Weekend Preview: Pros

Things are really beginning to ramp up on the professional side of things. Here’s a guide to the weekend’s action.

The Diamond League kicks off on Friday with the Samsung Diamond League Doha in Doha, Qatar. There will be a bunch of great clashes, unusual for such an early-season meet: Veronica Campbell-Brown versus Allyson Felix in the women’s 100 meters and Asafa Powell versus Walter Dix in the men’s 100 meters are just two, but the list of top-notch talent is long.

Meet website | Schedule/start lists/results

Fans in the USA can watch beginning at 12:00 noon (Eastern time) at UniversalSports.com (free to DIRECTV subscribers, subscription req’d to everyone else). Fans in Canada can watch for free at CBC.ca, also beginning at noon ET.

Here’s a video preview from Universal Sports:

Other previews:
IAAF | Let’s Run | Associated Press

On Saturday, the UAE Healthy Kidney 10k will be run in Manhattan, featuring all three U.S. men’s Olympic marathoners: Abdi Abdirahman, Ryan Hall, and Meb Keflezighi.
Let’s Run: Ryan Hall talks atop the Empire State Building

On Saturday, the USA 25 km Championships will be run in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in conjunction with the Fifth Third River Bank Run. The race will be streamed live beginning at 8:20 AM (Eastern time).

On Saturday, the Ponce Grand Prix de Atletismo, the next stop on the IAAF’s second-tier World Challenge circuit, will take place in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The best races on the schedule are the men’s hurdles, where Dayron Robles will mee Jason Richardson in the 110 meter race and Javier Culson will meet Bershawn “Batman” Jackson.
Meet website | Schedule | start lists
IAAF preview

On Sunday, the Volkswagen Prague Marathon will be run, an IAAF Gold Label road race.
Preview: Lydia Cheromei favored

On Sunday, the Brazilian tour continues with the GP Internacional Uberlandia. The top events here are the men’s triple jump and the women’s hammer throw.
Meet website (in Portugese) | Schedule | Start lists | Live results

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