Six of the best: memorable moments from the 2017 Diamond League

Mo Farah in the Zurich Diamond League
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Mo Farah capped his illustrious track career with a thrilling victory over 5000m in the Zurich Diamond League

The IAAF Diamond League kicks off tomorrow evening in Doha, Qatar the first of the 14 meetings stretching all the way through until the end of August when the two finals take place on successive evenings in Zurich and Brussels.

Last year, ten European athletes were crowned Diamond League champions: Chijindu Ujah (100m), Mo Farah (5000m), Sergey Shubenkov (110m hurdles), Andrius Gudzius (discus), Jakub Vadlejch (javelin), Mariya Lasitskene (high jump), Ekaterini Stefanidi (pole vault), Ivana Spanovic (long jump), Barbora Spotakova (javelin) and Sandra Perkovic (discus).

Ahead of the start of the competition, we look back at six memorable European performances from the 2017 Diamond League, including Thomas Rohler's monstrous season's opener in the Doha Diamond League to Mo Farah's thrilling curtain closer over 5000m in the Zurich Diamond League.

Doha, 5 May

The Diamond League season kicked off in Doha last May and what a meeting it proved to be for Germany’s Olympic javelin champion Thomas Rohler. 

Having been crowned Olympic champion, here was his chance to show how he deals with the pressure of carrying that glorious tag and once more he delivered spectacularly with a sensational fourth round throw of 93.90m, putting him second on the all-time list behind Jan Zelezny’s 98.48m from 1996. 

Punching the air with delight, Rohler could hardly believe this amazing effort as the spear flew through the night sky to set a multitude of landmarks: it was a national record, a Diamond League record and a meeting record. 

In second was his teammate Johannes Vetter with a personal best of 89.68m. In July, Vetter then bettered Rohler’s mark as he threw 94.44m in Luzern before becoming world champion in London. 

And tomorrow, the pair go head-to-head again.

Oslo, 15 June

Norway's Karsten Warholm entered the 400m hurdles in front of his own fans at the Bislett Games as one of best young athletes in the sport. A mere 48.25 seconds later he had spectacularly come of age.

With the crowd noise growing with every one of his strides, Warholm, who had reached the European final the previous summer in his first season at the event, hit the final straight in the lead against a field including reigning Olympic champion Kerron Clement. 

His national record stood at 48.49 from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but now he was entering uncharted waters. 

Clement ended up in eighth in 50.52 as Warholm, who had made his name as a junior in the decathlon, soared to an amazing victory which put him on the path that would lead to world gold in London two months later. 

Lausanne, 6 July

Is Stefka Kostadinova’s world record of 2.09m living on borrowed time? Reigning two-time world high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene has been rather evasive when asked about her prospects of improving the 31-year-old mark but the 25-year-old made an assault on one of the oldest records on the books at the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne. 

Lasitskene, who went unbeaten indoors and outdoors in 2017, broke her lifetime best and the Diamond League record with a 2.06m clearance on her second attempt and she had the stadium nearly all to herself for her three attempts at 2.10m. That mark proved beyond her capacity but Kostadinova's record isn't looking quite as infallible as it has done in years gone by.  

Birmingham, 20 August

The first Diamond League meeting after the World Championships and what a race the 3000m proved to be for Europe – with record-breaking performances for the first two.

Sifan Hassan rewrote the history books with another blistering performance as she won in 8:28.90, lowering her Dutch record and also breaking Sonia O'Sullivan's meeting record of 8:33.00 from 2000.

And just behind her, what a moment for Germany’s 20-year-old Konstanze Klosterhalfen who broke the 17-year national record held by Irina Mikitenko with 8:29.89. To add to her delight, Klosterhalfen also took the scalp of reigning world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri from Kenya. 

"I beat the world champion. I cannot believe it. I am so happy. It has been such a memorable year for me," said Klosterhalfen.

Zurich, 24 August

The first Diamond League final in Zurich marked the end of the track career of Mo Farah who triumphed in the 5000m in 13:06.05 in a dramatic finish to defeat Ethiopia's Muktar Edris, the man who had denied him a final gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in London just a few weeks earlier.

Farah had to settle for silver then, having won the 17th major track title of his career with 10,000m gold at the start of the championships, but this time he was not going to be denied over the 5000m. 

“I wanted to win and it is amazing that I have won but it was hard work," said Farah. "I will miss the track, the people, my fans. I have enjoyed running in stadiums for a lot of years but now first of all I will enjoy being with my family."

Brussels, 31 August

In the last Diamond League meeting of the season, Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic once more rose to the occasion to win the title for the sixth time in a row. 

After the second round, Perkovic found herself in the rare position of not leading. She had started with 60.43m and then produced a foul as Australia’s Dani Stevens led with her opener of 65.85m. 

Perkovic was back in sixth as she entered the cage for round three when in her own inimitable style, she changed everything with a superb throw of 68.82m, followed by an equally impressive mark of 68.68m in the following round.