Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Diamond League track series drops 3 less popular events

Jamaica's Shanieka Ricketts won the women's triple jump Diamond League title this season.  The Diamond League series is dropping discus, triple jump and the 3,000 metres steeplechase as official points-scoring events due to fading interest from fans.

Jamaica's Shanieka Ricketts won the women's triple jump Diamond League title this season. The Diamond League series is dropping discus, triple jump and the 3,000 metres steeplechase as official points-scoring events due to fading interest from fans.

Track and field's global Diamond League series is dropping discus, triple jump and the 3,000 metres steeplechase as official points-scoring events due to fading interest from fans.

The IAAF governing body says the 200 metres will also be skipped next year due to tight schedules for athletes in the Tokyo Olympics season.

The four events will still be included at some of the 14 regular meetings, though not the September 11 finals at Zurich.

It's part of a Diamond League revamp to include the most popular events — topped by the 100 metres, long jump and high jump — and fewer long-distance races in a shorter, 90-minute broadcast package.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe says the aim is "a faster-paced, more exciting global league ... that broadcasters want to show and fans want to watch."

Athletes in discus, triple jump and steeplechase will have more chances to earn prize money in a new Continental Tour of second-tier meetings.

Two Jamaicans won Diamond League titles this season.

Shanieka Ricketts produced a thrilling upset win over world champion Yulimar Rojas in the women's triple jump to win her first IAAF Diamond League title in Zurich, while Danielle Williams also won her first Diamond League title in women's 100m hurdles in Brussels.

Both earned a Diamond Trophy and its accompanying US$50,000 winner’s top prize.

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