Anticipation is high as three reigning world pole vault champions gear up for a thrilling showdown at the forthcoming Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha on May 10. The lineup includes Katie Moon representing the USA, Nina Kennedy from Australia, and Molly Caudery hailing from Great Britain, promising an exhilarating competition for pole vault enthusiasts.

 

Last August’s World Athletics Championships in Budapest witnessed a remarkable display of talent when Moon and Kennedy both cleared the bar at 4.90m, resulting in a shared title that captivated spectators. Their exceptional performance earned them a nomination for the International Fair Play Award at the World Athletics Awards 2023.

Despite finishing fifth in Budapest, Caudery made a triumphant comeback by clinching the world indoor title in Glasgow earlier this month with a remarkable clearance of 4.80m. Her impressive performance, coupled with a personal best of 4.86m set in Rouen in February, positions her as a strong contender.

Moon, the defending Diamond League champion, displayed her resilience in Glasgow by securing third place with a clearance of 4.75m, despite facing challenges due to an Achilles injury. As an Olympic and two-time world champion, Moon is determined to reclaim her dominance in the outdoor arena, reminiscing about her victorious season opener in Doha last year.

 

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Joining this elite trio in Doha are other renowned athletes including Finland’s Wilma Murto, USA’s Sandi Morris, Slovenia’s Tina Sutej, and USA’s Bridget Williams, adding further excitement to the competition.

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The excitement doesn’t stop there. Fans can also look forward to witnessing Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, a two-time world champion in the 3000m steeplechase, return to Doha. After setting a personal best in the 3000m last year, El Bakkali is prepared to tackle his specialty event and continue his reign of dominance.

The announcement of the star-studded pole vault field for Doha is complemented by the confirmation of Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis, the world pole vault record-holder, who will kick off his Diamond League campaign in China before making his mark in Doha.

 

With a lineup featuring world-class talent and fierce competition, the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha promises to be an unmissable event for athletics enthusiasts worldwide.