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How Does The Diamond League Point System Work? Here's What To Know

How Does The Diamond League Point System Work? Here's What To Know

Here's everything you need to know about the Diamond League point system.

Apr 10, 2024 by Matt Cannizzaro

Since being introduced in 2010, the Diamond League has been providing elite track & field athletes the opportunity to compete against the best of the best, while earning prestigious titles, prize money and global attention.

In order to become one of the league’s premier competitors and really cash in, however, athletes must commit themselves to the invitation-only 15-event schedule and perform well on a near-weekly basis from April through September.

Sure, an invitee can pop in for the occasional event and make a quick statement, but that likely wouldn’t help much toward the season-long points list and a spot in the final event, which is where the athletes compete for the big money. That’s also not the best way to stay on the invite list.

Here's everything to know about the Diamond League point system and prize funds. 

How Does The Diamond League Point System Work?

At each of the 14 one-day events, athletes compete in 16 disciplines, with the top performers across the season qualifying for the final event.

At the first 14 meets, the top eight finishers in each discipline are awarded points — the winner gets eight points; the runner-up receives seven points; third place takes six points and so on, with the No. 8 finisher taking one point.

After 14 events, accumulated points are tallied. Based on total points, the top six field athletes, top eight performers in the 100- to 800-meter events and the top 10 from the 1,500 meters and long-distance events qualify for the season-ending championship event.

At the final event, which takes place over two days, the uber-elite field of the year’s top performers compete for 32 Diamond League titles – one man and one woman in each of the 16 disciplines. 

Along with the coveted Diamond Trophy for each grand champion, the titlists also take home $30,000 and a wild card for the World Athletics Championships. 

What Are The Prizes For The Diamond League?

Series Meets 

  • $10,000
  • $6,000
  • $3,500
  • $2,000
  • $1,250
  • $1,000
  • $750
  • $500

Diamond League Final

  • $30,000
  • $12,000
  • $7,000
  • $4,000
  • $2,500
  • $2,000
  • $1,500
  • $1,000

What Are The Disciplines Featured In The Diamond League?

  • 100-Meter Sprints
  • 110-Meter Hurdles 
  • 200-Meter Sprints
  • 400 Meters
  • 400-Meter Hurdles
  • 800 Meters
  • 1,500 Meters
  • 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
  • 3,000/5,000-Meter Race
  • High Jump
  • Long Jump
  • Triple Jump
  • Pole Vault
  • Shot Put
  • Discus Throw
  • Javelin Throw

Diamond League Streaming On FloTrack In 2025

In a major announcement on April 10, FloTrack revealed it will add to its five-star live content schedule by streaming the Wanda Diamond League for U.S. audiences and territories beginning in 2025. 

FloSports, the global sports media company and operator of FloTrack, signed a multi-year media rights agreement with the Wanda Diamond League to distribute the world's very best track and field meets, including events held in London, Monaco, Stockholm and Rome, among others. 

"As a former track athlete, I founded FloSports to cover the sport I love so much," said Mark Floreani, the Chief Executive Officer of FloSports. "To now be the home for the world's preeminent track and field events -- outside of the Olympics -- with Diamond League is near and dear to me.

What Is The Diamond League Schedule For 2024?

The 2024 season, the 15th edition of the Diamond League, is getting started a little earlier, and the overall champions will be determined over two days in Brussels, Belgium. 

The break in the schedule below from late July into late August is due to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The athletics events there are scheduled to take place Aug. 1-11.

Based on past releases, the schedule for the 2025 season will be announced in late September 2024.

Who Gets Invited To Compete In The Diamond League?

Invitations for the Diamond League are based on the athletes’ performance(s) in the previous season, with the top athletes in each discipline receiving invitations. 

Who Were The Diamond League Champions In 2023?

Here is the list of the Diamond League champions in 2023.

FloTrack Is The Streaming Home For Many Track And Field Meets Each Year

Don't miss all the track and field season action streaming on FloTrack. Check out the FloTrack schedule for more events.

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