Chepkoech targets steeplechase record in Monaco
Olympian Beatrice Chepkoech will have the 3000m steeplechase meeting record well within her sights when she competes at the Herculis meeting on July 20.
The Commonwealth Games steeplechase silver medalist clocked a world-leading 9:07.27 in the previous Diamond League leg as she beat compatriot Norah Jeruto to the Shanghai title.
The 26-year-old has already run faster than the 9:11.28 Herculis meeting but will also be keen to shutter the 8:52.78 World record set by Ruth Jebet in the 2016 Paris DL meet.
Chepkoech’s Kenyan compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot will hope to continue his good form in Monaco having won in Shanghai with a world-leading 3:31.48.
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.
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.
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.
2018 IAAF Diamond League calendar:
4 May – Doha, QAT
12 May – Shanghai, CHN
26 May – Eugene, USA
31 May – Rome, ITA
7 Jun – Oslo, NOR
10 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
30 Jun – Paris, FRA
5 Jul – Lausanne, SUI
13 Jul – Rabat, MAR
20 Jul – Monaco, MON
21-22 Jul – London, GBR
18 Aug – Birmingham, GBR
30 Aug – Zurich, SUI
31 Aug – Brussels, BEL
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