Monaco
Diamond League Guide: Normality and athletes are back on track
Photo edition: Silvia Rueda Lozano

Normality seems to be finally returning to athletic events.

After several months of unofficial and extraordinary competitions, athletics is back on track this coming Friday, August 14 with all the normality that circumstances allow. The Wanda Diamond League opens its tenth edition in Monaco at 7.30 pm. More than a hundred athletes will compete in their respective fourteen events. The Louis II Stadium will not only have the athletes but also 5000 spectators in the stands.

The organization announced months ago that this year the competitive spirit would be preserved in the events. However, no points would be earned for the Diamond. That is the reason why there will be winners in every meeting from now until October, but not champions.

To celebrate these meetings, World Athletics (former IAAF) and Diamond League organizations have to take measures. All athletes have had to be tested before and after taking the plane to Monaco, and also, they are staying in single rooms in a hotel three minutes away from the stadium. Some athletes were going to be there at the beginning, but they have to withdraw when they tested positive or due to injuries while they were training. Once in the stadium, the public and the athletes are forbidden to have any contact during competition.

Measures apart, the Herculis IBS meeting is just around the corner and these are the events, athletes and expectations that are expected to see this Friday, August 14th:

POLE VAULT MEN (19:40h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

BRA

Thiago Braz

5.50

6.03

ALE

Ben Broeders

5.71

5.76

FRA

Thibaut Collet

5.60

5.61

SWE

Armand Duplantis

5.94

6.05

USA

Sam Kendricks

5.81

6.06

FRA

Valentin Lavillenie

5.51

5.82

PHI

Ernest John Obiera

5.45

5.81

ITA

Claudio Stecchi

5.40

5.75

Overcoming the six-meter barrier in the pole vault is something that only three athletes in this event have done: The current Olympic champion and record holder Thiago Braz (26), the double world champion Sam Kendricks (27) and the European champion and current world record holder Armand Duplantis (20). On August 12th it was the second anniversary of the Swede's victory in Berlin 2018.

However, the break after the indoor season may cause them trouble to reach that goal but perhaps not to improve on it this season. It is all about how events will play out this Friday.

110m HURDLES MEN (20:03h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

RSA

Antonio Alkana

13.58

13.11

FRA

Wilhem Belocian

13.38

13.25

ITA

Pablo Dal Molin

13.65

13.40

USA

Grant Holloway

13.35

12.98

SUI

Jason Joseph

13.34

13.34

ESP

Orlando Ortega

 

12.94

GBR

Andrew Pozzi

13.17

13.14

NOR

Vladimir Vukicevic

13.65

13.54

The eyes of the audience are undoubtedly on the current world champion Grant Holloway (22) and Orlando Ortega (29), silver in Rio 2016, and bronze in the 2019 World Cup in Doha. Both have a personal best of less than 13 seconds, which they may try to retake this Friday after the break.

On the other hand, Andrew Pozzi (28), World and European Indoor champion in the 60m hurdles, arrives at the event with the best performance of the season (13.17).

HIGH JUMP WOMEN (20:05h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

BUL

Mirela Demireva

 

2.00

ITA

Erika Furlani

1.94

1.94

GBR

Katarina Johnson – Thompson

 

1.98

SUI

Salome Lang

1.83

1.91

UKR

Yuliya Levchenko

 

2.02

UKR

Yaroslava Mahuchikh

 

2.04

LCA

Jeannelle Scheper

1.77

1.96

Seven female jumpers will compete to overcome the two-meter barrier, a mark that only three of them have in their records: Olympic runner-up Mirela Demireva (30), whose record was set at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin; European U-23 champion in 2017 and silver medalist at the 2019 European Indoor Championships, Yuliya Levchenko (22); and world runner-up in Doha, where she set her personal best and the world junior record, Yaroslava Mahuchikh (18).

Also in the spotlight will be world champion heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson (27) - who will only participate as a jumper due to the impossibility of celebrating the combined events this year - and debutant Erika Furlani (24) who has the best performance of the season.

800m MEN (20:12h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

FRA

Mame – Ibra Anne

 

 

CAN

Marco Arop

1:47.70

1:44.25

AUS

Peter Bol

1:45.38

1:44.56

USA

Donavan Brazier

1:43.84

1:42.34

AUS

Joseph Deng

1:45.40

1:44.21

USA

Bryce Hoppel

 

1:44.25

GBR

Kyle Langford

 

1:44.97

GER

Marc Reuther

1:46.97

1:45.22

FRA

Benjamin Robert

1:46.93

1:46.52

KEN

Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich

 

1:42.54

BIH

Amel Tuka

 

1:42.51

The current world champion in this race, Donavan Brazier (23) is in the spotlight as he arrives in Monaco with the best performance of the season and the best personal record against his fellow competitors. And looking at those marks, it seems that the podium of Doha 2019 can be repeated in this event since Brazier will compete against Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (31), who was bronze medalist last October, and Amel Tuka (29), who got silver medal.

