TOP 5 Female Performance at 2019 IAAF Diamond League
The international athletics season commenced as the 10th edition of 2019 IAAF Diamond League was unveiled on the 3rd of May 2019 in Doha, Qatar. The annual 14-leg series of track and field meetings was held at Khalifa Stadium. It also happens to be the 3rd edition featuring the new Championship-Style System. Top international athletes displayed their prowess to win their respective events in style and with confidence.
In total, 14 events were competed, 7 each by men and women at the first stage of 2019 IAAF Diamond League. The next meeting will be set on fire on the 18th of May 2019 at Shanghai, China. In 2019, there will be 14 Diamond League meetings. The penultimate meeting will be held in Brussels on the 6th of September 2019.
Johnny D picks the ‘Top 5 Performance’ of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League first meeting in Doha.
DINA Asher-Smith: 200m
Dina Asher-Smith, the European sprint double champion displayed great form to triumph over the 200m clocking 22,26s. Dina was the hot favourite to win and she did not disappoint the packed stadium. She got to a blistering start and led the race from the very beginning to storm well ahead of the rest of the field to clinch the Gold medal.
The Briton was followed by Dutch sprinter Jamile Samuel, who clocked 22.90s to clinch the second spot. Nigerian Blessing Okagbare finished third with a timing of 23.14s. The race began with a false start from Shannon Hylton, who was disqualified in her first appearance at the Diamond League meeting. Dina Asher-Smith dominated the race right from the start.
Dina revealed after the race, “I didn't know what to expect in my first race of the season, but I ran faster than I thought I would, so I'm really happy. I ran a good race technically and this is a beautiful arena. I am so glad I came here.” Dina Asher-Smith is just 23 and has shown a promising career in the sprint events in coming years.
In the 2018 Season, Dina Asher-Smith won the 100m Gold in Berlin. She won the 200m European title and became the first British sprinter to clock under-22 seconds. She is one of the dominant sprinters in the world. Born in Orpington, London on the 4th of December 1995, Dina had shown immense talent winning the 200m title at the 2013 European Junior. Dina Asher-Smith became the fastest woman at the 2014 World Junior Championships winning the 100m title.
In July 2015, she became the first British woman to legally run the 100m dash under 11 seconds. At the 2015 World Championships, Dina broke the 31-year-old Kathy Cook’s 200m British record. It was a blistering race and Dina managed to finish fifth. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she missed the podium finish in the 200m, finishing fifth among the fiercely competitive field. At the 2017 World Championships, she inched closer to the victory podium finishing fourth in the 200m final.
Dina Asher-Smith holds the British records in the 100 and 200m sprints with a time of 10.85s and 21.89s respectively. She is a rising talent.
HELLEN Obiri: 3,000m
Kenyan Hellen Obiri has had a spectacular 2019 Season so far winning all the five Cross Country races, she has participated in. On the 30th of March 2019, she won her World Cross Country Championships debut race clocking 36:14 at Aarhus, Denmark. After the win, Obiri disclosed, “I knew this is my last Cross Country and first World Cross Country Championships. So, I decided maybe to work extra hard and get that gold. So now, I am happy.”
Obiri happens to be the only woman athlete to win World titles in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor track events. Ethiopian Keninisa Bekele is the first male athlete to do so.
Obiri has dominated the 3,000m event and developed arch rivalry with Dibaba over the past years. At the 2019 Diamond League in Doha, the 3,000m race was an epic showdown of the duo. As soon as the race started, Obiri placed herself behind the two pacers and ran with confidence. With three laps to go, the field saw a spurt of challenges from Tsegay, Dibaba, Gloriah Kite and others.
Just before the last lap bell, Obiri outclassed every challenge to sprint ahead of the field. Genzebe Dibaba gave her best, but Obiri did not give her any room to overtake her. Her pace was too hot to handle as Obiri stamped her dominance with great confidence and sensational style clocking 8:25:61. It was the fastest time this year. Obiri enthused after her win, “The final lap was very tough, but I have always posted a good result in the final 100 metres.”
