This Friday is the final Diamond League race of 2020, in Doha, Qatar. The exceptionally hot and humid city will host track and field’s last major event of the year, beginning at 12:00 noon ET. The meet will feature 27 Olympic and world championship medallists across the events.
How to watch
As always, the CBC is streaming the event for free. Actions starts at noon ET on Friday.
Races you can’t miss
The women’s 3,000m is the event of the night, with 5,000m world champion Hellen Obiri and world steeplechase champion Beatrice Chepkoech going head-to-head. The two women will be joined by 1,500m world bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay. Currently, the world record stands at 8:06.11, set by Wang Junxia back in 1993. While this record still seems untouchable, if anyone was to break it, it would likely be one of these women.
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Reposted from @pacesportsmanagement World Champion Hellen Obiri ran a world lead and meeting record time of 14:22.12 to win the 5000m at the Monaco Diamond League. It was the 5th fastest time of her career and her 3rd win at the Monaco DL. @hellenobiri @diamondleaguemonaco
The men’s 1,500m will also be exciting. World and Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto will run his first 1,500m in five years, he’ll be joined by Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma and Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, both runners are 2019 world medallists.
In the women’s 800m, Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon will step down in distance to run two laps of the track. Kipyegon has been on a 1,000m tear this summer, nearly missing the world record on several occasions. She’ll face Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo, who was fourth at last year’s world championships.
There are no Canadians in Friday’s lineup.