TRIPLE JUMP WOMEN (20:17h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

SLO

Neja Filipič

14.22

14.22

LTU

Dovile Kilty

14.18

14.28

POR

Patrícia Mamona

14.26

14.65

GBR

Naomi Ogbeta

13.74

14.15

BUL

Gabriela Petrova

14.38

14.66

VEN

Yulimar Rojas

 

15.41

LTU

Diana Zagainova

13.61

14.43

This event will have seven athletes competing. The main focus is on Portuguese national record holder Patrícia Mamona (31); on Bulgarian athlete Gabriela Petrova (28), who arrives in Monaco with the best performance of the season; and on double world champion and Olympic silver medallist Yulimar Rojas (24), who also owns the world indoor record.

5000m WOMEN (20:19h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

KEN

Winny Chebet

 

 

KEN

Beatrice Chepkoech

 

14:39.33

ETH

Letesenbet Gidey

 

14:23.14

AUS

Genevieve Gregson

15:20.60

15:06.67

ESP

Esther Guerrero

 

 

NED

Sifan Hassan

 

14:22.12

AUS

Jessica Hull

15:06.12

15:00.32

GBR

Eilish Mccolgan

 

14:46.17

KEN

Hellen Obiri

 

14:18.37

USA

Shannon Rowbury

 

14:38.92

GBR

Laura Weightman

 

14:44.57

FRA

Liv Westphal

 

15:28.71

FRA

Alessia Zarbo

 

 

The three favorites in this event will duel this Friday. Doha 2019 silver medalist in the 10000m race, Letesenbet Gidey (22) will run together with Sifan Hassan (27), current European record holder in this event and gold medalist in Doha 2019 in the 10000m and 1500m races. The other favorite one is Hellen Obiri (30), a double world champion and Olympic silver medalist runner.

400m HURDLES MEN (20:42h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

TUR

Yasmani Copello

 

47.81

EST

Rasmus Mägi

50.01

48.40

GER

Constanti Preis

49.49

49.23

FRA

Ludvy Vaillant

50.37

48.30

NOR

Karsten Warholm

 

46.92

It is undeniable that Karsten Warholm (24), after breaking the 300m hurdles record at the Impossible Games in Oslo last June, has all the public's attention for this event. The double World and European indoor champion comes to Monaco to try to prove that he is still in the same shape as always. To do so, he will compete with four other athletes, including his great rival: Yasmani Copello (31), who has a third place at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a silver medal at the 2017 World Cup in London and the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, and a gold one at Amsterdam 2016.

100m WOMEN (20:50h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

ITA

Anna Bongiorni

11.30

11.30

SUI

Ajla Del Ponte

11.08

11.08

GER

Rebekka Haase

11.11

11.06

USA

Aleia Hobbs

11.16

10.85

GER

Gina Lückenkemper

11.37

10.95

SLO

Maka Mihalinec

11.55

11.27

GBR

Daryll Neita

11.65

11.12

CIV

Marie-Josée Ta Lou

 

10.85

Initially, there were to be nine competing athletes, but last Tuesday, the Swiss Mujinga Kabundji withdrew from the competition due to an ischium injury during training.

However, the race is still going on. The athletes with a personal best below 11 seconds will run on the Monaco track: American Aleia Hobbs (24), whose record was beaten in a competition at the LSU; European silver medalist Gina Lückenkemper (23); and double world winner of silver and bronze medalist, Marie-Josée Ta Lou (31).

1500m MEN (20:57h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

SWE

Kalle Berglund

4:40.40

3:33.70

KEN

Timothy Cheruiyot

 

3:28.41

GBR

Charlie Da’Vall Grice

 

3:30.62

USA

Craig Engels

3:36.01

3:34.04

ESP

Jesús Gómez

 

3:36.40

AUS

Ryan Gregson

 

3:31.06

NOR

Filip Ingebrigtsen

 

3:30.01

NOR

Jakob Ingebrigtsen

 

3:30.16

FRA

Pierrik Jocteur-Monrozier

3:37.60

3:37.60

ETH

Yomif Kejelcha

 

3:32.59

KEN

Vincent Kibet Keter

3:42.03

3:36.27

POL

Marcin Lewandowski

 

3:31.46

KEN

Timothy Sein

 

 

GBR

Jake Wightman

 

3:31.87

Below the 3:30 mark is only the current world champion, Timothy Cheruiyot (25); but he has several opponents who can overshadow him: Britain's Charlie Grice (36), Australian record holder Ryan Gregson (30), the Norwegian brothers Ingebrigtsen, Filip (27) and Jakob (20), the 2019 Doha bronze medalist, Marcin Lewandowski (30), and fifth-ranked world champion Jake Wightman (26).

