HERCULIS 2022: Royal set in Monaco
Located between the World and European Championships, the Herculis EBS Meeting will allow the athletes to prolong the party on August 10th. And among them, no less than 10 recent world champions will be on the track of the Stade Louis II.
The Herculis EBS meeting is a reference in the summer calendar, attracting the best athletes in the world. This year will be no exception to the rule, with the confirmation of 10 world champions. There is no doubt that the show will be beautiful and the performances exciting to watch.
“It is an exceptional line-up that we will be bringing together at the Stade Louis II on 10 August, which reminds us of the magnificent 1992 edition, which was particularly striking in terms of its performances, when we were located just after the Barcelona Olympic Games”, confirms Jean-Pierre Schoebel, director of the Herculis EBS Meeting. – “We are still working to strengthen the list of participants but we are already proud to be able to present such champions to the Monegasque public.”
At full speed
In Eugene at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, the Jamaican women dominated the sprint. In Monaco, Shericka Jackson will line up in the 100m, where she will meet her compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the reigning world champion, for a rematch of the World Championships final. In the men’s event, Noah Lyles, a regular at the meeting, was confirmed. Impressively easy a few days ago when he won the title (19’32, third all-time), he will be keen to shine on a track he knows well, as will Grant Holloway in the 110m hurdles.
What could be better than to beat his own world record in the final of the World Championships? Sydney McLaughlin is the undisputed queen of the 400m hurdles, and will return to Monaco in a fortnight’ time. The last time was in 2019, when she won in 53’32, the best world performance of the year. Since then, the American has been crushing the competition at every outing, and the meeting record could be shattered (52’63, 2009).
Monaco, land of records
Middle-distance running has an important place in Monaco, and the track at the Stade Louis II is the only one to have seen four world records still in existence from all the Wanda Diamond League meetings, including the women’s 3,000m steeplechase in 2018.
This year, there will again be a spectacle with the presence of Norah Jeruto in the 3,000m steeplechase. In Eugene, the Kazhake had struck a blow by winning in 8’53”03, the third best performance in history, Faith Kipyegon is the best in her distance, the 1,500m, as evidenced by her two Olympic and two world titles. In Monaco, she will want to win again and achieve a world class time, like last year.
Yulimar Rojas is a regular on the vault in Monaco, as she has been coming to the principality so often. The Venezuelan, holder of the world indoor record with 15m74, will try to get a record that she does not have: that of the Herculis EBS meeting held by her rival Caterine Ibargüen (15m31 in 2014). In the high jump, it will be Mutaz Barshim who should delight public, especially as he will be pitted against the Italian Gianmarco Tamberi, for a remake of the Tokyo Olympic final. A great show in prospect! On the javelin side, all eyes will be on the double world champion of the discipline, Kelsey-Lee Barber. The Australian knows the stadium well, where she already did a training camp before the Tokyo Olympics.