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Posted On: 29 May 2021 10:01 am
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2021 Wanda Doha Diamond League witnesses new records

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The 2021 Diamond League for Athletics, was held on 28 May 2021 at the Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium in Qatar Sports Club, with the participation of a large number of Olympic and world champions, in the presence of H.E. President of the Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani.

The round achieved great success with the wide participation of the medal holders of the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, who will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

The Doha round witnessed the achievement of six new world records for 2021, four for men and two for women.

Femi Ogunode of Qatar won the 100m race with 10 seconds to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Chad's Youssouf Mahamat Goubaye came in second place with 10.26 seconds, followed by Qatar's Barrow Owaab in third place with 10.46 seconds.

In the High Jump Men competition, Ivanyuk Ilya came in first place with 2.33m followed by Qatar's Olympic and world champions Mutaz Barshim with 2.30m then Protsenko Andriy of Ukraine with 2.27m.

Second Vice-President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and President of the Qatar Athletics Federation Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari expressed his delight with the great success of the Doha round of the Diamond League, which took place today at Suhaim bin Hamad stadium at Qatar Sports Club with a record number of Olympic and World champions participating.

He said that the Doha document was a success in terms of the organization or the level of participation and competition. He thanked the President of QOC H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani for attending the round this year. He noted that the State of Qatar has once again proven to the world that it is capable of hosting major sporting events, adding that it is something that makes the committee proud.

2021 Wanda Doha Diamond League witnesses new records
Mutaz Barshim at the 2021 Wanda Doha Diamond League

For his part, Qatari Olympic champion Mutaz Barshim said that winning second place in the high jump competition today was satisfactory given it was his start to the season. He added that he always looks to achieve the best results, but maintained that it was still early in the season. He said that he will start a more focused preparation for the Olympics following the Rome round two weeks from now. He added that he hopes to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Source: QNA