Men’s 400m hurdles
The 400m hurdles will be one of the high points of the evening. First up is Alison Dos Santos. The Brazilian secured gold in Eugene last year in 46”26, a new personal best and a South American record. Just back from injury, he’s yet to run this year. He’ll be up against the rocket-powered Norwegian Karsten Warholm, reigning Olympic champion, who’s made a sensational comeback this season with 46”52, as well as Frenchman Wilfried Happio, European number two in Munich last year (48”13 this season).
Meeting record: 47’’08 – Karsten Warholm (NOR) – 9 July 2021
World-leading performance of the year: 46’’52 – Karsten Warholm (NOR) – 15 June in Oslo (NOR)
Men’s 3,000m steeplechase
Soufiane El Bakkali has enjoyed a great start to the season, bagging a win on home soil, at the meeting in Rabat, culminating in a new national record (7’56”68). The World champion will be keen to run in Monaco again, having racked up three previous victories here. Taking the top spot yesterday in Stockholm, the Moroccan will be eager to extend his winning streak and score some points in his remote duel with Lamecha Girma, recent world record holder..
Meeting record: 7’53”64 – Brimin Kiprop Kipruto (KEN) – 22 July 2011
World-leading performance of the year: 7’52’’11 – Lamecha Girma (ETH) – 9 June in Paris (FRA)
Shericka Jackson impressed one and all last year by becoming the second fastest woman in the event’s history in 21”45 (+0.6). In Monaco, she’ll be hitting the track in the 200m where she posted her personal best in last year’s 100m (10”71, +0.4). The Jamaican has only run one 200m so far this season (21”98, +0.8 in Rabat). Doubtless she’ll have her sights on the top of the leader board again…
Meeting record: 21’’77 (+1.0) – Merlene Ottey (JAM) – 7 August 1993
World-leading performance of the year: 21’’91 (+1.8) – Julien Alfred (LCA) – 14 April in Gainesville (USA)
In the javelin throwing competition, the main focus will be on Anderson Peters. The double World champion of the discipline threw 85m88 this year in Doha in his first competition of the season. In Monaco, the Grenadian will be after a throw that will boost his confidence before tackling Budapest.
Meeting record: 90m20 – Raymond Hecht (GER) – 10 August 1996
World-leading performance of the year: 89m51 – Jakub Vadlejch (CZE) – 13 June in Turku (FIN)
Women’s high jump
A fabulous duel is on the cards on Monaco’s jumping pit. Here we’ll find Eleanor Patterson, the reigning World champion. The Australian was a surprise winner last year, clearing 2m02. She’s yet to jump this season. Pitted against her will be Nafissatou Thiam. The Belgian has excelled in this event during her heptathlons, and she too has a personal best of 2m02, set in 2019. This year, the double Olympic and World champion has jumped 1m91, during her only competition of the season. She’ll be competing in Monaco to size up the competition and build up her confidence before taking off for Budapest with the aim of securing a third world title.
Meeting record: 2m05 – Mariya Lasitskene (ANA) – 21 July 2017
World-leading performance of the year: 2m02 – Nicola Olyslagers (AUS) – 29 June in Lausanne (SUI)
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