Although not one that counts in terms of Diamond League points, the men’s 1500m race, in Monaco the ninth stop of the Diamond League series brings together the six top performers of the year most notably Timothy Cheruiyot.
Kenya’s world silver medalist took almost a second off the Lausanne meeting record at last Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Switzerland, clocking 3:28.77, the fastest recorded this season. He also set a then personal best of 3:28.41 in winning last year’s 1500m in Monaco.
Facing him again will be Norwegian brothers Filip and 18-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen, European champions at this distance in 2016 and 2018 respectively. The latter clocked 3:30.16 in Lausanne, a pending world U20 record.
Others in the field include Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera, who set a world indoor record of 3:31.39 earlier this year, Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman, who has run 3:30.79 this season, and Ronald Musagala of Uganda, who has clocked 3:31.33.
The women’s mile race will feature world record breakers as Kenya’s 3000m steeplechase specialist Beatrice Chepkoech, take on the current mile race world record holder Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, who set the time of 3min 50.07 on this track four years ago.
Chepkoech record was also set in Monaco where the middle distances have co-existed with inspiring support.
The two will have to be at their best to withstand the challenge of the Dutch European 5000m champion Sifan Hassan, who also set a world record in Monaco earlier this year over the 5km road distance.
In the men’s 800m race, Jonathan Kitilit, Ferguson Rotich and Michael Saruni will battle Botswana’s sensation Nijel Amos.
While in 3000m steeplechase Men’s race Kenya’s contingent will include Nicholas Bett, Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwot, Benjamin Kigen, Lawrence Kipsang na Barnabas Kipyego.