Bekele, Cheruiyot, Dibaba and Jelimo top Doha bill - Samsung Diamond League

Samsung Diamond League 2012 Doha - Photo credit: Yomi Omogbeja

At a press conference today, top African runners Kenenisa Bekele, Vivian Cheruiyot, Genzebe Dibaba and Pamela Jelimo were among the headline acts announced for the first meeting of the 14-meeting Samsung Diamond League 2012 season which blasts off on Friday May 11 in Doha, Qatar.

Bekele (ETHIOPIA), the World record holder at both 5000m and 10,000m, has amassed 16 World titles on the track and in Cross Country and is the reigning Olympic champion at both distances. Cheruiyot (KENYA), is the reigning World 5000m and 10,000m champion following a stellar 2011 season in which she also become World Cross Country champion.

Dibaba (ETHIOPIA), after junior career World championship victories on the track and cross country, took her first senior World title over 1500m at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul last month to cap a superb indoor season. Jelimo (KENYA), the 2008 Olympic 800m champion, signalled a full comeback from injury this past indoor season which also culminated with her triumph in Istanbul.

Also confirmed today were Sudan’s two-time World Indoor 800m champion Abubaker Kaki who was a silver medallist last month in Doha, who will battle against Kenyan Alfred Kirwa Yego, 2007 World champion and Moroccan record holder Amine Laalou.

For more, read the full story on IAAF website

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Samsung Diamond League - 2012 Calendar

  1. Doha, QAT - 11 May
  2. Shanghai, CHN - 19 May
  3. Rome, ITA - 31 May
  4. Eugene, USA - 2 June
  5. Oslo, NOR - 7 June
  6. New York, USA - 9 June
  7. Paris, FRA - 6 July
  8. London, GBR - 13 / 14 July
  9. Monaco, MON - 20 July
  10. Stockholm, SWE - 17 August
  11. Lausanne, SUI - 23 August
  12. Birmingham, GBR - 26 August
  13. Zurich, SUI - 30 August
  14. Brussels, BEL - 7 September

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