Star athletes from across the globe gathered in Monaco’s Stade Louis II once again for the annual Diamond League track and field event on the evening of Friday, July 21. The event, which more specifically goes by the Herculis EBS Meeting International d’Athletisme, is well known for the records smashed, and this year was certainly no different.
Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon demolished the women’s mile world record by almost five seconds, completed the race in four minutes, 7.64 seconds to smash Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan’s 2019 record of 4:12.33. Hassan’s record was also set in Monaco.
Kipyegon took the lead with two laps of the Stade left to run, and was embraced by her competitors after her world record finish. The Kenyan athlete has now broken three world records in just two months, including the 1500m and 5000m, and became the first woman to beat the 4:10 mark in history.
Another momentous meeting in Monaco with a first class conclusion, the Herculis Monaco event will return next year, when more records risk being shattered.
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