You can watch the first event on the 2024 Diamond League schedule in North America on April 20, 2024, at 6 AM Eastern, 6 AM Central, 7 AM Eastern and 4 AM Pacific. You can also watch highlights from 1-3 PM ET on CNBC and NBCsports.com on April 20! 
Hurdles with high expectations, Mondo, and strong women throws.

XIAMEN (CHN): The 15th edition of the Wanda Diamond League kicks off in China on Saturday. Xiamen will host the first of 14 regular season events, the highest number since the series began in 2010. With the expectation of breaking world leads in most disciplines. The prizes for the winners are $10,000 in the individual meetings and $30,000 in the finals. It is the earliest date for a DL meeting ever.

Event-by-event short previews

Women

200m – Sha’Carri Richardson for victory, Mujinga Kambundji in her first race since September 2023

400m – World champion Marileidy Paulino against other medallists Natalia Kaczmarek and Sada Williams

1500m – Ethiopian clash of Freweyni Hailu, Diribe Welteji, and Gudaf Tsegay for first outdoor sub-4:00 of the season

3000m steeple – Experienced Beatrice Chepkoech against teenager Faith Cherotich, Peruth Chemutai behind

100m hurdles – Olympic, World, World Indoor champions and WR holder – Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Danielle Williams, Devynne Charlton and Tobi Amusan

The shot put is Chase Jackson versus Sarah Mitton, also home star Gong Lijiao, all 3 Budapest medalists. Yemisi Ogunleye behind, in clash for first 20m throw of the season

Discus – Laulauga Tausaga against Valarie Allman once again, but Yaimé Pérez with recent 73m attempt, with top 8 from Budapest 23

Javelin (non-DL) – top Chinese (except of Yan Ziyi) against World medalist Flor Ruiz

Men

100m – two champions Fred Kerley versus Christina Coleman, Ackeem Blake behind

800m – Marco Arop for victory

5000m – open clash, steeple WR holder Lamecha Girma against specialists like Muktar Edris, Nibret Melak or Nicholas Kipkorir for first sub-13:00 of the outdoor season

110m hurdles – Hansle Parchment against Daniel Roberts

High jump – Mutaz Essa Barshim against World Indoor champion Hamish Kerr

Pole vault – Mondo Duplantis for victory and the first outdoor 6-metres attempt

Triple jump – Hugues Fabrice Zango is a favourite; Pedro Pichardo is in his first competition since May 2023

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