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USATF athletes open IAAF Diamond League action at Doha


DOHA, Qatar -- Rio Olympic gold medalists Michelle Carter, Kerron Clement, Tony McQuay, LaShawn Merritt and Christian Taylor highlight the first meeting of the IAAF Diamond League in Doha on Friday, May 5. Fans can watch live on NBC Sports Gold at 12 p.m. ET Friday with highlights airing on NBCSN Saturday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Clement, 100mH world record holder Keni Harrison, 2012 Olympic high jump silver medalist Erik Kynard, Merritt and Taylor come in to 2017 with 2016 Diamond League trophies to their credit. However, the Diamond League format is changing in 2017. Athletes will compete throughout the year in a bid to qualify for one of the IAAF Diamond League Finals. In each of the Diamond Disciplines, athletes will earn points in either four or six qualifying meets. The top eight or twelve athletes at the end of the qualifying meets will have earned their place in the IAAF Diamond League Final, in either Z├╝rich or Brussels.

In the jumps, throws and long distance disciplines, athletes will have the chance to pick up points in four qualifying meets, while in all other disciplines, there will be six chances to pick up points.

At any one qualifying meeting, an athlete can pick up between eight and one point, depending on where they finish on the night. Once the last qualifying meeting has taken place, the top eight or twelve athletes in the overall standings move on to the Final.

Fans can follow along with #USATF on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

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USATF Athletes Competing

6:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

Shot Put Women

Michelle Carter, Brittany Smith

6:15 p.m.

11:15 a.m.

Pole Vault Women

Kristen Brown, Megan Clark, Sandi Morris, Katie Nageotte

6:45 p.m.

11:45 a.m.

High Jump Men

Erik Kynard

NBC Sports Gold Stream Begins

7:03 p.m.

12:03 p.m.

400m Men

Tony McQuay, LaShawn Merritt, Vernon Norwood

7:14 p.m.

12:14 p.m.

1500m Men

Ben Blankenship

7:25 p.m.

12:25 p.m.

800m Women

Charlene Lipsey

7:35 p.m.

12:35 p.m.

200m Women

Joanna Atkins

7:45 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Triple Jump Men

Omar Craddock, Christian Taylor

7:50 p.m.

12:50 p.m.

100m Hurdles Women

Nia Ali, Keni Harrison, Christina Manning, Sharika Nelvis

8:05 p.m.

1:05 p.m.

3000m Steeplechase Women

Emma Coburn, Courtney Frerichs, Stephanie Garcia, Colleen Quigley

8:25 p.m.

1:25 p.m.

100m Men

Ronnie Baker, Justin Gatlin

8:35 p.m.

1:35 p.m.

400mH Men

Kerron Clement

8:45 p.m.

1:45 p.m.

3000m Men

Paul Chelimo, Ben True

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