Corey Bellemore is on his way to Doha, Qatar for his Diamond League debut. Bellemore became a household name in August of 2016 when he ran a beer mile for fun. What began as an off-season activity turned into an Adidas sponsorship, a trip to the Beer Mile World Championships and internet fandom. Bellemore appreciates the beer mile love but is looking to assert himself as more than just a beer miler.
His acceptance into a Diamond League race means he has certainly broken through to another level. The Diamond League is the most competitive track and field series in the world. It was launched to bring attention to the sport of track and field outside of Europe, where it is most popular. The league is comprised of 14 races that take place in four continents and awards a total of 1.6 million each year in prize money. Bellemore will race the 1,500m this Friday at 1:02 p.m. EDT among some of the best in the world.
Bellemore landed in Qatar this afternoon. He says he only found out about the possibility of being entered in this race two weeks ago, “My agent texted me and said there’s a possibility we could get you into Doha. My agent had a hard time justifying me being in the field with a bunch of low 3:30 guys, but he said I was coming off a strong indoor season and ready for a breakout.”
This Friday’s race has a deep field. Abdelaati Iguider is the fastest entry with a personal best of 3:28.79. For context, the World Record is 3:26.00 and the current world leading time is 3:34.78. Bellemore is looking forward to being in a field so competitive that he can simply latch on and go for a ride. He’s excited to prove that he deserves his spot.
Bellemore will fly home Saturday morning and get ready for the Adidas Boost Boston Games. He will race the men’s mile Saturday May 19th in Cambridge at Steinbrenner Stadium. Bellemore will then begin preparations for the Canadian National Track and Field Championships where he will compete for a spot on the NACAC track and field team. To watch, tune into to the CBC where they are broadcasting all 14 Diamond League races this season.