9th August 2022
2022 DIAMOND LEAGUE HEADS TO MONACO WITH FOUR BRITS IN ACTION
World champion Jake Wightman (coach: Geoff Wightman, Edinburgh) will be joined by Commonwealth medallists Lizzie Bird (Pat McCurry, Shaftesbury Barnet) and Daryll Neita (Marco Airale, Cambridge Harriers) for Wanda Diamond League action as the series heads to Monaco on Wednesday 10 August.
Wightman, who won 1500m gold in Eugene, and followed that up with bronze for Scotland in Birmingham, heads off to the Monaco for a shot over 1000m [19:14 BST]. At the famous Stade Louis II, the Briton will take on a stacked field including Olympic and world 800m champion Emmanuel Korir (KEN), with Commonwealth 800m victor Wyclife Kinyamal Kisasy (KEN) and world bronze medallist Marco Arop (CAN) also featuring.
After a sterling effort to win Commonwealth Games silver in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in Birmingham, Lizzie Bird will have sights on the British record again, now held by Aimee Pratt, in the final event of the programme [20:44]. Bird had held the national best after posting the time at the Tokyo Olympic Games before Pratt’s 9:15.64 clocking in Eugene. The Shaftesbury Barnet athlete is in good form after improving her best to 9:17.79 at the Alexander Stadium last week.
Another in-form athlete is Daryll Neita who continues to get faster over 100m [19:24]. An individual bronze and relay gold medallist for Team England, the Cambridge Harriers athlete joins a field including Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) and Shericka Jackson (JAM), the 100m and 200m world champions from Oregon 2022.
In the non Diamond League 800m race, Jemma Reekie (Andy Young, Kilbarchan) is the only British representative and the race starts at 19:56.
The Wanda Diamond League Monaco is live on BBC Three at 19:00 on Wednesday 10 August.
Start lists and results are here.