The journey begins in the Qatari capital, Doha, five months of ahead of the season finale at the IAAF World Championships.
It is a very long journey back to the Middle East too, as the choice of Doha for the global championships has pushed it back to late September due to climate issues.
The 10th edition of the IAAF Diamond League is again likely to see some of the best athletics of the whole season and the emergence of new stars.
The season-opener in Doha on Friday (May 3) will take place, for the first time, in the Khalifa Stadium, which will host the World Championships.
Dina Asher-Smith from Britain had a memorable 2018 in which she won three European titles, and in Doha she will look to get her international season off to a flying start over the half-lap. However, last year’s world No.1 will have a tough challenge against Phyllis Francis of the United States, among others. Shannon Hylton joins her fellow Briton in the field.
Also in action in Doha will be Britain’s Lorraine Ugen and Shara Proctor in the long jump, Meghan Beesley in the 400m hurdles and Charlie Myers in the pole vault, plus Kenya’s Hellen Obiri and Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in the 3000m, and USA’s Brianna McNeal and Sharika Nelvis in the sprint hurdles.
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