Kipyegon, Cheruiyot confirmed for Monaco DL

Olympics 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon and world 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot have been confirmed for the Monaco Diamond League slated for August 14.

The Diamond League series will resume after the coronavirus pandemic halted the season that was slated to kick off in Doha, Qatar in April.

Kipyegon who will be making her debut at the Monaco meet, will contest the 1000m in which she’ll face world 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda and European 1500m champion Laura Muir of Britain.

It will also be the first competitive appearance for Kipyegon since clinching silver at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

On his part, Cheruiyot will be competing in his preferred 1500m race and will be clashing with Norwegian brothers Jakob and Filip Ingebrigsten.

Cheruiyot, the three-time Diamond League champion will be seeking revenge against the Norwegians who beat Kenyans to win the virtual race at the Impossible Games held on June 11.

Other Kenyans who have been confirmed for the meet are world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri and world 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto.

Being the first meet post-coronavirus, organisers have confirmed a galaxy of stars to grace the event that is set for Principality’s Louis II Stadium.

World 10000m champion Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda as well as world 1500m champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands are also in the mix, so as the world triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela.

Two-time world 400m hurdles champion Karsten Warholm will compete in Monaco for the first time in his career.

Similarly, two-time world champion Sam Kendricks has been confirmed for the pole vault. The North American record-holder will face world record-holder Mondo Duplantis, whose participation was announced earlier this month.

Other stars already announced for the meet are; world 200m champion Noah Lyles and Katarina Johnson-Thompson, the world champion in the heptathlon, who will compete in the high jump.

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