Three South African athletes will compete at the 10th leg of the IAAF Diamond League series in Monaco on Friday night.
Middle-distance specialist Caster Semenya again leads the charge, while sprinters Carina Horn and Luxolo Adams will be eager to make statements of their own. We take a look at what they’re up against.
Carina Horn (100m, 8.50pm)
After making a career breakthrough by blazing to a national record of 10.98 seconds in Doha in the first week of May, Horn has been unable to replicate that performance with another sub-11 effort, but she continues to carry a lone flag for SA women’s sprinting at the highest level. She will look to put up a fight against a powerful line-up which is spearhead by Ivorian athlete Marie-Josee ta Lou, who holds the 2018 world lead of 10.85.
Caster Semenya (800m, 9.25pm)
In explosive form this year across a range of distances, Semenya will shift her focus back to her favoured two-lap event. While the 12-strong field includes the likes of Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and American athlete Ajee Wilson – the only other women to have dipped under 1:57.00 this season – the world and Olympic champion will turn out as the firm favourite for another Diamond League victory after clocking a national record of 1:54.25 in Paris last month.
Luxolo Adams (200m, 9.35pm)
Becoming a regular fixture on the top-flight circuit, Adams has delivered a string of consistent performances this year. His efforts have seen him climb to ninth spot in the Diamond League half-lap standings, with the national champion having earned six points thus far in his maiden campaign. He is up against the likes of world champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey and 2018 world leader Noah Lyles of the US, who holds a 19.69 season’s best.