28 MAY 2014 General News Monaco

Mission: world record for high jumpers in Monaco – IAAF Diamond League

Ivan Ukhov winning at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco (Philippe Fitte)Ivan Ukhov winning at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco (Philippe Fitte) © Copyright

After the opening leg of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League in Doha, which produced the world-leading high jump mark of 2.41m, Herculis Monaco is proud to announce that the main protagonists of the event will be at Louis II Stadium on 18 July.

Ukraine’s world champion Bohdan Bondarenko will face his main rivals, including Russia’s Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov, world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim and Commonwealth record-holder Derek Drouin.

All of them have jumped 2.40m or higher in the past 12 months.

USA’s Olympic silver medallist Erik Kynard – the man widely tipped to become the next member of the 2.40m club – is also in the field.

The meeting record of 2.37m, set in 2006 by Andrey Silnov, looks to be on borrowed time. Patrik Sjoberg’s European record of 2.42m could also go, but the big target is of course Javier Sotomayor’s world record of 2.45m, set in 1993.

Organisers for the IAAF

2014 IAAF Diamond League calendar

Doha, QAT – 9 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
Eugene, USA – 31 May
Rome, ITA – 5 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 11 Jun
New York, USA – 14 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 3 Jul
Paris, FRA – 5 Jul
Glasgow, GBR – 11-12 Jul
Monaco, MON – 18 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 21 Aug
Birmingham, GBR – 24 Aug
Zurich, SUI – 28 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 5 Sep