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Herculis 2019

Herculis 2019

By Cassandra Tanti - July 9, 2019

On the back of winning the title of best meeting in the 2018 Diamond League, the 33rd edition of Herculis Monaco promises to be another high level event, drawing today’s best international athletes.

Herculis 2018. Photo credit: Philippe Fitte

The Stade Louis II will welcome the crème de la crème of the athletic world this Thursday 11th July from 7pm, including three-time world record holder Pierre-Ambroise Bosse and reigning world champion in the 800m Filippo Tortu.

After last year’s successful shot put competition at Port Hercule, the organisation has decided to renew the experience, so the public will be able to attend the women’s triple jump contest on Thursday at 7pm on the Albert I platform between the pool and La Rascasse.

Prince Albert at the 2018 edition of Herculis Monaco. Photo credit: Philippe Fitte

Then on Friday, eight men’s events (100m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m steeple, pole, javelin, triple jump), seven women’s (200m, 800m, Brave like Gabe Mile, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump) and 41 races of 1,000m will take place at the stadium.

Closing the event will be a fireworks programme at 10.15pm.

The meeting will also pay tribute to Gabriele Grunewald, who would have been 33-years-old on 25th June. Diagnosed with cancer in 2009, she holds the 11th American performance of all time in the 1,500m with 4’01”48 achieved in Monaco in 2013. In 2014, she became champion of the United States in the 3,000m indoor. Then, in 2018, she created the association ‘Brave like Gabe’ to raise funds and awareness about rare forms of cancer. After more than 10 years fighting the disease, the American athlete, a middle distance racing specialist, died on 11thJune 2019. In her honour, the organisation has changed the name of the Mile Women race to the Brave Like Gabe Mile.

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