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5 women who lit up the 2016 Diamond League

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Kendra Harrison of The USA celebrates after setting a new world record in the womens 100m hurdles during Day One of the Muller Anniversary Games at The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 22, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Kendra Harrison is just one female athlete who has shone throughout the Diamond League this season
Niall Murray
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Modified 11 Sep 2016
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Brussels was the setting as the Diamond League came to a close for another season. There have been some excellent displays of athleticism across the 14 Diamond League events. However, this article focuses specifically on the most impressive performances achieved by female athletes during the 2016 Diamond League.

Honourable mentions include Valerie Adams (shot put), Elaine Thompson (100m and 200m) and Dafne Schippers (100m and 200m).


#1 Laura Muir

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Laura Muir of Great Britain celebrates after setting a new british record in the womens 1500m during Day One of the Muller Anniversary Games at The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 22, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images )
Great Britain’s Laura Muir broke the national record twice in Diamond League events

It requires hours of dedication and hard work to become a world-class track and field athlete. How about being world class in your event whilst also studying for a degree in veterinary medicine?

That perfectly describes Great Britain’s Laura Muir, who whilst studying for her degree has also become a Diamond Race winner in the 1500m.

The Scot may have finished a disappointing seventh in the Olympic final, but she set the world alight on numerous occasions during the Diamond League. The 23-year-old broke Dame Kelly Holmes’ British 1500m record, clocking an impressive 3 minutes 57.49 seconds.

However, it was in Paris where Muir took it to the next level.  The Scot ran aggressively from the front, and boy did it pay off. She decimated the rest of the field, including Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon, and crossed the line in a time of 3 minutes 55.22. This was not only a world-leading time and a national record but the 13th fastest 1500m of all-time.

If Muir can have a good winter and remain injury free she’ll be a favourite to win the world title in front of a home crowd next summer.

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Published 11 Sep 2016, 16:42 IST
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