World champion Chepkoech confirmed for Monaco leg


Beatrice Chepkoech on her way to winning the steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League meeting ...
Beatrice Chepkoech on her way to winning the steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco (PHOTO/Philippe Fitte)

In Summary

  • Chepkoech will return to the scene of her world record clocking of 8:44.32 from two years ago.
  • Also primed for the event is world 800m champion and 2019 Diamond League winner Donavan Brazier.

Organisers of the Herculis meeting have confirmed the participation of four more global champions for the Wanda Diamond League fixture in Monaco on 14 August.

World steeplechase champion Beatrice Chepkoech will return to the scene of her world record clocking of 8:44.32 from two years ago.

The Kenyan’s last race was a victory at the World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting in Dusseldorf in February, where she clocked a Kenyan indoor 1500m record of 4:02.09.

Also primed for the event is world 800m champion and 2019 Diamond League winner Donavan Brazier.

The 23-year-old US middle-distance runner set a North American record of 1:42.34 to win the world title in Doha last year. His form this year is promising too, having clocked a North American indoor 800m record of 1:44.22 back in February and a 1500m PB of 3:35.85 in Portland earlier this month.

Like Brazier, world 110m hurdles champion Grant Holloway will be competing in Monaco for the first time. Following a string of record-breaking feats on the US collegiate scene, the 22-year-old turned professional last year and went on to win the world title in Doha.

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has also been confirmed for Monaco. Having finished third over 100m in 2018 and second in the 200m last year, the Jamaican sprinter will move back down to the shorter distance and she’ll be keen to achieve her first victory at the Stade Louis II.

European 400m champion Justyna Swiety-Ersetic of Poland is another addition to the Herculis line-up. Along with her four continental titles, the 27-year-old owns four global medals in the 4x400m.

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