At the International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF Diamond League of 14 track and field events in Oslo on Thursday evening, Nigerian track and field athlete Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor had her wig fall off during the female long jump event. This happened during Oslo Diamond League on Thursday evening. She made sure she was behind the board, landed nicely and then her wig fell off.
Not one to show what must have been considerable embarrassment at the unfortunate incident, the Nigerian simply waited for her mark to be measured (6.21m) before picking up the hairpiece and proceeding to slip it back into place.
About The IAAF Diamond League
After seven seasons which have established the IAAF Diamond League as the sport’s premier circuit, the series returns for an eighth year with some major changes. In previous seasons, athletes accumulated points throughout the season with the overall winner of each discipline being the athlete with the most points, irrespective of whether they won the final. The season is now a race to reach the finals with the winners crowned as IAAF Diamond League champions. Athletes will earn points in the first 12 IAAF Diamond League meetings to qualify
for two final meetings.
As in a championship, the performance of athletes in the final alone will determine who the champion will be and the prize money won. $100,000 will be at stake in each of the 32 Diamond disciplines, including $50,000 for each winner and a
stunning Diamond Trophy. It means the IAAF Diamond League finals will now offer a dramatic showdown between the world’s best athletes, a true climax to a four-month race across four continents.
Broadcast annually in approximately 160 countries, virtually the full spectrum of Olympic track and field disciplines are represented
across the series with a combined total of US$8million on offer. In this year’s series, 11 meetings will take place in the months
leading up to the IAAF World Championships London 2017, while the remaining three meetings will be held in the weeks that follow.
How The IAAF Diamond League works
The IAAF Diamond League comprises 14 of the best invitational track and field meetings in the world. The meetings are spread across Asia, Europe, Africa and the USA, and compose the top tier of the IAAF’s global one-day meeting competition structure. This 14-meeting series, which began in 2010, showcases 32 event disciplines which are carefully distributed among the meetings. In each of the 32 Diamond Disciplines, athletes will compete for points throughout the season in a bid to qualify for the final.
After the first 12 meetings, the athletes with the most points will earn a spot in one of the two IAAF Diamond League finals. Winners of each discipline in the finals will become the Diamond League champions, securing a US$50,000 cash prize and a spectacular Diamond Trophy.
But more importantly, their victory over the most consistent performers in their discipline will have earned them the unchallenged honour of being the world No.1.
The overall winner of each of the 32 disciplines will also receive a spectacular Diamond Trophy created by Beyer, one of the oldest
and most respected jewellers in the world, which was established in Zurich in the 18th century.
In total, the IAAF Diamond League is offering US$5.6million in prize money in 2017.