Steeplechase, the cancelled tournament, voted best DL moment of the decade
In November the IAAF (since renamed World Athletics) determined to take away the 200m and three,000m steeplechase occasions from the 2020 ultimate Diamond League ultimate. This information got here only some months after the five,000m was once minimize from the circuit. Today, the Diamond League introduced that their distance moment of the decade, as voted through lovers, was once a steeplechase race.
That’s cool. Let’s drop the tournament. https://t.co/U2L3Zdim9x
— Joe (@JoeBosshard) December 23, 2019
In 2018, Conseslus Kipruto received the three,000m steeplechase after shedding one shoe. It was once a particularly spectacular race that got here right down to the ultimate 10 metres. The one-shoed guy beat out American record-holder Evan Jager, Moroccan nationwide record-holder Soufiane El Bakkali and Canadian record-holder Matt Hughes for the win.
Kipruto’s race was once spectacular, however the undeniable fact that he received the race of the decade in an tournament that the league and World Athletics determined to chop is sudden. Joe Bosshard, trainer and husband of American steeplechase superstar Emma Coburn, was once fast to show the irony.
Not simplest are the steeplechase and 200m thrilling occasions to look at, however the athletes that run them are some of the most tasty in the league–Coburn and Noah Lyles, for instance.
The 200m and steeplechase occasions might be incorporated simplest at Oslo, Rome and Doha Diamond League meets, however now not the ultimate in Zurich. The adjustments are meant to house a shorter broadcast window of 90 mins, in response to a client survey on which occasions lovers maximum wish to see.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe stated of the choice, “Our objective is to create a faster-paced, more exciting global league that will be the showcase for our sport. A league that broadcasters want to show and fans want to watch. However, we understand the disappointment of those athletes in the disciplines not part of the 2020 Diamond League season.”
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