Organisers of the Herculis EBS Meeting have confirmed the first major stars set to compete at the Diamond League fixture in Monaco on August 14.
World champions Yulimar Rojas and Sifan Hassan, world record holder Joshua Cheptegei and European 110m hurdles champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde will all be on the slate when the series, disrupted this season by the global coronavirus pandemic, resumes at the Louis II Stadium.
Hassan broke the world record in the mile at this meeting last year, a pre-cursor to her historic 1500m/10,000m double victory at the World Championships. It wasn’t announced which distance Hassan would run. The women’s programme includes both 1000m and 5000m races.
The 27-year-old Dutchwoman hasn’t yet competed in 2020, but Rojas and Cheptegei have, both displaying world record form.
Rojas, the two-time world indoor and outdoor champion in the triple jump, sailed to a world indoor record of 15.43m at the World Athletics Indoor Meeting in Madrid on 21 February.
Five days earlier, Uganda’s Cheptegei, 23, blasted through the streets of Monaco en route to a 12:51 world record at the Monaco 5km Run. He will contest the 5000m.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: World Athletics
PHOTO: Sifan Hassan and Hellen Obiri IAAF