South Africa’s Caster Semenya, Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Margaret Wambui of Kenya will all line up on the start line for the 800m on the opening meeting of the 2019 Diamond League season.
Semenya, the double Olympic champion, was added to the start list for Friday’s 800 metres on Thursday morning, a day after her appeal against the IAAF’s rule regulating testosterone levels for women athletes was rejected by the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS).
Doha organisers said the South African runner had waited for
the outcome of Wednesday’s CAS hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland, before
deciding whether to run in the meeting that opens the Diamond League season.
America’s Ajee Wilson and Britain’s Lynsey Sharp are also on
the list. Sharp has been a vocal critic of Semenya and the “fairness”
of the competition. Most
famously, she was in tears after she finished in sixth-place at the 2016 Rio
Many believe that this might be Semenya’s last hurrah in the
800m distance. The IAAF’s regulations will, for the time being at least, only
apply to distances from 400m to one-mile. The South African could shift to the
5000m –if the verdict from CAS is not challenged at a tribunal.
Doha Diamond League: Women’s 800m and other start times
Times below are SAST. Events where South Africans feature are noted in brackets.
17:20 Men’s pole vault
17:35 Men’s discus
17:55 Women’s high jump
18:00 Women’s long jump
18:04 Women’s 400m hurdles (SA: Zenéy van der Walt, Wenda
18:15 Men’s 800m
18:27 Women’s 100m hurdles
18:37 Men’s 3000m steeplechase
18:56 Men’s 200m
19:00 Men’s shot put
19:07 Women’s 800m (SA: Caster Semenya)
19:19 Men’s 1500
19:34: Women’s 200m
19:46 Women’s 3000m
IAAF Diamond League 2019: Live stream details for Doha
In South Africa and other African territories, the Diamond
League is available to watch on SuperSport 9 from 18:00. A subscription is
In the UK: Discover/Eurosport have the live rights. The BBC
will produce a post-meet highlights package.