Dubbed as the "World's Best Athletes' Showdown', the tenth edition of the annual IAAF Diamond League (IAAF DDL), a fourteen-leg series of track and field meetings, is happening this 3rd of May at the humongous Khalifa International Stadium.
The third edition to feature the new championship-style system, this year's Diamond League encompasses 32 individual Event Disciplines, with a points scoring ‘Diamond Race’ which runs throughout the 14 meeting series.
This year's IAAF DDL opener will be the tenth time that Qatar will host the prestigious one-day event. It will also be the first time that the 2019 opener will be held at one of Qatar's most iconic sports venue—the Khalifa International Stadium which will be the same location to host the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 later this year.
If you're as excited as we are, then you might want to scroll down for everything that you need to know about the 2019 IAAF DDL and the upcoming meetings that will follow Doha in the coming months!
The IAAF Diamond League is an annual series of elite track and field athletic competitions. It is composed of 14 of the best invitational track and field meetings in the world. The meetings are spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the USA, and compose the top tier of the IAAF’s global one-day meeting competition structure.
The IAAF Diamond League encompasses 32 Diamond Disciplines, following a championship style model. Athletes earn points at the qualification meetings to qualify for the final of their discipline.
The track and field disciplines for DDL 2019 are Hurdles, Discus Throw, Pole Vault, Steeplechase, Shot Put, High Jump, and Long Jump.
Each of the disciplines is staged six or four times before the Final. At each of the 14 qualification meetings, Athletes are awarded 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 points for ranking 1st to 8th respectively. The top 8 or 12 Athletes (depending on the discipline) will be awarded a start at the Final. In case of a tie, the best legal performance of the qualification phase wins.
Here's the schedule for the 2019 season:
The winner at the Final of each Diamond Discipline will become "IAAF Diamond League Champion" and be awarded a Diamond Trophy, USD 50,000 prize money, and a wild card for the IAAF World Championships (certain conditions apply).
Ever since the inaugural Diamond League season in 2010, opening meetings in Doha has always been held at the Qatar Sports Club.
On the tenth anniversary of the series, that is about to change, as this year's circuit kicks off at the bigger and more bombastic Khalifa International Stadium. The newly-renovated arena now holds 48,000 spectators and will be a key venue at the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup games.
Some of the global champions competing in the IAAF DDL on May 3 include the likes of Caterine Ibarguen, Tianna Bartoletta, Sam Kendricks, Brianna McNeal, and Sally Pearson.
A General Admission ticket per head is reasonably priced at 30 QAR each while the ones for the 'VIP Start Line' and 'VIP Finish Line' cost 80 and 150 QAR, respectively.
Tickets are available at QTickets. You can get yours HERE!
You can either subscribe to the IAAF DDL weekly newsletter HERE to get your weekly fix, with athlete announcements, updated standings and some of the week's crazier stories, delivered directly into your inbox. Or simply check out and keep a close eye on their website and social media links which you can find below!
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