In 2021, the Wanda Diamond League is awarding a prize to honour those athletes who delivered consistently excellent performances throughout the summer season.
While the 32 Diamond League champions were forged in a winner-takes-all season finale in Zurich last September, the award for Most Consistent Athlete goes to those who repeatedly performed at the highest level from May to September in athletics' premier one-day series.
The ten winners of the award will be announced in the course of this week, with male and female winners respectively in the sprints, hurdles, distance events, jumps and throws. Each winner will receive US$20,000 in prize money.
The winners are decided using a points system which compares performances across disciplines, adjusting for factors such as conditions and the amount of times a discipline was held during the season.
Men's Throws - Ryan Crouser
Fresh from his success in Tokyo, US shot put star Ryan Crouser finally got his hands on the Diamond Trophy when he cruised to a comfortable win in the Zurich final in September. It was Crouser's third win of the season, making him the most consistent male thrower with three meeting records and a Diamond League record on home soil in Eugene.
Women's Throws - Sandra Perkovic
Croatian legend and six-time Diamond Trophy winner Sandra Perkovic was unable to regain her title in 2021, but she was the most consistent thrower of the series, picking up two wins in Florence and Paris.
— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) December 31, 2021
Women's Jumps - Yulimar Rojas
Venzuelan triple jump star had the best year of her career in 2021, breaking a world record on her way to Olympic gold in Tokyo and picking up her first Diamond League title just a few weeks later in Zurich. She was also by far and away the most consistent performer across the season, clearing the 15-metre mark three times as she claimed wins in Doha and Zurich, as well as a series record in Lausanne.
Men's Jumps - Mondo Duplantis
Pole vault star Mondo Duplantis may not have broken his own world record in 2021, but that was not for lack of trying in the Wanda Diamond League. In a year when he picked up his first Olympic gold and his first Diamond Trophy, the Swedish prodigy had several attempts at breaking the 6.18m barrier as he rampaged from one victory to the next on the circuit. He ended with four wins out of six competitions, all of which saw him jump over six metres and break a meeting record.
— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) December 30, 2021
Men's Hurdles - Karsten Warholm
The Norwegian star won his first Olympic gold medal with a world record in Tokyo, but he had already made history a few weeks earlier at his home Diamond League meeting in Oslo. Warholm's 46.70 at the Bislett Games made him the seventh athlete to break a world record in a diamond discipline, and his further wins in Monaco and Zurich made him not only Diamond League champion for the second time running, but also the most consistent male hurdle of the series.
Women's Hurdles - Femke Bol
After a breakthrough year in 2020, Dutch 400m hurdles prodigy Femke Bol secured place among the elite in 2021, and may even have a claim to be the most consistent Diamond League performer full stop. She won all four of the first four races, including a Diamond League record of 52.37 in Stockholm. Another win in Lausanne kept her top of the tree before she claimed her first ever Diamond Trophy with a meeting record in Zurich.
— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) December 29, 2021
Women's Distance - Faith Kipyegon
Kenyan 1500m star Faith Kipyegon crowned a brilliant season with victory in the Diamond League final in Zurich, winning the Diamond Trophy for the first time since she became a mother in 2018. She also proved to be the most consistent middle and long distance performer of the season, with victories in Doha and Eugene, a Kenyan record in Monaco and an astonishing battle with Sifan Hassan in Florence.
Men's Distance - Timothy Cheruiyot
Kenyan legend Timothy Cheruiyot may have missed out on Olympic gold this year, but he continued to dominate in the Diamond League. The 1500m star picked up four wins, including a PB of 3:28.28 in Monaco, as he charged to an emphatic defence of his 2019 title and secured a fourth successive Diamond Trophy.
— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) December 28, 2021
Men's Sprints - Kenneth Bednarek
US sprinter Kenneth Bednarek came into this season having never won a Diamond League meeting, but he finished it with four victories and a Diamond Trophy to his name. The 23-year-old's explosive start in Gateshead and Doha was followed by two further 200m wins in Lausanne and Zurich as he claimed his first title. Four wins and three sub-20 performances made him the Most Consistent Athlete in the men's sprints.
Women's Sprints - Elaine Thompson-Herah
2021 was a year to remember for Elaine Thompson-Herah, as she regained the Diamond Trophy for the first time in four years in the 100m and claimed an Olympic sprint double in Tokyo. Her astonishing performance in Eugene, where she clocked the second-fastest time in history, was just one of three meeting records she picked up on the way to a third Diamond League title.
— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) December 27, 2021