The Herculis EBS Meeting in Monaco is a land of mid-distance records. It’s the scene of four current world records: women's 1 500m (3'50''07, Genzebe Dibaba in 2015), women's 3 000m steeplechase (8'44''32, Beatrice Chepkoech in 2018), women's mile (4'12''33, Sifan Hassan in 2019) and men's 5 000m (12'35''36, Joshua Cheptegei in 2020). For this new edition, we should expect some great performances.
1 500m Women:
Faith Kipyegon is a familiar face on the Louis II Stadium. The double World and Olympic champion achieved an XXL performance last year, crossing the line three tenths off the world record for the distance (3'50''37). The Kenyan is back this year, more determined than ever.
Kenyan Emmanuel Korir has established himself as the world's 800m master, becoming Olympic champion in 2021 and World champion in Eugene last year, then taking the Wanda Diamond League final the same year. He will be coming to Monaco to get his preparations in order before the World Championships, on a track he knows well having run there for the last two editions.
Men's 5 000m:
The men's 5 000m will look great, with several big names on the start line. Jacob Kiplimo, the world cross-country champion last February, will be there and will be aiming for victory, having won bronze in the 5 000m at the last World Championships. He will be joined by his runner-up from the world cross-country championships, Ethiopian Berihu Aregawi, world record holder in the 5km and winner of the Wanda Diamond League in 2021 on the 5 000m. For the French side, all eyes will be on Jimmy Gressier. The northerner has always performed well in the Principality, where he has broken the European 5km record on two occasions (2020 and 2023).