News - 16.07.2012

Monaco: Herculis - last rehearsal before Olympics

Monaco - Next Friday (20th), the best athletes in the world will meet in Monaco on the occasion of the Samsung Diamond League meeting Herculis as their last stop before heading to London for the Olympics.

As an opening, USA 4x100m teams will bring their best games to test themselves before the Olympics Games, and should bring on Louis II track Tyson GAY, Justin GATLIN, and also Carmelita JETER and Allyson FELIX.

For the women's Pole Vault, Olympic Champion and World Record Holder Yelena ISINBAEVA will face World Champion Fabiana MURER and freshly crowned European Champion Jirina PTACNIKOVA, as well as national record holders BLEASDALE, BOSLAK and SPIEGELBURG.

On the men 400m, it will look like an Olympic final as well, with World Champion Kirani JAMES, World Champion and World Leader LaShawn MERRITT, and 3rd in Daegu Kevin BORLEE; he will be join by his twin brother Jonathan BORLEE, but also Dominican Luguelin SANTOS who just won World Junior Championships this week in Barcelona and European Champion from Helsinki Pawel MASLAK.

On the 110m Hurdles, fit enough to run will be World Indoor Champion Aries MERRITT, who just ran 12.93 in his last two finals, as well as World Champion Jason RICHARDSON with 12.98 twice at US Trials, and also Top 2 of European Championships, Sergey SHUBENKOV from Russia and Garfield DARIEN from France.

3000SC, Paul Koech against the clock, maybe to set a new stadium record? (7.53.64…)
Another fast race should be the women 100m, with Olympic Champion and World Leader Shelly-Ann FRASER-PRYCE, winner this week-end Blessing OKAGBARE, European Champion Ivet LALOVA, but also Kerron STEWART and Myriam SOUMARE.
World Champion Jesse WILLIAMS will meet European Champion Robbie GRABARZ, but NCAA Champion Eryk KYNARD is hungry for his first Samsung Diamond League meet.

Australian Mitchell WATT is the favorite for the men Long Jump after his win this weekend in London, but European Champion Sebastian BAYER, US Champion Marquise GOODWIN and British Greg RUTHERFORD went further than 8.30m this season and will be ready in Monaco.

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