Athletics: Pedro Pichardo amongst latest names confirmed for Herculis Meeting

Pedro Pichardo in the triple jump

With the 2023 edition of the Herculis Meeting just a few weeks away, more athletes are being confirmed for the prestigious athletics event. 

There will be 14 different events on the night of 21st July at the Stade Louis II. Elite sportsmen and women will compete in each and, as the Herculis Meeting approaches, more of their names are being revealed.

The 400m hurdles promises to be a highlight with Karsten Warholm, the Olympic champion and a strong favourite for the event. Frenchman Wilfried Happio, however, will be expected to give the Norwegian a run for his money.

Malaika Mihanbo to take part in Women’s Long Jump

The Men’s Triple Jump also promises great excitement. Pedro Pichardo, the current Olympic and World Champion, has confirmed his presence at the event. The Portuguese athlete is in good form so far this season and jumped 17m91 in Doha, despite a considerable breeze. However, Italian Andy Díaz has also been in top form and will certainly be in contention for a medal, as will Jean-Marc Pontvianne, who qualified for the Budapest Meeting with a personal best.

Malaika Mihanbo, the Olympic and World Champion, will be taking part in the Women’s Long Jump. However, she is still finding her feet this season and will want to make a statement in Monaco.

Malaika Mihanbo by Matthew Quine

Hilary Kpatcha will be up there too in pursuit of a gold medal. The Frenchwoman has jumped further than 6m75 three times in a row this season and won gold at the European Championships. The highly consistent Larissa Iapichino is the current custodian of the Italian national record in the discipline and has been in good form. She could certainly upset the favourites for the event.

As more names are added to the lineup, excitement for the event is building. Tickets for the event are still available and start from just €15.



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