Thompson, Schippers and Ta Lou in Doha 100m
Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (Jamaica), Olympic silver medallist Dafne Schippers (Netherlands) and multiple World Championships medallist Marie-Josée Ta Lou (Ivory Coast), will go head to head over 100m at the Wanda Doha Diamond League on Friday 25 September 2020.
Thompson-Herah, the first woman to win gold in the 100m and 200m at the same Olympics (Rio 2016) since Florence Griffith Joyner achieved the feat at Seoul 1988, finished fourth in the 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019.
Former heptathlete Schippers, world champion over 200m in 2015 and 2017, is the European record-holder (21.63) and third-fastest woman of all time over the distance. She was runner-up to Thompson-Herah over 200m in Rio and fifth in the 100m.
Ta Lou finished third in the 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, but was second in London 2017 - behind the dominant Schippers - in a National Record (22.08). She was also runner-up in the 100m, this time to the USA’s Tori Bowie, with Schippers in third.
Schippers will make her season’s debut over 100m in Doha while Ta Lou will be looking to build on her Wanda Diamond League performances in Monaco and Stockholm where she finished fourth (11.39) and third (11.32) respectively.
Thompson-Herah’s season’s best of 10.88 set in Kingston on 8 August is the second fastest of the year to date. She will race outside of Jamaica for the first time in 2020 when she lines up in Doha.
She said: “I’ve been fortunate to be able to race at home over the summer, but nothing beats the thrill of lining up in an overseas, international meet. I can’t wait to get back on the circuit, especially as part of a quality field in Doha where I’ve really enjoyed competing in the past.”
Doha’s Qatar Sports Club is the the fourth and final competitive meeting of the truncated 2020 Wanda Diamond League season. It will host a revised 12-event programme, which includes sprint hurdles and 800m for both men and women; 100m, 3000m and long jump for women; and 200m, 400m, 1500m and pole vault for men.
Due to the impact of Covid-19, the 2020 Wanda Diamond League is not a structured series leading to a final, and athletes will not earn Diamond League points in Doha.