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Diamond League: Doha meeting as it happened


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By Peter Scrivener

1927: Thanks for your company and input this evening. The Diamond League moves on to Shanghai for the second leg of the 14-event series on Sunday, 15 May. Expect to see China's 110m hurdling icon Xiang Liu and 2010 World leader, David Oliver of the United States go against each other while Asafa Powell goes in the men's 100m. It's a date, right?

1920: And that's your lot from me. A good night of athletics with several outstanding performances. Walter Dix impressed in the 200m while Allyson Felix did enough in the women's 400m. Great stuff from Michael Rimmer in the 800m as well but the performance of the night for me was watching the next generation of Ethiopian distance running come to the fore. Hats off to Yenew Alamirew. He blew away a world class field and the five that trailed him home all ran personal bests.

1914: For his third attempt Ioannou shushes the crowd in a near-deserted stadium but he again smashes into the bar handing victory to Williams, who somewhat bizarrely decides to put his spikes back on and go for 2.37m. Perhaps fittingly he comes nowhere near clearing it and immediately waves to the officials to say he's content with winning on countback.

1910: Back to the high jump and a bit of gamesmanship from Williams. Ioannou knocks the bar off with his first attempt and Williams, as competition leader, has already removed his spikes. That means Ioannou has two more attempts to clear 2.35m and make the American jump again. The Cypriot works the crowd again as he sizes up his second attempt, but he crashes into it again.

From InfoStrada2012 on Twitter: "Yenew Alamirew's 7:27.26 in Doha is the fastest 3000m win since Kenenisa Bekele's 7:25.79 in Stockholm in Aug 2007."

1905: How long you got then? While we wait for the bar to be raised, why not take a look at the

1901: It's a bouncy approach but he clatters the bar with the small of his back. Big smiles though from the man who finishes third. Britain's Tom Parsons bowed out at 2.23m for the record. Ioannou is geeing the crowd along, who respond and in turn the Cypriot flies over the bar and lets out a scream of delight. Williams must clear to keep the event going...and the American is...OVER. "We're not going home yet," says Crammie.

1900: America's Jesse Williams is leading but is also yet to clear 2.33m. He smacks the bar with his bottom before ensuring it comes off by clipping it with his heels. All three are stuck on 2.33m but Williams is leading after he cleared 2.31m at the first attempt with Ioannou in second. Here comes Barshim for his final attempt...

1855: It's not quite all over in Doha. There's a fascinating high jump competition still going on down the far end of the stadium. Plenty of support for Qatar's Essa Barshim Mutaz but he fails for a second time at 2.33m. Kyriakos Ioannou of Cyprus is also left in but he jumps through the bar, rather than over it with his second attempt.

1851: Wow - what a finish. That was a truly tremendous piece of distance running by Alamirew, who turns 21 next month. His winning time was 7:27.26. The fast-finishing Edwin Cheruiyot came in second, nipping past his Kenyan team-mate Kipchoge on the line.

1848: And the Ethiopian Alamirew, who went 250m from home, blew the field apart and had a huge grin on his face as he eased to the victory. "2011 could be a very big year for this man and they're bouncing on the terraces here in Doha," gushed Cram. "He's as good as anybody to have come from his country." High praise when you consider the likes of Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie have gone before him.

1846: This is winding up for a tremendous finish as we go through the bell with Kipchoge leading a single file procession round the final lap. Here comes Augustine Choge though down the outside and suddenly Alamirew kicks to the front.

1845: Through 2,000m in exactly five minutes. The pacemaker drops off and Kipchoge takes it on with Thomas Longosiwa and Alamirew right behind him

1842: Alamirew scoots from the back of the pack up to the shoulder of the pacemaker down the back straight, clearly showing his intent, although Eliud Kipchoge remains near the front as they go through the first 1,000m in 2:30.

1840: Final race of the evening. Yenew Alamirew of Ethiopia is the man everyone is talking about, according to Crammie - and 19 athletes are off on their seven-and-a-half lap race.

1835: Time to wrap up the triple jump and Tamgho's second-round effort of 17.49m proved enough to win the event by a massive 40cm from Leevan Sands of the Bahamas. Cuba's Alexis Copello was the only other man over 17m with a leap of 17.05m to take third.

