28 December, 2019

Best Diamond League Moment Ever: Throws

  • © Giancarlo Colombo

In our latest social media poll, you voted for Darrell Hill's staggering sixth-round victory in the Diamond League final at Brussels as your favourite throws moment in ten years of Diamond League history.

The latest in our series of polls to commemorate 10 years of the Diamond League saw us ask you for your favourite throw in the series' history, and once again it was a star-studded shortlist.

Three of the potential candidates were Diamond League records. Thomas Röhler's 93.90m effort in Doha in 2017 kickstarted an incredible couple of years in the javelin, while Sandra Perkovic proved herself queen of the discus when she landed a mind-boggling 71.38m in the same city a year later. Valerie Adams, meanwhile, had got that particular t-shirt years earlier, breaking the shot put Diamond League record in 2012 with a 21.03m throw.

Yet in the end, it was not a Diamond League record which won your affections, but a moment of title-deciding drama at the Diamond League final in Brussels in 2017.

Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and world champion Tom Walsh were the firm favourites on a sunny September afternoon on the Place de la Monnaie in the Belgian capital, with Walsh aiming to defending his Diamond Trophy and Crouser hoping to win the title for the very first time.

Though the New Zealander never quite hit his best form, Crouser was cruising after a first-round effort of 22.37m, and looked certain to get his hands on the trophy. Certain, that was, until Darrell Hill stepped up for his sixth and final effort.

The then 23-year-old American, who had been chasing the 22-metre mark all season, launched an enormous 22.44m, leaving his previous personal best in smithereens and picking up his first major title in the Diamond Trophy. 

Click on the video below to relive Hill's Brussels brilliance and the three Diamond League records on our shortlist.