Diamond League

IAAF Diamond League Fact File - 2014
Diamond League celebrations at Brussels

IAAF Diamond League

The 14-meeting IAAF Diamond League was introduced in 2010 to replace the IAAF Golden League, which had been held annually since 1998 and comprised just six events.

With the objective of enhancing the global appeal of athletics by venturing outside Europe for the first time, additional meetings in New York, Eugene, Doha and Shanghai were included along with four more European events.

Not only did this change raise the profile of athletics in certain regions of the world, it also lengthened the season, giving athletes the chance to test themselves earlier in the year. The first 2014 meeting will take place on Friday 9 May, less than three months before the athletics programme at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland gets underway on Saturday 27 July.

World Challenge

The IAAF World Challenge is a set of 15 athletics meetings launched to replace the outgoing IAAF Grand Prix - these events cover all major continents, bringing world-class athletics to countries such as Jamaica and Senegal. Over 50,000 people attend the Berlin meeting alone. View the full calendar


2014 Diamond League Series

 

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A total of 11 athletes were victorious in their own discipline in each of the first two seasons of the series, taking away the prestigious Samsung Diamond League Award in both 2010 and 2011. Five of these then went on to defend their 'title' in 2012, including four track athletes.

Diamond League winner 2010-2012 - Kaliese SpencerDiamond League winner 2010-2012 - Paul Kipsiele KoechDiamond League winner 2010-2012 - Milcah ChemosDiamond League winner 2010-2012 - Vivian Cheruiyot
Diamond League Legend - Kaliese SpencerDiamond League Legend - Paul Kipsiele KoechDiamond League Legend - Milcah ChemosDiamond League Legend - Vivian Cheruiyot
Diamond League winner 2010-2011 - Carmelita JeterDiamond League winner 2010-2011 - David RudishaDiamond League winner 2010-2011 - Imane MergaDiamond League - Did You Know
Diamond League Legend - Carmelita JeterDiamond League Legend - David RudishaDiamond League Legend - Imane Merga



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From these four athletes who won their own Samsung Diamond League discipline in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons, just one - Renaud Lavillenie, managed to win again during 2012 to become the only field athlete to be successful in all three years of the Diamond League so far.

Diamond League winner 2010-2012 - Renaud LavillenieDiamond League winner 2010-2011 - Blanka VlasicDiamond League winner 2010-2011 - Yarelys BarriosDiamond League winner 2010-2011 - Brittney Reese
Diamond League Legend - Renaud LavillenieDiamond League Legend - Blanka VlasicDiamond League Legend - Yarelys BarriosDiamond League Legend - Brittney Reese



Find out more about the IAAF Diamond LeagueVisit the World Challenge website for more information