1830: The 200m is away....and finished...LaShauntea Moore is first over the line in 22.83 seconds. The American led into the final 100m and was fighting for the line as her team-mate Charonda Williams closed in for second.

1827: Just two races left on the track. The women's 200m will be followed by the men's 3,000m in the next 10 minutes or so.

1824: With one lap remaining Steve Cram says this is anybody's race. Somewhat ominously pre-race favourite Silas Kiplagat moves on to the shoulder of Nixon Chepseba and with 200m to go Crammie thinks he has the measure of his fellow Kenyan, but Chepseba holds on to win in 3:31.85. "Goodness me that is a surprise," said Cram. "Kenya just keep on producing them. That's a big, big scalp for Chepseba."

1822: A non-Diamond League race on the track right now. A men's 1500m race, featuring no fewer than nine Kenyans in the 12-strong field.

From AlibobWilliams on Twitter: "Are Steve Cram and Tim Hutchings trying to out-knowledge each other?! Great commentary anyway!"

1817: Over to the triple jump in time to see Tamgho amble down the runway before hopping, skipping and jumping his way to 17.49m. A tremendous effort by the Frenchman who was clearly looking at the distance he had jumped before landing.

1814: Three Kenyans have left the field with Milcah Chemos Cheywa pushing Rotich at the front and the long-time leader makes a hash of the final water jump as Mercy Wanjiku Njoroge comes past her. Cheywa times her leap over the final barrier to perfection though and she sprints away from Njoroge who was slightly more hesitant to win in 9:16.44 with a tired-looking Rotich finishing third.

1810: Pacemaker Juravel bows out after five minutes of the steeplechase leaving Kenya's Lydia Rotich leading the pack round. The women employing a delightful flick of the legs as they skip over the barriers.

From michaeljmarsh on Twitter: "Enjoying first #DL meeting of the season, good run from Michael Rimmer. Was hoping for a @followlolo win in the 100mH though

1805: The action shows no sign of letting up in Doha. The women's 3,000m steeplechasers are next out and the bouncy style of pacemaker Oxana Juravel immediately stretches the field out.

1800: The American came off the bend level with Qatar's Femi Ogunode and Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure but powered away down the last 100m to win by several metres from Ogunode and Saidy Ndure in a time of 20.06 seconds. Dix punches the air and is clearly delighted with his time. So too is Steve Cram who says: "It isn't pretty at times but Dix gets the job done and in any season that is a good performance to begin with." Ogunode can be chuffed too as he sets a new national record of 20.30 in front of his home fans.

1758: WALTER DIX WINS 200m

1755: Here's Teddy. First pictures of the 21-year-old triple jumper who is just starting out in his event. Men's 200m coming up as well with Olympic bronze medallist Walter Dix in action.

1750: Ukraine's Anna Mishchenko makes a break with 250m remaining and runs away from the field to win in the world's quickest time of the year in 4:03.01. A smiling Mischchenko finished a good 10m ahead of Kenya's Irene Jelagat and Morocco Siham Hilali.

1747: The women are off and running in the 1500m. No British interest but Steve Cram waxing lyrical about Ethiopian Tizita Bogale, saying she is definitely one to watch this season among a growing group of improving Africans.

1745: Time for a quick catch-up from the field events. The United States' Funmi Jimoh wins the women's long jump with a world leading mark for 2011 of 6.88m beating Brazil's Maurren Higa Maggi by just a centimetre with Russia's Anna Nazarova taking third with a leap of 6.77m.

It's good news for a Briton
1741: Kiprop, the 1500m Olympic champion was eager to get by the pacemaker who took them through 400m in around 50 seconds - Rimmer followed the Kenyan round the top bend and managed to hold off the rest of the field to come home in a tremendous second place. Kiprop won in 1:44.74 with Rimmer posting 1:45.12, prompting Steve Cram to say: "That was a pretty good performance from Michael Rimmer for his first 800m of the year."


1735: Men's 800m next up on track - Britain's Michael Rimmer among the nine starters.

From Tom Fright on Twitter: "Any chance of #bbcathletics showing us the 400m hurdles race as the "technical hitch" meant we've missed it :(!
It's getting clipped up as I type and will be available shortly - I'll keep you posted.

