Asia may have been the first continent that was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, but strict guidelines remain in place across many countries, and there is still some uncertainty about when and how competition will resume.
Chinese athletes couldn’t quite deliver their presents on time to celebrate the 70th birthday of the People's Republic of China on Tuesday, with walkers Hong Liu and Rui Liang getting to the party prematurely with victories last weekend and Gong Lijiao arriving late after shot put gold on Thursday.
The winners of the past five global titles will clash in the women’s shot put at the Prefontaine Classic – the seventh meeting of this year’s IAAF Diamond League – in Stanford on 30 June.
Throwers took centre stage as the 23rd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships got underway in Doha on Sunday (21).
Illustrating the fierce competitiveness of athletics at the moment, just five athletes will begin their 2019 seasons with unbeaten streaks of ten or more competitions.
Lijiao Gong successfully defended her Diamond League title in the shot put, prevailing in a see-saw battle with US champion Raven Saunders.
US Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser confirmed here at Port Hercule that he's back in business after the injury he sustained last month as he returned to win at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Thursday (19) with a fourth-round best of 22.05m.
Gong Lijiao dominated the shot put at the second 2018 IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season in Shanghai on Saturday (12).
World shot put champion Gong Lijiao collected her third consecutive gold medal at the Chinese National Games in Tianjin on Wednesday (6), which marked the last competition of her 2017 season.
Ruth Jebet threatened her own world record in the 3000m steeplechase at the Weltklasse Zurich on Thursday (24), the first of two 2017 IAAF Diamond League finals.