The IAAF Diamond League rules

The IAAF Diamond League encompasses 32 Diamond Disciplines, following a championship style model. Athletes earn points at the qualification meetings to qualify for the final of their discipline.

Each of the disciplines is staged six or four times before the Final. At each of the 12 qualification meetings, Athletes are awarded 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 points for ranking 1st to 8th respectively. The top 8 or 12 Athletes (depending on the discipline) will be awarded a start at the Final. In case of a tie, the best legal performance of the qualification phase wins.

The winner at the Final of each Diamond Discipline will become "IAAF Diamond League Champion" and be awarded a Diamond Trophy, USD 50'000 prize money and a wild card for the IAAF World Championships (certain conditions apply).

Points at qualification meetings:

PlacePoints
1st8
2nd7
3rd6
4th5
5th4
6th3
7th2
8th1

Prize Money

Each athlete crowned IAAF Diamond League Champion wins USD 50,000 worth of prize money at the end of the season. With two finals, each staging 16 Diamond Disciplines, the total prize money awarded amounts to USD 1,600,000. 

At each of the Qualification Meetings, the winner of each Diamond Discipline will receive USD 30,000 worth of prize money. Each Qualification Meeting will stage either 14 or 13 Diamond Disciplines, meaning the total prize money awarded at a single Qualification Meeting will total either USD 420,000 or USD 390'000.

QUALIFICATION MEETINGFINAL
PlacePrize Money (USD)       PlacePrize Money (USD)
1st$10,0001st$50,000
2nd$60002nd$20,000
3rd$40003rd$10,000
4th$30004th$6'000
5th$25005th$5'000
6th$20006th$4'000
7th$15007th$3'000
8th$10008th$2'000

plus rewards for 9th-12th place finishers in distance races and ninth-lane runners in sprints.

The IAAF Diamond League Rules & Prize Money At A Glance