Powell among DMG athletes looking for strong performances in Europe
ZURICH, Switzerland - Guinness world record holder Asafa Powell, Olympic and World silver medallist Sandi Morris, and World champion Sam Kendrick will lead a contingent of athletes represented by the Doyle Management Group (DMG) at the Zurich Diamond League on Thursday, August 23.
Though summer is winding down for many it's just heating up for DMG athletes. Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League is the second stop on a post-2017 World Championships circuit in Europe for DMG athletes that started with the Birmingham instalment of the Diamond League series on August 20. The roster included Morris, Alysha Newman, Natasha Morrison, Blessing Okagbare, Courtney Okolo, Jarrion Lawson, Ryan Crouser, Zharnel Hughes, Devon Allen, and Vernon Norwood who competed in Birmingham with six walking away with medals.
Lawson grabbed gold in the men's long jump while Crouser and Norwood placed second in the men's shot put and men's 400m respectively. Allen, Hughes, and Okolo scored bronze in the men's 110m hurdles, men's 100m, and women's 400m respectively. Lawson, Crouser, Allen and Okolo also took home prize money.
“We are proud to represent everyone on our roster— the team at DMG works hard to find talent and really enjoys helping our athletes to grow to their full potential. It takes a lot of work and dedication to compete at this level and our athletes prove that they have what it takes to achieve greatness every time they suit up,” said Paul Doyle, CEO of DMG.
Powell, who has the most sub-10 100m runs in the history of track and field, is looking to add another to the list in Zurich.
“I don’t necessarily think about winning, I think about doing my best. For me, that means running the best time I can and hopefully that is a sub-10 time and having a good time while doing it,” Powell chuckled.
On her part, Morris is looking forward to jumping in Switzerland's largest railway Station Hauptbahnhof in Zurich. She will vault alongside Alysha Newman in the busy railway station as it provides an exhilarating backdrop for a pole vault event.
“It's an epic experience to compete with fans so close. You really feel their energy, hear the cheers and I’m motivated to try and jump just a little higher so they can really get excited,” Morris said.
In total, DMG will field more than 20 Olympic and World class athletes heading to meets across Europe, including Shawn Barber, Nia Ali, Cleopatra Borel, Sam Kendrick joining Powell, Morris, Norwood, Lawson and Allen in Zurich. Tianna Bartoletta, Kate Grace, Lea O’Connor will join Kendrick, Barber and Allen for the Berlin World Challenge. Katie Landwehrf will compete in the Zagreb World Challenge along with Powell, Norwood, Harris, Allen, Kendrick, Okagbare and Ali.
DMG was founded by Paul Doyle in 1998 and has since gone on to become one of the most instantly recognisable names in sports management. More than 60 professional athletes call DMG home, with 44 of them having Olympic or World championship appearances, 31 major championship finalists, 19 major championship medallists, 11 World Champions, six Olympic gold medallists, and three World record holders.