(March 25, 2023) — The women’s pole vault competition at the upcoming Doha Diamond League Meeting 2023 will feature an impressive lineup of athletes, including top finishers from the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, according to the organisers release this week. The event will mark the first Wanda Diamond League fixture of 2023 and is expected to draw a global audience.
Among the contenders are world and Olympic champion Katie Moon, her American compatriot and world silver medallist Sandi Morris, in addition to world bronze medallist Nina Kennedy of Australia. The field also includes European indoor and outdoor champion Wilma Murto of Finland, world indoor and European bronze medallist Tina Sutej of Slovenia, 2016 Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece.
Other athletes participating include Olympic bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw of Great Britain, 2018 Commonwealth champion Alysha Newman of Canada and 2019 World University Games bronze medallist Bridget Williams of the USA. Read more: Samuele Ceccarelli upsets Lamont Jacobs in Istanbul
Katie Moon Looking Forward To Doha Return
Meanwhile, Moon expressed her excitement for the upcoming event, stating that she’s been working hard on her strength during the pre-season and hopes to kick off her Wanda Diamond League campaign on a positive note.
The 31-year-old previously won in Doha in 2021 and hopes to replicate that success as she works towards defending her World Athletics Championships title in Budapest, Hungary later this summer.
“I’m so excited to get my outdoor season underway after a really fun indoor season,” said the recently crowned US indoor champion and world indoor silver medalist on the Diamond League website. “I’ve been working really hard this pre-season, especially on my strength, and I’m hoping to get my Wanda Diamond League campaign off to a good start.
“Winning Doha in 2021 was a really incredible way to start what was an unforgettable year, and I just hope to replicate that as I work towards defending my (world) title this summer.”
The 2023 Wanda Diamond League season will consist of 14 meetings in total, starting with the Doha Meeting on May 5 at the Qatar Sports Club. The season will conclude with a single final across two days in Eugene on September 16-17.