More worldclass athletes confirm for Herculis meet
By Stephanie Horsman - July 23, 2020
Organisers of the upcoming Herculis EBS have announced several more Olympic and world medallists have confirmed their presence at the Stade Louis II in Monaco next month.
World-class athletes from around the world are coming together on Friday, 14th August for the 2020 edition of the Herculis EBS.
France will have a large presence in the games with nine athletes on the track and field participating in this major event. Jimmy Gressier will be running the 5,000m mens. Current French record-holder Liv Westphal will strut her stuff for the 5,000m women’s event. Djilali Bedrani will be racing the 3,000m steeplechase, while Alex Miellet will run the 1,500m and Christophe Lemaitre will take on the 200m sprint. Hurdlers Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Wilhem Belocian will take on the 100m hurdle, whilst Ludvy Vaillant goes for the 400m hurdle. Finally, Valentin Lavillenie will represent France in the pole vault.
Newcomers to the games include two-time World Champion and European record holder in the 400m hurdle, while Karsten Warholm will try to best his own time from last year in the 300m hurdles as well as in the 400m.
Timothy Cheruiyot, World champion and double winner in Monaco, will be on the starting line where he will meet the brothers Jakob and Filip Ingebrgisten, with his heart set on remaining undefeated in Monaco for the men’s 1,500m.
World and Olympic medallist and defending Diamond League champion Orlando Ortega will take on the 110m hurdle.
Ukraine will be represented at the high jump with the junior world record holder Yaroslava Mahuchikh (2m04 in 2019) alongside her compatriot Yuliya Levchenko (2m02 in 2019). They will face the world heptathlon champion Katerina Johnson-Thompson (1m98 in 2016).
Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon will face 800m World Champion Halimah Nakaayi, and Brit Laura Muir in the women’s 1000m.
Finally, in the 100m women’s race, the reigning Herculis EBS champion and world medallist Marie-Josée Ta Lou will face European leader Ajla Del Ponte from Switzerland.
Tickets are €10 and are limited to 500 total due to the health regulations in place. They will be on sale at the ticket office at Stade Louis II from 27th July or online at www.herculis.com
[caption id="attachment_27447" align="alignnone" width="640"] Prince Albert signs the National Energy Pact. Photo: Gaeten Luci/Palais Princier[/caption]
On Friday, January 19, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, presented to the press the National Pact for the energy transition of the Principality.
Consisting of a simple charter and sectoral action plans, the National Pact, which will be sent by post next week to all residents and commerce, allows everyone to commit contribute, in their own way, to Monaco's energy transition.
[caption id="attachment_27446" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Manuel Vitali/DC[/caption]
The pact – "Je m’engage" – has been signed by Prince Albert, all ministers and the president of the Conseil National. The objectives are clear: to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas, to limit energy use and to increase the local production of renewable energy in three main categories – transportation, waste and energy.
An online carbon calculator especially adapted for Monaco will enable households to measure their own emissions.
The National Pact stems directly from the Paris Agreement and represents a new and practical measure by the Prince's Government for energy transition, following the publication of the Energy Transition White Paper (March 2017), the launch of the Principality's solar cadastre (June 2017) and the creation of a joint Government/SMEG company allowing for the purchase of electric power plants using renewable energies (June 2017).
The pact, with its habit changing initiatives, is part of the government's ambitious 50 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Minister Gramaglia told Monaco Life, “Everything we are doing – in terms of environmental protection and alternative means of transport – must be multiplied by four in order to satisfy this commitment."
More information in English and French: transition-energetique.gouv.mc.