The current 100m & 200m World leader USA’s Tyson GAY will once again compete in the Principality just a few weeks after his scintillating performances at the US national Trials. Gay, who already competed in Monaco in 2010, will line-up for what will be an explosive 100m facing his compatriot and London bronze medallist Justin GATLIN. A three-time World champion back in Osaka 2007, Gay is back to his best shape and is currently leading the World’s season’s lists at 9.75; it would come as no surprise should Asafa Powell’s meeting record of 9.82 fall to Gay’s sprinting power.
World and Olympic champion Sally PEARSON is also returning to Monaco, and she will be facing the newly crowned American record holder Brianna ROLLINS. Monaco seems to be a lucky track for the Australian champion who set back to back Oceania record at the Louis II stadium back in 2008 and 2009. Pearson then went on to become the fourth fastest sprint hurdler of all-time with her winning performance in Daegu but has since been pushed down by one position by none other than Rollins who clocked 12.26 to win the US Trials and become the third fastest of all-time last weekend. UK record holder and Olympic Heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis will also line-up in the individual 100m Hurdles, an event in which Gloria Alozie’s meeting record of 12.44 dating back from 1998 is well within reach.
The Herculis meeting marked the professional international debut for Olympic champion Christian TAYLOR who competed in Monaco as the NCAA and national champion in 2011. Move the clock forward by a couple of years and Taylor is now the powerhouse name in the men’s Triple Jump. The World and Olympic champion returns to Monaco with a personal best of 17.96 and the ambition to not only improve on the 17.42 meeting record but also consolidate his lead in the challenging Diamond Race.
We should also expect fireworks in the men’s 400m Hurdles where Felix SANCHEZ, a two-time Olympic champion will line up alongside Michael TINSLEY of the USA and Javier CULSON of Puerto Rico, respectively the silver and bronze medallists from London 2012. It will be Sanchez’ sixth participation in Monaco!
Another “Monaco frequent flyer”, Kenya’s Asbel KIPROP has set both his 800m and 1500m personal bests in Monaco. The reigning World champion and current World leader scored a supreme win last year in 3.28.88 and proved there is room for improvement. Can he break his personal best again in Monaco?
For US High Jump champion Brigetta BARRETT, Herculis has an even stronger importance as the 2011 edition was simply her first ever time outside the US! Later that year she went on to win the Universiade in Shenzhen, and made the final in Daegu. However, her biggest accomplishment to date remains her silver medal from the London Olympic Games last summer. Barrett will return to Monaco next July as the US champion and with a recently improved 2.04 personal best just one centimeter shy of the American record.