Sydney McLaughlin wins the 400m hurdles at the Diamond League final in Zurich (© Jiro Mochizuki)
Just a few weeks after her remarkable world 400m hurdles record of 50.68 at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, Sydney McLaughlin is set to return to Wanda Diamond League action for the first time in three years.
The US hurdles superstar has been announced for the Meeting Herculis EBS in Monaco on 10 August – her first Diamond League meeting since 2019, when she won the Diamond Trophy.
The meeting record (52.63) and Diamond League record (52.27) are sure to be in her sights.
McLaughlin is among 10 world champions announced for the event, a number of those renewing their rivalries with fellow medallists from Oregon.
Jamaica’s now five-time world 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will go head-to-head with her compatriot Shericka Jackson, the 100m silver medallist and 200m champion in Oregon. USA’s Noah Lyles, fresh from retaining his world 200m title, will look to continue his winning ways, as will his compatriot Grant Holloway, now also a two-time world champion following his 110m hurdles win on home soil at Hayward Field.
The women’s world 3000m steeplechase record was set in Monaco in 2018 and the event is set to be in the spotlight yet again, with Kazakhstan’s world champion Norah Jeruto in the line up.
Faith Kipyegon has happy memories of racing in the Stade Louis II, having set her Kenyan record of 3:51.07 there last year, and she returns, fresh from regaining her world title.
As McLaughlin competes on the track, the field will also have a world record-holder in action, Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas looking to continue her fine form after retaining her triple jump title in Oregon.
Australia's Kelsey Lee-Barber and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim also followed their respective javelin and high jump victories in Doha with further World Championships success in Oregon and have been announced for Monaco.
Organisers for World Athletics