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How to watch the Monaco Diamond League

Canada's Andre De Grasse and Marco Arop will be going head to head with several of the world's top athletes

After an exciting meet in Oslo last week, Diamond League action will continue on Friday in Monaco. With only a couple more competitions to go before the Olympics, several of the world’s top athletes will be in attendance and track fans won’t want to miss it.

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400m hurdles

The highlight of the meet will be the men’s 400m hurdles, which will see Norway’s Karsten Warholm return to the track after running 46.70 last week in Oslo, breaking Kevin Young’s 29-year-old world record of 46.78 from the Barcelona Olympics. Track fans were hoping for a clash-of-the-titans-style showdown with American hurdler Rai Benjamin, who missed Young’s record by only 0.05 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials, but Benjamin has cancelled his trip to Europe. We will now have to wait for the Olympic final to see the two athletes go head-to-head.

100m

Canada’s Andre De Grasse will be headlining the men’s 100m, where he will race against all three of the U.S.A.’s Tokyo-bound sprinters, Trayvon Bromell, Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley. De Grasse has won his last two races, both of which were 200m, and Canadians will look forward to seeing what he’ll do in the shorter event.

1,500m

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot will be the match-up to watch in the men’s 1,500m. Ingebrigtsen is entering the race with a personal best time of 3:28.68, but has only managed a season’s best of 3:36.27 so far this year. Cheruiyot’s PB is slightly faster at 3:28.41, and has run 3:30.48 already this season. Australia’s Stewart McSweyn will also be a challenger for the win.

On the women’s side, all eyes will be on Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon. Hassan has had a record-breaking year, shattering the 10,000m world record in June in 29:06.82, and has run 3:53.63 this year. Kipyegon has run 3:53.91 so far this season, and while Hassan may be the favourite, she will no doubt make her fight for the win.

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800m

Familiar names in the women’s 800m will be Kate Grace, Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir, but it will be Cuba’s Rose Mary Almanza who enters the race as the favourite. Canada’s Marco Arop will be competing on the men’s side against the U.K.’s Elliot Giles and American Clayton Murphy.

3,000m steeplechase

U.S.A.’s Emma Coburn will be on the start line of the women’s 3,000m steeplechase along with Kenyan runner Beatrice Chepkoech. Chepkoech is already the world record-holder in the event, and broke the world record in the 5,000m earlier this year in February. She is the only woman in the field who has run under nine minutes (her world record is 8:44.32), and she is easily the favourite for the win.

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How to watch

The action will begin Friday, July 9 at 1 p.m. ET, and Canadian track fans can watch it live on the CBC Sports website. The meet will also be broadcast live on the Diamond League’s official YouTube channel.