Track nerds and fantasy sport nerds unite!
The IAAF Diamond League dawns upon us in this year of 2017, as we are now just two days away from the first edition of the series, Doha. For many in the pro ranks, it’s the the opening of their 2017 outdoor campaigns. There’s a lot of great early season match-ups, but we’re here to talk fantasy diamond league and why you should choose your team / join our league.
YOU COULD WIN STUFF. (We’ll announce prizes later)
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For those who haven’t joined in on the yearly fun of fantasy diamond league, it’s great and you will not regret doing so this year. This fantasy league is hosted on the IAAF site, and you pick a nine athletes to be on your team, per meet. There are 14 total Diamond League meets in 2017, which means that you have 14 different lineups that you can choose for your fantasy team.
Scoring is pretty straight forward. Just as there is scoring for Diamond League points in real life, there is scoring for how well your athlete on your team does in their respective event. The scoring is based on placement in their event, the better the placing, the better the score.
Entry lists for Doha are out now on the IAAF site, and I recommend that you wait to choose who to put on your fantasy team once each entry list is released for each meet that is coming up.
The next Diamond League meet will be Shanghai on May 13th. Following the conclusion of each Diamond League meet, I will recap the scoring and leaders of our fantasy league for all to see. We will have a grand prize available at the end of the Diamond League season and possibly after each week of play.
ALSO, there will be a prize for best fantasy team name, so choose wisely, make it track related and please nothing that contains profanity.
To get an idea of some match-ups in Doha, we’ll see Genzebe Dibaba step down to the 800m to take on Olympic Champ, Caster Semenya. Elaine Thompson won the 2016 Olympic 200m title and she’ll take on the Dutch titan of Dafne Schippers over said distance. Ruth Jebet, won the steeplechase in Rio and she is looking to hold off an onslaught of USA steeple talent. In the field events, Julius Yego and Thomas Röhler will see who can throw a javelin stick the furthest and of course Qatar will have their high flyer of Mutzas Barshim in the high jump.