Samsung Diamond League visits Monaco today, by Walt Murphy, note by Larry Eder

Andrew Wheating, 08 US Trials, photo by

The Samsung Diamond League visits Monaco today,  and there should be some astounding
competitions. My pick to watch? LaShinda Demus in the women's 400 meter hurdles, and
Andrew Wheating running his first professional 1,500 meters!

I think that Demus is ready for AR attempt and that Wheating should add to his personal
bests this season, although he has had a very long season. He will have his baptism of
fire with the 1,500 meters today, and he should fare well. 

The Samsung Diamond League continues today in Monaco.  For only $1.99, you can watch a live feed on, starting at 2pmET, at:

A delayed broadcast will air on Universal Sports TV tonight from 9-11pm and will be repeated on Friday from 2am-4am and again from 11pm-1am.

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Some key events
Men's 400-hurdles--Bershawn Jackson, Angelo Taylor, Johnny Dutch
Women's 400-hurdles--Lashinda Demus is always a threat to break the 15-year old American Record of 52.61, set by Kim Batten while winning the 1995 World Championship title. Demus came very close at this meet last year, running 52.63.
Men's 1500--A strong U.S. contingent of Bernard Lagat, Leo Manzano, Lopez Lomong, and Andrew Wheating face a loaded field that includes Kenyans Nicholas Kemboi, Augustin Choge, and Daniel Komen. Wheating beat the other Americans in the mile at the Pre Classic and, even though he ran a personal best of 3:51.74, felt he coud have run faster.
Women's 100-hurdles--Lolo Jones against the usual loaded field--fellow Americans Ginnie Crawford and Danielle Carruthers, Australia's Sally Pearson, Canada's Perdita Felicien, and Jamaica's Delloreen Ennis.
Women's 800--The U.S. is on fire in this event. Alysia Johnson ran a personal best of 1:57.85 in Italy last Sunday, NCAA Champion Phoebe Wright ran 1:58.22 at Pre, and Anna Pierce and Maggie Vessey, who were world-ranked #2 and #6, respectively, in 2009, have both been under 2-minutes this year. They'll face Jamaica's Kenia SInclair and Morocc's Halima Hachlaf.
Women's 100--Two of the world's best go head-to-head....Carmelita Jeter vs Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown.
Men's 800--Nick Symmonds against Sudan's Abubaker Kaki, who has run 1:42.23 this year, and South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the 2009 World Champion.
Men's 110-Hurdles--David Oliver is on a roll--he tied the American Record of 12.90 at the U.S. Championships, then broke it with his 12.89 in Paris.last Friday.
Men's 200--Can Tyson Gay improve his personal best of 19.58?
Women's 3000--Shannon Rowbury, the bronze medalist in the 1500 at last year's World Championships, tries her hand at this longer distance. She ran 8:47.18 during this past indoor season.
Men's Long Jump--Dwight Phillips and Panama's Irving Saladino resume their great rivalry.
Women's Javelin--American Record holder Kara Patterson against World Record holder Barbora Spotakova.

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