Kipyegon among dozen world champions in Monaco

The world 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon returns this year in Monaco Diamond League meeting having dominated the World Championships final in Oregon to win her second world title.

And with two 3:52 clockings already to her name this year, if she maintains such supreme form, the 1500m record will surely be in danger again this week.

She will have a strong field to help her to a fast time, with another five sub-four-minute runners in attendance, including the Ethiopian pair of Hirut Meshesha (the winner in Rabat and Rome) and Axumawit Embaye.

Kipyegon is one of 12 newly-minted world champions on the starting lists for Monaco, and elsewhere the focus will be more on racing rather than records.

Over the past decade, the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco has established a reputation as the best place in the world in which to attempt a middle distance world record.

In that time, four of those records have fallen at Herculis EBS meeting. Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba established a world 1500m record of 3:50.07 in 2015 and Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech sparked a series of world record-breaking performances in the Stade Louis II stadium when she demolished the 3000m steeplechase world record there in 2018.

World 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and world 1500m champion Jake Wightman will meet in the middle over 1000m to decide some bragging rights, along with new Commonwealth 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal and world bronze medallist Marco Arop.

Other world champions on the track in Monaco include two-time Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, in an intriguing match-up with USA’s Olympic 200m bronze medallist Gabby Thomas and the new Commonwealth Games champion Sada Williams over one lap.


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