IAAF Diamond League


IAAF Diamond League
IAAF Diamond League
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2011 Samsung Diamond League
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Sport Athletics
Founded 2010
Continent Europe, Asia, North America (IAAF)
Official website Diamond League

The Samsung Diamond League is an annual series of track and field meetings held from 2010 onwards, beginning with the 2010 IAAF Diamond League.[1] It is organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and 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."[1] In addition to the original Golden League members and other traditional European meetings, the series includes events in the United States, China and Qatar.

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Scoring System

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 (as per 2011, Zürich or Brussels) decides. For an athlete to win "The Diamond Race" and its associated prize, he/she must compete in the Final of their event discipline.

Meetings

The following fourteen meetings have been confirmed for 2011:[1]

Date Meet Stadium City Country
6 May Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix Qatar SC Stadium Doha  Qatar
15 May Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Shanghai Stadium Shanghai  China
26 May Golden Gala Stadio Olimpico Rome  Italy
4 June Prefontaine Classic Hayward Field Eugene  United States
9 June Bislett Games Bislett Stadion Oslo  Norway
11 June Adidas Grand Prix Icahn Stadium New York City  United States
30 June Athletissima Stade Olympique de la Pontaise Lausanne  Switzerland
8 July Meeting Areva Stade de France Saint-Denis  France
10 July Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix Alexander Stadium Birmingham  United Kingdom
22 July Herculis Stade Louis II Fontvieille  Monaco
29 July DN Galan Stockholm Olympic Stadium Stockholm  Sweden
5 & 6 August London Grand Prix Crystal Palace London  United Kingdom
8 September Weltklasse Zürich Letzigrund Zürich  Switzerland
16 September Memorial Van Damme King Baudouin Stadium Brussels  Belgium

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