Chepkoech lined up for Monaco meet

By IAAF: Wednesday, May 23rd 2018 at 23:58 GMT +3 | Athletics
Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech competes in the women's 1,500 metres at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix athletics competition at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN

Beatrice Chepkoech, the Commonwealth Games silver medalist, headlines the 10th stop of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco, France, on July 20.

Chepkoech will be targeting the 9:11.28 Herculis meeting record in the steeplechase after clocking a world-leading 9:07.27 in Shanghai.

Timothy Cheruiyot, the 2017 IAAF 1,500m trophy winner, will also compete in Monaco, having won in Shanghai with a world-leading 3:31.48. 

Organisers of the Herculis meeting have announced that nine of the winners from the first two legs of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League -Doha and Shanghai -will be in action in Monaco.

World champion Mutaz Barshim is one of five winners from the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha whose participation in Monaco has been confirmed. The Qatari high jumper won on home soil with a world-leading 2.40m and will be looking to jump higher as the season progresses.

South Africa’s world and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya won the 1500m in Doha with a South African record of 3:59.92. In Monaco she will step back down in distance to her specialist event.

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After setting a meeting record of 4.84m in Doha, world indoor pole vault champion Sandi Morris will line up against world and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi in Monaco.

Marie-Josée Ta Lou will return to the scene of her 200m triumph last year, only this time she’ll be competing in the 100m, having clocked a world-leading PB of 10.85 in Doha.

IAAF Diamond League champion Noah Lyles, who won the 200m in Doha with a lifetime best of 19.83, will be making his debut appearance in Monaco.

In addition to the star performers from Doha, four winners from the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai will also be in Monaco.

World and Olympic champion Omar McLeod will contest the 110m hurdles. The Jamaican will be keen to make up for his one previous appearance in Monaco in 2016 when he fell in the closing stages.

The women’s shot put in Monaco will be held on the eve of the main competition at the prestigious Port Hercule. World champion Gong Lijiao, who won in Shanghai with a world-leading 19.99m, is the first big name confirmed for that discipline.

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