1729: Wells equals her personal best to win in 12.58 seconds. Lolo Jones trails home in third after what Steve Cram calls an average start. Danielle Carruthers splits the two to make it a US 1-2-3 - France's Gomis? She was eighth.


1723: While the athletes are introduced, a quick catch-up from the event we missed due to gremlins in the system. South Africa's Louis J van Zyl won the men's 400m hurdles in a meeting record of 48.11 seconds beating compatriot Cornel Fredericks who came home in 48.43. American Bershawn Jackson was edged out into third, finishing in a season's best time of 48.44. Britain's Richard Yates came home in sixth out of seven in a time of 50.34.

1720: What chances a US 1-2-3 in the next event on track? It's the women's 100m hurdles, featuring America's Lolo Jones. In fact, it's almost an entirely American field with France's Sandra Gomis the only intruder.

1718: Commonwealth champion Dylan Armstrong wins the shot put with 21.38m in the final round - Cantwell, surprisingly down in fifth with 20.79m

1715: FELIX WINS 400m. She went off pretty quickly and laboured a little through the middle part of the race before holding off Botswana's Amantle Montsho in the back straight. Her time of 50.33 seconds is the fastest in the world this year. Win number five in Doha over 400m for the diminutive American.

1712: The women's 400m runners are out on track. It's Felix-time. The American is going in lane four.

1708: Apologies - a couple of minor technical issues and we've missed a bit of the action, but if you refresh your page, you'll get live TV pictures from Doha. Magic.

1656: So, with live pictures a couple of minutes away, time to turn our attention to the first event on the schedule...the men's 400m hurdles. America's Bershawn Jackson won this event in Doha last year on his way to six Diamond League victories but he has two South Africans to worry about. LJ van Zyl set a new national record of 47.66 seconds while Cornel Fredericks (48.14) obliterated his personal best earlier this year. Britain's Richard Yates is also in the blocks.

1650: Some of the field events are already underway in the Hamad Bin Suhaim Stadium. France's Renaud Lavillenie, who won the pole vault DLT last season, is in action as is America's shot put world champion Christian Cantwell who has won 26 of his last 29 competitions. Cantwell is fourth after the first couple of rounds though - former world champ Reese Hoffa leading the way with 21.27m

Text in your views on 81111
1647: Of course, I'm going to need a pacemaker for this three-hour live text. Any volunteers out there? I want to know where you see the surprises coming this evening. Will anyone fell Felix, topple Teddy or beat Bershawn? To get involved use Twitter (via hashtag #bbcathletics ) or text me on 81111 (UK) with ATHLETICS before your message.

1644: Britain's outdoor world champion Phillips Idowu is missing from the triple jump line-up, leaving Tamgho, who returns to the city where he won the world indoor title last year with a then world-record leap of 17.90m, as favourite in Doha. Here's the best of the rest to look out for.

1642: Just the three Brits in action across the 16 events this evening. High jumper Tom Parsons and 800m runner Michael Rimmer begin their events at 1707 BST and 1735 respectively, while 400m hurdler Richard Yates is first up on the track at 1703.

1638: The 2010 double Diamond League Trophy (DLT) champ Felix is the main attraction. The American, who pocketed both the 200m and 400m titles last year, has form in Doha, having won four times over the distance in the Qatari capital. Will she win again? Her event goes off at 1713 BST.

1635: Good afternoon all and welcome to coverage of the first of 14 Diamond League meetings this summer. Crammie is all set in Doha and will be commentating on the action which will be televised on the BBC Red Button and this website from 1700 BST for those of you lucky enough to be living in the UK.

1634: We've got three-time 200m world champion Allyson Felix racing in the 400m, a distance over which she was unbeaten last year. World number one Bershawn Jackson in the 400m hurdles, Walter Dix, who won 100m and 200m Olympic bronze in Beijing, going in the 200m, France's 21-year-old triple jump sensation Teddy Tamgho and Lolo Jones going in the women's 100m hurdles.

Steve Cram
1630: If Steve Cram can get excited about today's first Diamond League meeting of the season, then I see no reason why you can't too.

see also
Dix wins at Diamond League opener
07 May 11 |  Athletics
Cram relishes Bolt challenge
06 May 11 |  Athletics
Ones to watch in Doha
06 May 11 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics

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