s 800 meters in meet-record time, crossing the finish line in 1:43.00 to outdistance countryman Asbel Kiprop.  In the women’s 1,500 meters, the Olympic champion Langat topped the field 4:01.63, also a meet record. Kipchoge got his season off to a solid start in the men’s 5,000 meters, winning in a personal best 12:51.21, while Kemboi took the win in the men’s steeplechase in 8:06.28.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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