Goule races Semenya as six Caribbean stars open DL seasons in Doha

By May 02, 2019

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule races South Africa’s Caster Semenya in what could be the biggest race on the opening day of the Diamond League meeting in Doha Qatar on Friday.

Goule, the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, lines up against a strong field featuring the two-time Olympic champion who on Wednesday lost her landmark legal case against athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, in a decision that could end her career as an elite athlete.

The South African who has not lost an 800m race in four years, will have to take medication to significantly reduce her testosterone levels if she wants to run internationally at events between 400m and a mile.

Also in the field is American champion, Ajee Wilson and Francine Niyonsaba, who recently declared that her body also produces high levels of testosterone.

 Several other Caribbean athletes will also begin their 2019 Diamond League campaigns in Doha on Friday as they begin their quest for the US$50,000 cash bounty waiting at the culmination of the season.

Levern Spencer, Janieve Russell, Danielle Williams, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and Jereem Richards will also open their Diamond League campaigns.

Spencer, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion, has cleared 1.80m in the high jump this season and takes on a field where five other women have cleared 1.85m or higher so far in 2019.

Another 2018 Commonwealth Games champion, Janieve Russell, will open her 400m hurdles season against a field that includes Olympic champion, Dalilah Mohammed.

Danielle Williams, coming off an early season ankle injury, has registered 12.94s so far this season and will face a quality field that includes World Champion Breana McNeal and Sharika Nelvis as well as 2018 NCAA champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn from Puerto Rico.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards runs the 200m that will also have 2017 World Champion Ramil Guliyev and Great Britain’s Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake and Alonso Edwards of Panama in the line-up.

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