Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Devynne Charlton.
ANTHONIQUE Strachan in action. (File photo)
#By BRENT STUBBS
#Senior Sports Reporter
#World indoor champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, silver medallist Devynne Charlton and semifinalist Anthonique Strachan are expected to compete in the first meeting of the World Athletics’ 2022 Wanda Diamond League in Doha, Qatar, on Friday.
#Miller-Uibo, the world indoor 400 metre champion in Belgrade, Serbia in March, will headline the list as she is entered to compete in the 400m alongside Jamaican Stephenie Ann McPherson and Dominican Republic’s Marileidy Paulino.
#Charlton, the silver medalist in the women’s 60m hurdles in Belgrade, is listed to compete in the 100m hurdles. American world record holder Kendra Harrison and Jamaican duo of Megan Tappin and Britany Anderson are among the list of participants.
#And Strachan, who is having a great outdoor season so far following her semifinal appearance in the women’s 60m in Belgrade, is listed to compete in the 200m with her Jamaican MVP Track Club training partner Shericka Jackson and Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith.
#The Wanda Diamond League is a showpiece event of track and field’s premier international one-day circuit and features the biggest stars of the sport.
#Athletes compete for points in 11 different Wanda Diamond League meetings throughout the season, with the most successful qualifying for a place in the final and a shot at the iconic Diamond Trophy, the most prestigious title in athletics beyond the major championships.
#Following Doha, the series will continue in Birmingham, England on May 21, Eugene, Oregon on May 28, Rabat, Morocco on June 5, Rome, Italy on June 9, Oslo, Norway on June 16, Paris, France on June 18, Stockholm, Sweden on June 30, Chorzow, Poland, to be announced, Monaco, on August 10, Lausanne, Switzerland on August 26 and Brussels, Belgium on September 2.
#While the finals are set for Zurich, Switzerland from September 7-8, World Athletics has also confirmed that the 2023 finals will be moving out of Europe for the first time in the series’ history, to the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene in 2023.
#Additionally, hosting rights for the two-day season finale – at which all 32 Diamond League champions are crowned – have been awarded to the Allianz Memorial van Damme meeting in Brussels for 2024 and 2026, and to Weltklasse Zurich for 2025 and 2027.
#The Wanda Diamond League is also being used as a prelude to World Athletics’ 2022 World Championship that will be staged in Eugene, Oregon, July 15-24. Miller-Uibo, Charlton and Strachan are expected to represent on Team Bahamas.