Asbel Kiprop and David Rudisha shared the interview table as Marc Maury, an accomplished interviewer in French and English, opened the press conference. Many times, Marc Maury has successfully gleaned information out of athletes, who, maybe fearful of their language skills, get stage fright, or, just don’t have much to say.
KIPROP AND RUDISHA WITH BIG PLANS, TOP FIELD IN MEN HIGH JUMP
MONACO (MON): Great fields with expected great weather that is the last IAAF Diamond League meet before the championships break in Monaco. Herculis is promising very special 200 m (Gatlin vs Gay vs Ashmeade), Rudisha in the 800 m, Kiprop trying for fast time in the 1500 m and loaded men high jump. First years race of European Athlete 2013 Zuzana Hejnova is the women special issue.
Event by event
200 m: Ashmeade is the current top, Gatlin from lane 7 and Gay from lane 3 are big stars, but what is their capability here?
400 m: L. Merritt for another win and can secure Diamond Race for him, from behind coming African record holder Makwala and US Champ Roberts.
800 m (non-DL): Rudisha another fast time plan (WL is 1:43.34), but Aman is here, also Amos, and feeling home advantage Bosse.
1500 m: Kiprop with big plans ( at 1100 m) wants to improve WL for sure (3:29.18), possibly MR 3:27.34. Souleiman also in shape as is S. Kiplagat and newcomer Kwemoi.
Steeple: Birech to prove his position against two KiprutoÂ´s (B and C) and Jager. First sub 8 of the year?
110mH: PML wants sub 13, Oliver and Ortega should not be underestimated, first race since May for A. Merritt. PML with win will have the Diamond Race.
HJ: The field of the evening with all six 240 this year. Bondarenko, Barshim, Ukhov, Drouin, Protsenko, Dmitrik, you cannot ask for more. MR 237 for sure.
LJ: Li Jinzhe on paper, what is the health situation of Menkov.
DT: Malachowski, but also Kanter and Hadadi.
100 m: Bowie is back after some health issues, but also the shape of SAFP is improving. Not to forget Okagbare and Campbell-Brown.
800 m: Sum wants to remain unbeaten and asked for 56.5 pace. Group attacking her is headed by Poistogova, Nanyondo and Wilson. With a win Sum gets the Diamond Race.
5000 m: Dibaba to rule, will Hassan stay with her, Cherono also there. WL under threat 14:34.99. Actually first ever 5k for women at Herculis.
400mH: Return of Hejnova, WL holder is Spencer, US champ Carter in first race since her title win.
PV: All the best here, Murer leading the lists, Ryzih in Europe, Suhr Olympic winner, Silva World indoor champion. Surprise from Stefanidi?
TJ: Ibarguen is still unbeaten, Koneva ready to attack.
SP: Adams for another one. MR would mean also WL. Her 53rd win in a row will also mean Diamond Race.
JT: Spotakova is also unbeaten but wants the WL (67.32), Ratej, Stahl and Mickle will waiting behind for their chance.