Mo Farah to compete at Herculis

Jean-Pierre Schoebel, Director of Herculis 2016, the international track and field meet on July 15, has revealed the list of competing athletes…

With only three weeks to go before the Rio Summer Olympics, the 29th edition of the Herculis athletics competition at Stade Louis II promises to be captivating. Last year, Genzebe Dibaba set a world record in Monaco for the women’s 1500m, with a time of 3:50.07.

This 10th stop of the IAAF Diamond League World Tour brings together the world’s best athletes – including world record holder Asbel Kiprop who will take on Mo Farah in the 1500m – for a total of sixteen events, eight each for men and women, scheduled from 19:00 to 22:00.

“Spectators will have a good time and it’s not at all expensive,” Jean-Pierre Schoebel, Director of Herculis, told Monaco Life, before commenting on how track and field has changed over the last three decades. “The level of athleticism has increased, particularly for women. In the beginning, the same programme was not available to female athletes. Now we have women’s triple jump, pole vault, and longer distances like the 800m.”

Middle distance races, the 800m, 1500m and the mile, are particularly competitive in Monaco due to the protected track, sea level altitude and a good climate. The men’s events include the 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, 110m hurdles, high jump, long jump and discus throw. Women will compete in the 100m, 800m, 3000m, 400m hurdles, pole vault, triple jump, shot put and javelin throw.

Since 1998, a 1000m race has been organised on the day for licensed and non-licensed athletes at Stade Louis II. Some 42 trials for various age and experience categories, will take place from 10:00 to 18:20.

In addition, for the ninth consecutive year, the Monegasque Athletics Federation is organising the “Tournoi de Perchistes”, which will include demonstrations on Tuesday July 12 at the Plage des Jeunes in Villefranche-sur-mer, Wednesday July 13 at Port Hercule in Monaco and at the Plage des Sablettes in Menton on Thursday July 14. Onlookers are invited to try the various track and field disciplines. Tickets can be purchased online or directly at the stadium from €10 to €50.