June 3, 2016
The 2016 Birmingham Diamond League will take place on Sunday at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England. Because the track and field schedule is especially hectic right now (Rome Diamond League and Adrian Martinez Classic on Thursday, NCAA Championships and Oslo DL next week) we won’t be writing a Birmingham meet preview, but there are plenty of events worth watching, including the men’s steeplechase (Conseslus Kipruto vs. Jairus Birech), men’s 1500 (Asbel Kiprop vs. Abdelaati Iguider vs. Nick Willis), women’s 800 (Ajee Wilson, Laura Roesler, Melissa Bishop, Francine Niyonsaba, Lynsey Sharp), men’s 600 (David Rudisha vs. Pierre-Ambroise Bosse and Erik Sowinski) and men’s 3,000 (Mo Farah).
In non-distance action, the men’s high jump (Erik Kynard vs. Gianmarco Tamberi), women’s 100 (English Gardner vs. Dafne Schippers), men’s long jump (Greg Rutherford), men’s 400 (Kirani James), men’s 200 (Trayvon Bromell vs. Andre De Grasse vs. Ameer Webb) are all appealing competitions.
One complaint, IAAF: if you’re going to hold two Diamond League meets in a four-day span, don’t repeat 15 of the 16 Diamond League disciplines (the only difference from Thursday’s DL meet in Rome is that Birmingham has subbed in the women’s 100 hurdles for the men’s 110 hurdles). Even though some athletes, like Conseslus Kipruto (steeple), Ryan Gregson (1500) and Mercy Cherono (5,000) are pulling double duty, it’s a tough ask on meet promoters to secure Diamond League-quality fields for both meets when they’re in direct competition with each other. Either spread out the schedule or change up the disciplines. Don’t give us a re-run of a meet held three days ago.
Below you will find all you need to know about Sunday’s Birmingham Diamond League.
What: 2016 Birmingham Diamond League
Where: Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, England
When: Sunday, June 5
How to watch
In the U.S.: This meet and the entire Diamond League in 2016 will be on beIN Sports. It will air live on beIn Sports from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday (we assume; as of Friday afternoon, beIN Sports hadn’t announced their Sunday TV schedule). You can also stream it live through beIN Sports Connect. Note that Rudisha and Farah’s races fall outside the TV window.
In the UK: Live on BBC One from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m BST.
Schedule/entries (all times U.S. Eastern, add 5 hours for local time)