Monday 22 July, 2019

Omar McLeod switches to 200m for Doha Diamond League

Omar McLeod of Jamaica, the World and Olympic champion in the 110m hurdles.

Omar McLeod of Jamaica, the World and Olympic champion in the 110m hurdles.

Omar McLeod of Jamaica, the World and Olympic champion in the 110m hurdles,  will be making an intriguing switch to the longer dash on Friday when he competes in the first meeting of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League in Doha.

McLeod is among five Jamaicans  listed on the provisional entry lists to compete in Doha. McLeod is down to compete in the men's 200 metres, which also includes another Jamaican -  Rasheed Dwyer.

The field also includes world champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey,  Olympic silver medallist Andre De Grasse of Canada, 2017 Diamond League Champion Noah Lyles of the USA, and world bronze medallist Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.

Elaine Thompson headlines the Jamaicans in action.

Thompson is down to compete in the women’s 100m, which promises to be one of the highlights of the evening.

Thompson, the 100m reigning Olympic champion, will go head to head with reigning 200m world champion and Olympic silver medallist Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands, 2017 world silver medallist in the 100m and 200m Marie-Josée Tao Lou of Ivory Coast and fellow country-woman Murielle Ahouré, the 2018 world indoor champion over 60m.

Thompson, who in Rio became the first woman in 28 years to win the Olympic sprint double, was unbeatable in last year’s Diamond League series to be crowned 2017 Diamond League champion. However, Thompson finished a surprise fifth at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 with Ta Lou, Schippers and Ahouré finishing ahead of her in silver, bronze and fourth positions respectively, ensuring a fascinating showdown at this year’s Doha Diamond League.

Thompson's Jamaican teammate Jura Levy is also listed to compete.

 The other Jamaican down to compete is Danielle Williams, who won the gold medal at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China.

JAMAICANS IN ACTION AT DOHA

Women's 100m - 11:26 am
Jura Levy
Elaine Thompson

Women 100m hurdles - 12:15 pm
Danielle Williams

Men's 200m - 12:36 pm
Rasheed Dwyer
Omar McLeod

2018 IAAF Diamond League calendar
4 May – Doha, QAT
12 May – Shanghai, CHN
26 May – Eugene, USA
31 May – Rome, ITA
7 Jun – Oslo, NOR
10 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
30 Jun – Paris, FRA
5 Jul – Lausanne, SUI
13 Jul – Rabat, MAR
20 Jul – Monaco, MON
21-22 Jul – London, GBR
18 Aug – Birmingham, GBR
30 Aug – Zurich, SUI
31 Aug – Brussels, BEL

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