In 2019 Season, the Kenyan star has remained undefeated in the last 6 races, 5 of them being World Cross Country. The Kenyan spectators were enthralled and cheered her with thunderous applause and cheer. Hellen Obiri was born in Kisii, Kenya on the 13th of December 1989. She happens to be the current 5,000m World Champion having clocked 14:34:86 at the 2017 World Championships in London.
DANIELLE Williams: 100m Hurdles
The 100m-hurdles was a tight race. However, Jamaican 2015 World Champion Danielle Williams forged ahead of the field to cross the tape first clocking 12.66s. Nigerian Tobi Amusan and American Sharika Nelvis clocked 12.73s and 12.78s respectively to finish second and third behind Williams.
Danielle Williams was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica on the 14th of September 1992. She shot to fame, when Danielle won the Under-20 100m hurdles at the 2010 Central American and Carribean Junior Championships. Five years later, at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, Danielle Williams won the Gold medal clocking her personal best of 12.57s.
At the 2019 Diamond League in Doha, Williams announced her great comeback after the 2015 World Championships title win. Williams has worked and trained hard for this season. It will be interesting to watch her in coming months, how she would fare in 2019.
DALILAH Muhammad: 400m Hurdles
American hurdler Dalilah Muhammad ran a perfect race to win the 400m hurdles at the 2019 Diamond League on the 3rd of May 2019. She got off the starting blocks perfectly to stabilize her momentum and gain a comfortable lead in the first 200 metres. Dalilah picked up her pace and switched gears like a pro to lead the pack. None of her competitors could match her speed. She clocked 53.61s to win the Gold medal.
Dalilah’s 53.61s equals the meet record and the fastest Season’s debut of her career. The 2016 Rio Olympic Champion exclaimed in joy, “I am happy with the performance here tonight and it is good to have a feel of the tracks for the World Championships! The weather was great and the fans were fantastic.” Country woman Ashley Spencer finished second clocking 54.72s to make it 1-2 for America. Ukrainian Anna Ryzhykova was third with 54.82s.
Dalilah Muhammad was born in New York on the 7th of February 1990. She shot to fame in 2009, when she won the USA Junior Track and Field Championships clocking 57.32s in Eugene, Oregon. In 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Dalilah registered her major win. Three years later at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Dalilah won her first Olympic Gold medal with her spectacular performance of 53.13s.
Dalilah Muhammad’s win at the 2019 Diamond League is her first in the last three years. At 29, she has trained hard to announce her comeback to her rivals.
YAROSLAVA Mahuchikh: High Jump
The 17-year-young sensation from Ukraine, Yaroslava Mahuchikh stunned the experienced field of High Jump at the 2019 Diamond League’s first stage at Doha in her first-ever appearance at the Diamond League. She cleared 1.96m in her second attempt to win the title and the Gold medal. Bulgarian Mirela Demireva failed to clear 1.96m in her three attempts to settle for the Silver medal.
Yaroslava Mahuchikh has risen to stardom at the age of 15 to win the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Nairobi clearing 1.92m. She has maintained an impeccable record of winning the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival at Gyor with 1.89m clearance. In the year 2018, Yaroslava repeated her winning performance at the European Junior Championships by clearing 1.94m.
Yaroslava has been improving her performance with leaps and bounds. At the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, she bettered her own mark by clearing 1.95m to win the Gold medal.
This year, Yaroslava has raised the bar higher to win her two Gold medals. On the 26th of January 2019, Yaroslava Mahuchikh established a new World Junior Record indoors by clearing a height of 1.99m in Hustopece, Czech Republic. On the 3rd of May 2019, she cleared 1.96m to win her first Gold of Diamond League in Doha, Qatar.
Yaroslava Oleksiivna Mahuchikh was born in Ukraine on the 19th of September 2001. The teenager has established her reputation on the international stage with her calm and composed demeanour. Her opponents have started to respect her stature in the competitive field.