Mo Farah steps down to the 1500m as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce meets Carmelita Jeter over 200m at the Monaco leg of the Diamond League series
Mo Farah makes a rare step down to the 1500m on Friday when he will take on the likes of world champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya at the Stade Louis II for the Monaco leg of the Diamond League series.
With the aim of working on his speed ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in just under a months’ time, Farah could well be pushed to a PB, which is currently set at 3:33.98 from the Monaco meet in 2009. His 5000m PB and British record of 12:53.11 was also set there two years later.
From an international point of view, one of the highlights of the meet was set to be the women’s 100m hurdles where, after missing the world record by just five hundredths of a second last month, Brianna Rollins was due to make her Diamond League debut on the international circuit with what would have been only her second competition in Europe.
However, the American, who made a massive breakthrough in clocking 12.26 to win her national title, has since withdrawn from the meet, leaving Olympic champion Sally Pearson to take on a field including Britain’s world indoor silver medallist Tiffany Porter and Olympic bronze medallist Kellie Wells.
With Farah concentrating on the metric mile, American Bernard Lagat and Kenyans Edwin Soi and Thomas Longosiwa headline the 5000m field, with Farah’s US training partner Galen Rupp also in action with athletes sure to be eyeing the Brit’s meeting record 12:53.11.
Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce goes head-to-head with world champion Carmelita Jeter as they race over 200m, while the men’s 100m will see Jimmy Vicaut line up alongside the likes of former world champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, who set a 9.97 PB in Lausanne recently, and Americans Justin Gatlin and Michael Rodgers, as the Frenchman seeks another sub-10 performance having clocked 9.95 at the French championships.
In the triple jump, Olympic champion Christian Taylor faces the likes of Cuba’s Pedro Pichardo, who leads the world rankings this year with 16.79m, while the the high jump includes American Brigetta Barrett, the world No.1 with 2.04m, and Blanka Vlasic.
Other Brits in action include Shara Proctor, Eilish McColgan, Chris Thompson and Anyika Onuora, who again steps up to the 400m.
» You can find startlists for Herculis 2013 here with the meet televised on BBC Three from 7pm – 9pm