IAAF Diamond League
|Current season or competition:
2013 IAAF Diamond League
|Continent||Europe, Asia, North America|
|Official website||Diamond League|
The IAAF Diamond League is an annual series of track and field meetings held from 2010 onwards, beginning with the 2010 IAAF Diamond League. It was designed to replace the IAAF Golden League, which was held annually since 1998.
While the Golden League was formed to increase the profile of the leading European athletics competitions, the Diamond League's aim is to "enhance the worldwide appeal of athletics by going outside Europe for the first time." In addition to the original Golden League members (except Berlin) and other traditional European meetings, the series includes events in China, Qatar, the United States.
Each one of the thirty-two disciplines (sixteen for male athletes, sixteen for females) is staged a total of seven times during the season. The top three athletes at each meeting are awarded points, and in the case of the Final meeting of the discipline the points are doubled.
1st place: 4 points (Final: 8 points)
2nd place: 2 points (Final: 4 points)
3rd place: 1 points (Final: 2 points)
The athlete with the highest number of points in each discipline at the end of the season wins "The Diamond Race". In case of equality on points, the number of victories decides. If there still is a tie, the better result at the Final meeting for that discipline (Zürich or Brussels since 2010) decides. For an athlete to win "The Diamond Race" and its associated prize, he/she must compete in the Final of their event discipline.
The following fourteen meetings have been confirmed for the 2014 season:
|09 May||Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix||Qatar SC Stadium||Doha||Qatar|
|18 May||Shanghai Golden Grand Prix||Shanghai Stadium||Shanghai||China|
|31 May||Prefontaine Classic||Hayward Field||Eugene||United States|
|05 June||Golden Gala - Pietro Menea||Stadio Olimpico||Rome||Italy|
|11 June||ExxonMobil Bislett Games||Bislett Stadion||Oslo||Norway|
|14 June||Adidas Grand Prix||Icahn Stadium||New York City||United States|
|3 July||Athletissima||Stade Olympique de la Pontaise||Lausanne||Switzerland|
|05 July||Meeting Areva||Stade de France||Saint-Denis||France|
|12 & 13 July||Glasgow Grand Prix||Hampden Park||Glasgow||United Kingdom|
|19 July||Herculis||Stade Louis II||Fontvieille||Monaco|
|21 August||DN Galan||Stockholm Olympic Stadium||Stockholm||Sweden|
|24 August||British Athletics Grand Prix||Alexander Stadium||Birmingham||United Kingdom|
|28 August||Weltklasse Zürich||Letzigrund||Zürich||Switzerland|
|05 September||Belgacom Memorial Van Damme||King Baudouin Stadium||Brussels||Belgium|
Diamond Race winners
Countries by number of event winners
- "IAAF to launch global Diamond League of 1 Day Meetings". IAAF. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2009.
- Official website
- IAAF Diamond League agrees a global calendar of 14 cities for 2010 IAAF, 16 June 2009