World champion Piotr Malachowski of Poland led qualifying in the men’s discus in the morning session of the first day at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with 65.89m on his second attempt. Joining Malachowski as the only other automatic qualifier was Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger, also in the first group, at 65.86m.
Athletissima organisers have confirmed that several winners from the recent European Championships will be in action at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on 25 August.
All three of Poland’s reigning world champions – Piotr Malachowski, Pawel Fajdek and Anita Wlodarczyk – produced impressive performances at the three-day Polish Championships which finished on Sunday (26).
In Rome a few days ago, one of the questions posed to Mutaz Essa Barshim was about his health and the lack of heights coming close to those he produced back in 2014, when he came within two centimetres of Javier Sotomayor’s long-standing world high jump record of 2.45m.
Last June, Almaz Ayana clocked an African all-comers' 3000m record of 8:22.22 in Rabat and her recent win over the same distance on Doha in 8:23.11 prompts the question, how fast can she run over 5000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in the Moroccan city on Sunday (22)?
Tia Brooks twice improved on her personal best to win the shot put at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha with 19.48m and become the first winner of a Diamond Race discipline in 2016 after she managed an upset victory on Friday (6).
With the likes of Valerie Adams, Yarisley Silva, Caterine Ibarguen and Piotr Malachowski among the latest names confirmed for the Meeting International Mohammed VI, it means there will be 29 global champions past and present set to compete at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat on 22 May.
World champions Piotr Malachowski, Christina Schwanitz and Katharina Molitor will lead their respective fields at the Doha 2016 Meeting on Friday 6 May, the opening meeting the seventh season of the IAAF Diamond League.