Thumbs-up for Diamond League as it heads to UK
With 14 meetings over the summer months in three continents, the Diamond League replaced the Golden League this season, with the aim of bringing the best of the best together to wow fans.
At the concept launch last November in Monaco, IAAF President Lamine Diack promised "world-class sport and entertainment" with a determination too see greater frequency of competition between the big names.
So has the new Diamond League lived up to its grand billing so far?
Veronica Campbell-Brown wins the 100m in Eugene
Will the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead be any different from previous years, before it was part of a series, or is it the same meeting with a new name?
After enjoying it so much last year, I worked again last weekend at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, the sixth stop on the Diamond League tour.
Considering how inconvenient it is to get to Eugene on the north-west coast of the United States, it is testament to the meeting that is always attracts big names and - for the 15th year in row - a sell-out crowd of 12,000, but this year was deemed the best ever.
Chatting to the athletes over the weekend I had to ask them whether the Diamond League was any different. The general vibe was positive and that yes, it was different this year.
For a start, there are more head-to-head match-ups, something that all the athletes I spoke to were relishing. It isn't just about accumulating those Diamond League points to win the cash prizes and Diamond Trophy at the end of the season.
It is about the psychological advantages, the stamping of authority over your main rivals more often, as well as giving fans the races they all want to see more often.
There are 32 events in which you can score points, with each taking place at seven of the 14 meetings. The only event that has all 32 is the only two-day meeting, at London's Crystal Palace on 13 and 14 August.
Clearly the word "diamond" in the title is making a difference to some athletes. The Prefontaine meeting director's face was a picture when he heard that one of the African athletes had flown into Portland and got a taxi to Eugene - a 110-mile trip taking two hours!
I feel this 14-meet concept is working well this year as there are no global championships for many, so athletes who want to get performances on the board and cash in their pockets will have to take part.
It will be interesting to see if the starting line-ups are so loaded next year as the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea approach.
Walter Dix beats Tyson Gay in the 200m in Eugene
Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser was generally very excited about meeting her main rivals regularly in the sprints, but world champion Christian Cantwell reminded me that - unlike the sprinters - shot-putters never avoided each other in the past, so it wasn't much different for them!
There was just a special vibe around Eugene, as I feel there will be in Gateshead, about being a Diamond League meeting. It's like a stamp of approval for meetings now, making them one of the chosen few.
But is it any different for the fans? For those who have watched the series so far on the BBC has there be a difference to you as a viewer?
Of course there are things the IAAF would like to make better and iron out. There were questions last weekend as to why the New York and Eugene meets were three weeks apart, making it difficult for athletes from around the world to stay on and do both in one trip.
Also, does the Diamond League threaten the future of other athletics meetings? Is there a fear that these may suffer if the big names are just doing the larger events?
Usain Bolt ran a 300m in Ostrava this season; will he and other big names continue to take part in anything other than the Diamond League meets? These other meetings are vital and need support.
Some meetings are no doubt better for the athletes, media and spectators than others. But overall it seems, six meetings into the first Diamond League season, it's a thumbs-up from the athletes.
That is why, for me, when Gateshead flies the flag on Saturday to herald the arrival of the Diamond League in the UK, it will be a bit more special. And remember we are the only country that has two of them.
Watch the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday on the BBC Red Button and online (UK only), then Saturday's Aviva British Grand Prix from Gateshead from 1630-1930 BST on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website (UK users only) and BBC Radio 5 live.