2015 Herculis Monaco - Monaco Diamond League
July 15, 2015
The Monaco stop on the Diamond League circuit is always one of the best days on the track and field calendar, and this year’s meet on Friday is no exception. As always, the distance races are stacked. Mo Farah returns to the site of his stunning 3:28 from two years ago and tackles Asbel Kiprop , Taoufik Makhloufi. Matt Centrowitz and Leo Manzano in a loaded men’s 1500. The men’s 800 will see world leader Ayanleh Souleiman square off against Nijel Amos and Mo Aman. On the women’s side, both the 1500 and 3000 steeplechase could serve as World Championship previews as the five fastest 1500 women (including Genzebe Dibaba , Sifan Hassan and Jenny Simpson ) and four fastest steeplers (including Virginia Nyambura , Hiwot Ayalew and Emma Coburn ) are all entered.
There will be some great sprint/jumps events too, led by the men’s triple jump. Olympic champ Christian Taylor and world leader Pedro Pablo Pichardo will reprise their epic competition from Lausanne, and they’ll face USA indoor/outdoor champ Omar Craddock and NCAA champ Marquis Dendy (making his DL debut). The women’s 100 hurdles will be predictably competitive
again, with the usual faces in action: U.S. champ Dawn Harper-Nelson (who won last week in Lausanne), world leader Sharika Nelvis and defending world champ Brianna Rollins. to name a few. The men’s 100 should also be a treat with Justin Gatlin looking for another sub-9.80 against U.S. champ Tyson Gay and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut. whose 9.86 in Lausanne tied the European record.
Monaco annually produces some of the best races and fastest times of the summer, so you won’t want to miss this meet.
We preview all the mid-d/distance action below in detail.
What: 2015 Herculis
Where: Stade Louis II, Fontvieille, Monaco
When: Friday, July 17. Field events begin at 12:30 p.m. ET; DL track events (and the beIN Sports broadcast) begin at 2:00 p.m. ET.
How to watch: Live on beIN Sports from 2:00 p.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET. In Europe, you can watch the meet live on Eurosport. Details on the TV/streaming information here.
Just how fast are the mid-d/distance races in Monaco? There were five mid-d/distance events last year and four of them produced times that would end up as the fastest of 2014. Check out the table below.