400m hurdles Men:
The 400m hurdles will be one of the highlights of the evening. On the starting line will be Alison Dos Santos. The Brazilian won gold in Eugene last year in 46''26, a new personal best and South American record. Back from injury, he hasn't raced yet this year. He will be joined at the start by Karsten Warholm, reigning Olympic champion and author of a stunning comeback this season in 46''52, as well as France's Wilfried Happio, European runner-up in Munich last year (48''13 this season).
Meeting record: 47''08 - Karsten Warholm (NOR) - 9 July 2021
World best performance of the year: 46''52 - Karsten Warholm (NOR) - 15 June in Oslo (NOR)
3 000m steeplechase Men:
Soufiane El Bakkali got his season off to a flying start by winning the Rabat meeting on home soil, setting a new national record (7'56''68). The world champion will be back in Monaco, where he has already won three times. Winner yesterday in Stockholm, the Moroccan will be hoping to extend his series and score points in his virtual duel with Lamecha Girma, the recent world record holder...
Meeting record: 7'53''64 - Brimin Kiprop Kipruto (KEN) - 22 July 2011
Best world performance of the year: 7'52''11 - Lamecha Girma (ETH) - 9 June in Paris (FRA)
Shericka Jackson impressed everyone last year, becoming the second best performer of all time in 21''45 (+0.6). In Monaco, she will be at the start of the 200m, on a track she knows well, having set a personal best in the 100m last year (10''71, +0.4).
The Jamaican has only run one 200m this season (21''98, +0.8 in Rabat). There's no doubt she'll be keen to get back to the top of the rankings...
Meeting record: 21''77 (+1.0) - Merlene Ottey (JAM) - 7 August 1993
World best performance of the year: 21''91 (+1.8) - Julien Alfred (LCA) - 14 April in Gainesville (USA)
In the javelin throw, all eyes will be on Anderson Peters. The two-time world champion in the discipline threw 85m88 this year in Doha, in his first competition of the season. In Monaco, the Grenadian will be looking for the throw that will enable him to approach Budapest with full confidence.
Meeting record: 90m20 - Raymond Hecht (GER) - 10 August 1996
World best performance of the year: 89m51 - Jakub Vadlejch (CZE) - 13 June in Turku (FIN)
High Jump Women:
A great duel in perspective on the Monegasque vault. Eleanor Patterson, the reigning world champion, will be up against it.
The Australian surprised everyone last year by clearing 2m02 to win. She has not yet jumped this season. Facing her is Nafissatou Thiam. The Belgian has made this discipline one of her strengths during her heptathlons, and has a personal best of 2m02, set in 2019. This year, the double Olympic and World champion cleared 1m91 in her only competition of the season. She will be coming to Monaco to get her bearings and build up her confidence before flying to Budapest with the ambition of claiming a third world title.
Meeting record: 2m05 - Mariya Lasitskene (ANA) - 21 July 2017
World best performance of the year: 2m02 - Nicola Olyslagers (AUS) - 29 June in Lausanne (SUI)