(July 19) — A stacked women’s one-mile field, consisting of Faith Kipyegon, Nikki Hiltz, Laura Muir, and Jessica Hull, has been assembled for the 2023 Herculis EBS Monaco – Wanda Diamond League meeting at the Stade Louis II on Friday (21).
Hull, who set an Oceanian and Australian record of 4:18.24 last month, currently sits third on the world’s top list for the year 2023. Nikki Hiltz, who recently won the 1500m at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, and recorded a time of 4:18.38 last month, holds the fourth spot on the list of the best women’s one-mile times this season.
However, the race favorite is certainly Faith Kipyegon, even though she has not yet participated in this event this year. – More news: Faith Kipyegon shatters 1500m world record in Florence
In fact, the two-time Kenyan Olympic champion in the 1500m, who also holds the current world record in that event, last competed in the one-mile race in 2016, finishing with a time of 4:18.60.
Despite her limited appearance in the mile race, Kipyegon owns a personal best of 4:16.71, which surpasses the rest of the field.
Considering her recent form and results, which also include her record-setting performance of 14:05.20 in the 5000m, it is likely that the 29-year-old will improve upon her current personal best, which currently stands as the joint-eighth fastest time for a one-mile race on the all-time list.
Following her historic performances in Firenze and Paris, would it be too much of us to envision a third world record run from the 29-year-old this season? Anything is possible!
- More track and field news: Women’s 1500m report: Excited Nikki Hiltz shocks favorites at USA Championships
Laura Muir, the two-time European 1500m champion from Great Britain, holds a personal best of 4:18.03 for the one mile. Additionally, she posted a time of 4:20.15 during the indoor season. Muir is ranked 18th on the all-time list for the outdoor mile.
Meanwhile, Jessica Hull and Nikki Hiltz hold the 22nd and 23rd positions, respectively, in the event’s historical rankings. Just outside the top 25 is another top athlete, Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo, who achieved a personal best time of 4:18.65, placing her at 26th and is also entered in the Monaco Diamond League field.
The race also features USATF Outdoor Championships 5000m and 10,000m champion Elise Cranny, who will continue her preparations for the world track and field championships next month with a quality speed workout session. Cranny has a personal best in the one-mile of 4:21.90.
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Women’s Mile Race Field – Monaco Diamond League
- Joselyn Daniely Brea (VEN) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:43.42
- Abbey Caldwell (AUS) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:38.04
- Berenice Cleyet-Merle (FRA) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:28.89
- Melissa Courtney-Bryant (GBR) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:23.15
- Elise Cranny (USA) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:21.90
- Esther Guerrero (ESP) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:22.81
- Agathe Guillemot (FRA) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:31.31
- Freweyni Hailu (ETH) – SB: N/A, PB: N/A
- Nikki Hiltz (USA) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:18.38
- Jessica Hull (AUS) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:18.24
- Faith Kipyegon (KEN) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:16.71
- Ciara Mageean (IRL) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:22.03
- Laura Muir (GBR) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:18.03
- Winnie Nanyondo (UGA) – SB: N/A, PB: 4:20.03
- Kristie Schoffield (USA) – SB: N/A, PB: N/A