400m WOMEN (21:07h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

NED

Femke Bol

51.13

51.13

FRA

Amandine Brossier

 

51.77

SLO

Anita Horvat

52.98

51.22

USA

Lynna Irby

 

49.80

USA

Wadeline Jonathas

 

49.60

GER

Corinna Schwab

51.73

51.73

POL

Justyna Święty-Ersetic

 

50.41

CZE

Lada Vondrová

51.35

51.35

In this event, the two youngest athletes in the table and fellow citizens stand out with marks below 50 seconds: Lynna Irby (21), world junior runner-up in 2015, and world junior runner-up in 2016; and Wadeline Jonathas (22), fourth classified in Doha 2019.

5000m MEN (21:13h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

UGA

Joshua Cheptegei

 

12:57.41

ITA

Yemaneberhan Crippa

 

13.07.84

NED

Mike Foppen

 

13:25.89

FRA

Jimmy Gressier

 

13:23.04

SWE

Suldan Hassan

 

 

FRA

Hugo Hay

 

13:38.25

NED

Roy Hoornweg

 

13:31.41

NOR

Henrik Ingebrigtsen

13:19.65

13:15.38

KEN

Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli

13:37.60

12:57.90

UGA

Stephen Kissa

 

13:10.93

KEN

Jacob Krop

13.42.03

13:03.08

AUS

Stewart Mcsweyn

13:38.77

13:05.23

ESP

Ouassim Oumaiz

13:31.45

13:31.45

AUS

Matthew Ramsden

13:27.53

13:27.53

NOR

Per Svela

13:38.08

13:35.09

SUI

Julien Wanders

 

13:13.84

The 13-minute barrier in the 5,000m race could be breached again. Joshua Cheptegei (23), the current world 10000m champion, who broke the 5km world record this year, has a personal best very similar to Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli (21), who finished eighth at the Doha 2019 final. The best mark of the season was set by the third Ingebrigtsen brother, Henrik (29).

200m MEN (21:32h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

GER

Deniz Almas

20.88

20.88

BAR

Mario Burke

 

20.08

FRA

Mouhamadou Fall

21.81

20.34

GBR

Adam Gemili

 

19.97

TUR

Ramil Guliyev

 

19.76

USA

Elijah Hall-Thompson

 

20.11

USA

Josephus Lyles

20.24

20.24

USA

Noah Lyles

19.94

19.50

French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre (30) was initially scheduled to compete, but last Tuesday at the competition in Turku, Finland, the Olympic bronze medalist stopped midway through the race with a limp and holding his right adductor.

However, the competition continues with a battle between the fastest sprinters of the moment: London 2017 world champion Ramil Guliyev (31); Britain's Adam Gemili (27); and the world champion and three-time Diamond League champion Noah Lyles (23)

1000m WOMEN (21:39h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

POL

Sofia Ennaoui

 

2:35.15

KEN

Faith Kipyegon

 

 

IRL

Ciara Mageean

 

2:38.89

GBR

Laura Muir

 

2:33.92

UGA

Halimah Nakaayi

 

2:34.88

 

UGA

Winnie Nanyondo

 

2:36.13

GBR

Shelayna Oskan-Clarke

 

 

GBR

Jemma Reekie

 

2:36.79

USA

Raevyn Rogers

 

 

British Laura Muir is the one who sets all her teammates apart in personal best. The winner of two Diamond Awards in the 1500 and 3000m and gold medal in Berlin 2018, will compete against eight other athletes this Friday, August 14th in the 1000m women's race.

3000m STEEPLECHASE MEN (21:47h)

COUNTRY

ATHLETE

SB

PB

ESP

Daniel Arce

 

8:20.16

FRA

Djilali Bedrani

 

8:05.23

KEN

Leonard Kipkemoi Bett

 

8:08.61

ESP

Fernando Carro

 

8:05.69

MAR

Soufiane El Bakkali

 

7:58.15

ESP

Ibrahim Ezzaydouni

 

8:14.49

ETH

Lamecha Girma

 

8:01.36

DEN

Ole Hesselbjerg

 

8:27.86

CAN

Matthew Hughes

 

8:11.64

FIN

Topi Raitanen

8:22.45

8:21.47

GBR

Zak Seddon

8:36.72

8:21.28

ETH

Getnet Wale

 

8:05.21

The big names for this event are fifth-ranked world champion Djilali Bedrani (26), world bronze medalist, and fourth-ranked Olympian Soufiane El Bakkali (24) - who has a personal best of under eight minutes - and world silver medalist Lamecha Girma (19). The fourth-place finisher in Doha, Getnet Wale (20), and the European silver medalist Fernando Carro (28) will also attend the competition.

Athletics returns to the Stadium Louis II in Monaco this Friday, August 14th, with normality, within all measures.  A hundred athletes will return to the track to compete and show that the pandemic cannot stop them.

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