Russell headlines 3 Jamaicans to compete at Doha Diamond League
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Janieve Russell headlines three Jamaicans who are listed on the provisional entry lists for the first meeting of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League, in Doha on Friday.
Russell and Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad from the United States will renew their rivalry in the 400m hurdles.
They faced each other eight times over the barriers in 2018 and they were particularly closely matched in Shanghai where Muhammad prevailed in 53.77 to Russell’s 53.78 and in Eugene where Russell came out on top in 54.06 to Muhammad’s 54.09.
Russell led their overall head-to-head 6-2 but the American did prevail in the Diamond League final in Zurich in 53.88 to win the Diamond League title.
“I’ve had so many battles with Dalilah over the last couple of seasons and I look forward to facing her again in Doha. There is never an easy race on the Diamond League so racing in this world-class field will tell me exactly where I am with my preparations ahead of the World Championships,” said Russell.
The line-up also features Ukraine’s Hanna Ryzhkova and Great Britain’s Meghan Beesley, the silver and bronze medallists from the European Championships in Berlin.
The other Jamaicans down to compete in Doha are 2015 World Championships 100m hurdles gold medallist Danielle Williams and national 800m record holder Natoya Goule.