The Monegasque Federation of Athletics and its president S.A.S Prince Albert II of Monaco strive each year to present to its numerous spectators an enthusiastic evening and a high level sports show.
The first Monaco Herculis meeting took place in 1987 in the newly constructed Stade Louis II. The Monegasque Federation of Athletics’ goal to promote this sport is supported by the Prince who holds sporting values close to his heart and wishes to grant the Principality the status of a “sporting center of great importance”. Prince Albert himself chairs the MFA since its creation.
During the week preceding the meeting, numerous promotional and sports animations take place across the French Riviera. The most prominent animation is the Herculis Perche Tour. It consists in a demonstration of pole vaulting by accomplished athletes followed by the possibility for the public to participate and tryout pole vaulting. Moreover, the day of the Herculis meeting, the Louis II Stadium hosts 1000m races which are open to everyone - members and non-members from children to veterans. Finally, at the end of the Diamond League competition, music and fireworks light-up Louis II's track.
Since its entry in 2010 in the IAAF Diamond League, Herculis has been greatly successful; indeed, it ranked World’s Best Meeting in 2011 and in 2014 thanks to outstanding athletic performances and in 2015 it achieved the best score ever!
On the 21st of July, 2017 at 7pm, the Stade Louis II will host the Herculis Meeting, for a night of great show!
The 2016 edition
Three weeks before the Rio Olympics Games and few days after the end of the European championships and the US and Jamaican trials, Herculis 2016 has bring to light several athletes.
15,5 million people divided in more than hundred countries has follow the meeting on TV and 11 742 spectators came at Louis II stadium.
On the track, we will remember especially the African record and world lead on 800m of the south-African Caster Semenya with 1’55″33 at the end of a stunning demonstration. South-Africa had pride of place because on the 400m men, Wayde Van Nierkerk showed his extraordinary talent. Both of them obtained the gold medal in Rio, world record for bonus for Van Niekerk.
The french Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, headlining of the edition, came back in Monaco 2 years after his French record in 2014. His return were very benefical because he realized his season best with 13″17, well helped by the fans.
Highlight of the evening, the high jump event seen the Italian Gianmarco Tamberi challenged his own Italian record at 2m39 under the tifosi ovation, came in numbers in Monaco.