Brianna McNeal, USA, May 2018
Brianna McNeal, USA, May 2018

IAAF Diamond League Portraits, Doha Edition

I was in Doha, Qatar, this past week to cover the opening meet of the IAAF Diamond League series, the professional track and field circuit that kicked off in the Qatari capital for the ninth consecutive year. 

Here are a handful of candid portraits of some of the athletes who competed at the meet last night (4 May), taken over the past few days at various press events. Above is Brianna McNeal of the USA, the 2016 Olympic 100 meter hurdles champion. Her laugh is infectious.

Abderrahman Samba, Qatar, May 2018

400 meter hurdler Abderrahman Samba of Qatar

Christian Taylor, USA, May 2018

Christian Taylor of the USA, two-time Olympic and three-time world champion in the triple jump

Dawn Harper Nelson, USA, May 2018

Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic 100 meter hurdles champion. She’s retiring at the end of this season.

Hellen Obiri, Kenya, May 2018

Hellen Obiri of Kenya, the 2017 world 5000 meter champion.

Jenny Simpson, USA, May 2018

Jenny Simpson of the USA, the 2011 1500 meters champion, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist

Jereem Richards, Trinidad & Tobago, May 2018

Jereem Richards of Trinidad & Tobago, the 2017 world 200 meters bronze medalist

Kyron McMaster, British Virgin Islands, May 2018

Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands, the 2017 Diamond League champion in the 400 meter hurdles

Mutaz Barshim, Qatar, May 2018

Mutaz Barshim of Qatar, the 2017 world high jump champion

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, UK, May 2018

Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake of the UK, 2017 world 4×100 meter relay world champion

Ramil Guliyev, Turkey, May 2018

Ramil Guliyev of Turkey, the 2017 world 200 meter champion

Ramil Guliyev's ink, May 2018

Ramil Guliyev’s ink

Thomas Rohler, Germany, May 2018

Thomas Rohler of Germany, the 2016 Olympic champion in the javelin throw.

Some of my coverage from Doha for the IAAF.org, the website for track and field’s international governing body:

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