Two time Asian Championships medalist MP Jabir set to compete along with Olympic Champion Rai Benjamin
MP Jabir who specialises in the 400m Hurdles is all set to compete in the event at the Doha Diamond League. The Event is on Friday i.e 13th May in the first leg. Jabir who is yet to breach the 50 second mark this season will look to do that in the high quality competition.
Jabir will become the first track athelete ever from India to compete at the prestigious event.
Source : Sportstar
The 400m Hurdles competition will see the national record holders Rai[Usa], Alison [Bra], Thomas [Irl], Kyron [Ivb] & Yasmani [Tur].
The world record stands at an unimaginable 45.94 by the great Norwegian Warholm while the meet record is 47.38 from Rai.
The Doha meet will see numerous Olympic champions plying their trade at the Qatar Sports Club, including Swedish pole vault star Mondo Duplantis, Canadian 200m champion Andre De Grasse, joint high jump champions Gianmarco Tamberi from Italy and homegrown hero Mutaz Barshim from Qatar.
Watch it live in India
The Athletics fans in India can now be elated that there will be live telecast of these events till atleast 2024.
The 400m Hurdles race is at 10:05 IST.
Sports18 has acquired rights for Wanda Diamond League to be broadcasted live on Sports18 until 2024.
The partnership will start from May 13 with live coverage of the Doha Diamond League meeting. The series will also be available on Voot.
About Diamond League
Started in 2010, the Diamond League is a series of top-tier track and field competitions held in different cities across the world. The events are hosted by World Athletics – the global governing body for track and field events. The 2022 Diamond League comprises 13 meetings, starting with the Doha event. This will end with the two-day Diamond League Final in Zurich (7th and 8th September).
It comprises of 32 Diamond Disciplines, following a championship style model. Athletes earn points at the meetings to qualify for the finale of their discipline. At each series meeting, athletes are awarded points between one and eight for ranking 1st to 8th, respectively.
The top six in the field events, the top eight for 100m-800m. The top 10 for 1500m and long distances qualify for the Final.
Indians at the Prestigious event
Vikas Gowda is the only Medal winner from India at the Diamond League when he achieved this feat at New York Diamond League in 2012.
Other Indians to compete at this prestigious event are Tokyo Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra , his team mate at the Tokyo Olympics Shivpal Singh and Annu Rani the third Javelin Thrower from India at the Tokyo games and National Record Holder.
Neeraj Chopra infact had made it to the Finals of Diamond League Event in 2018.
It will intresting to see if athletes like Murali Sreeshankar, Avinash Sable & Tajinder Toor get to participate at these events