News27 Jun 2016

Kiprop and Van Niekerk among latest Monaco additions – IAAF Diamond League


Asbel Kiprop wins the 1500m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco (© Philippe Fitte)

Organisers of Monaco’s Herculis meeting have revealed four more world champions set to compete at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on 15 July.

Three-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop will contest his specialist event. Having recorded his season’s best at this meeting over the past four years – the slowest of which was 3:28.88 and the fastest being his personal best of 3:26.69 – the Kenyan will attempt to break his own meeting record which he established in 2015.

His 3:26.69 solo run in Monaco last year moved him up to third on the world all-time list and was just 0.69 shy of the world record.

Wayde Van Niekerk will be making his Herculis debut. The South African won the world title in Beijing last year in an African record of 43.48, moving to fourth on the world all-time list.

Three-time Diamond Race winner Piotr Malachowski will also be in Monaco. The world discus champion from Poland was victorious in Monaco in 2014, the last time the discus was held at the Stade Louis II.

Canada’s world high jump champion Derek Drouin will be competing at Herculis for the third time in his career. The 26-year-old finished fifth at the 2014 edition where the meeting record was upped to 2.40m, the same height as Drouin’s lifetime best.

Organisers for the IAAF

2016 IAAF Diamond League calendar
6 May – Doha, QAT
14 May – Shanghai, CHN
22 May – Rabat, MAR
28 May – Eugene, USA
2 Jun – Rome, ITA
5 Jun – Birmingham, GBR
9 Jun – Oslo, NOR
16 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
15 Jul – Monaco, MON
22-23 Jul – London, GBR
25 Aug – Lausanne, SUI
27 Aug – Paris, FRA
1 Sep – Zurich, SUI
9 Sep – Brussels, BEL