Faith Kipyegon just misses world record; Noah Lyles wins 200m showdown in Monaco


Kenyan Faith Kipyegon ran the second-fastest women’s 1500m in history, while Noah Lyles won a men’s 200m showdown with the ninth-best time ever at a Diamond League meet in Monaco on Wednesday.

Kipyegon ran 3:50.37 to miss Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba‘s world record by three tenths of a second.

“I have been chasing the time for quite some time, but I am happy with the personal best,” Kipyegon said, according to organizers. “It seems I did not give all, but I tried hard. I knew this was the best place to get the world record, but I am so disappointed I lost it in the last meters. I hope for the best next time.”

Kipyegon, a 28-year-old mom, owns two Olympic 1500m gold medals and two world 1500m titles. She ran by herself for the last 600 meters after pacers shed, aided by lights along the track showing her the world record pace.

They went out 2.86 seconds faster at 800 meters than Dibaba’s pacers did for her world record in Monaco in 2015. Over the next lap, Kipyegon fell 11 hundredths behind Dibaba’s pace going into the last 300 meters.

Later, Lyles claimed the men’s 200m in 19.46 seconds, his second-best time after his 19.31 American record from last month’s world championships. Lyles distanced 18-year-old world bronze medalist Erriyon Knighton (19.84) and world 400m champion Michael Norman (19.95), cementing his status as the clear current 200m king. He became the first man to break 19.50 twice in one year.

Full Monaco results are here. The Diamond League returns after a break for the European Championships for the season’s last three meets, starting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Aug. 26.

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women’s 100m in 10.62 seconds, matching the sixth-best time in history. Fraser-Pryce, a 35-year-old with seven combined Olympic and world 100m titles, has broken 10.70 seconds eight times in her career, all in the last two years after returning from 2017 childbirth. Six of those times came since May 7, and three of them came in the last five days.

Countrywoman Shericka Jackson, the world 200m champion, was second in 10.71, a personal best by .02 to become the sixth-fastest woman in history. Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Cote d’Ivoire was third in 10.72, taking .06 off the African record.

Two-time world champion Grant Holloway won the 110m hurdles in 12.99 seconds, edging world silver medalist Trey Cunningham by four hundredths. Holloway ran the second-fastest time in the world this year behind Devon Allen‘s 12.84. Allen wasn’t in Monaco as he’s at Philadelphia Eagles training camp, bidding to make the team at wide receiver.

Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas won a women’s triple jump that included the top six from worlds. Rojas, the Olympic and world champion and world record holder, moved from last to first with a 15.01-meter leap in the fifth of six rounds.

Australian Kelsey-Lee Barber won a battle among the world championships medalists in the women’s javelin. Barber, the gold medalist, threw 64.50 meters. Japan’s Haruka Kitaguchi, the bronze medalist, took second, while American Kara Winger, the silver medalist, was fourth.

Surprise world 1500m champion Jake Wightman of Great Britain ran down Canadian Marco Arop to win the men’s 1000m in 2:13.88. Kenyan Emmanuel Korir, the Olympic and world 800m champion, finished last in the rarely contested distance.

Burundi’s Thierry Ndikumwenayo ran the third-fastest 3000m in history, catching Ethiopian Berihu Aregawi. The 3000m is not on the Olympic or world championships program. Grant Fisher ran an American record 7:28.48, taking .52 off Bernard Lagat‘s American record.

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Noah Lyles faces new challenge at Monaco Diamond League; TV, live stream schedule

Noah Lyles, Michael Norman

Noah Lyles‘ biggest threats to his 200m supremacy through the next Olympics are all slated to line up against him at a Diamond League meet in Monaco on Wednesday.

It airs live on Peacock from 2-4 p.m. ET. CNBC airs coverage Saturday from 1-3.

Lyles, who broke Michael Johnson‘s American record at the world championships last month, is the headliner of the main event of the most prestigious annual track and field competition in Europe.

But there are others on the marquee: Michael Norman, who at last earned his world title in the 400m and could move down in distance for the 2024 Paris Games. Plus 18-year-old phenom Knighton, who took bronze at worlds.

That’s just one of Wednesday’s sizzling sprint fields. World records could also be under threat in other events in Monaco, which has a penchant for producing fast times in distance races.

Here are the Monaco entry lists. Here’s the schedule of events (all times Eastern):

12:30 p.m. — Men’s Long Jump
1:20 — Women’s Pole Vault
1:35 — Women’s Javelin
1:45 — Men’s High Jump
2:04 — Women’s 400m Hurdles
2:14 — Men’s 1000m
2:24 — Women’s 100m
2:26 — Women’s Triple Jump
2:32 — Women’s 1500m
2:47 — Men’s 110m Hurdles
2:56 — Women’s 800m
3:06 — Women’s 400m
3:16 — Men’s 3000m
3:33 — Men’s 200m
3:44 — Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

Here are five events to watch (statistics via and World Athletics):

Women’s 100m — 2:24 p.m. ET
Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce returns four days after running the world’s fastest time this year, a 10.66 that was one hundredth faster than she clocked to win her fifth world title last month. The 35-year-old mom could be pushed to something faster given the additional presence of Shericka Jackson, who took silver in the world championships 100m and gold in the 200m.

Women’s Triple Jump — 2:26 p.m. ET
The deepest event of the meet with the top six returning from the world championships, led by Olympic and world champion and world record holder Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela. Rojas’ lone defeat in nearly three years came in Monaco last year, where Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts got the win. Ricketts is in this field. Ricketts took silver at worlds, but was nearly two feet behind Rojas, who had the three best jumps of the final. The margin separating Rojas from Ricketts was greater than the margin separating Ricketts from sixth place.

Women’s 1500m — 2:32 p.m. ET
Faith Kipyegon
, the Olympic and world champion, could take aim at the world record. Last year in Monaco, she lowered her Kenyan record by 2.84 seconds and ran the fourth-fastest time in history. Her 3:51.07 was exactly one second slower than Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba‘s world record, set in Monaco in 2015. Kipyegon, a 28-year-old mom, ran the six best times of her career in the last 14 months. Her top rivals aren’t in the Monaco field, but Americans Sinclaire Johnson and Elise Cranny will be among those sizing themselves up against the legendary miler.

Men’s 110m Hurdles — 2:47 p.m. ET
Could be a better race than the world championships final won by Grant Holloway over countryman Trey Cunningham. Monaco has those two, plus U.S. champion Daniel Roberts, who was eliminated in the first round at worlds, and Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica, who withdrew before the world championships final injured. The only missing man is Devon Allen, who is busy trying to make the Philadelphia Eagles roster.

Men’s 200m — 3:33 p.m. ET
Lyles and Norman go head-to-head for the first time since 2019, when Norman handed Lyles his first outdoor 200m defeat in three years. The 2016 World Junior Championships roommates have since become senior world champions and will look in 2024 to win their first individual Olympic titles. Lyles is entrenched in the 200m. Norman has entertained 200m thoughts, even 100m thoughts, in the past. Now that he’s got a 400m gold medal, the shorter distances may be more appealing. However, there is much more competition there domestically in the form of Knighton, looking for the biggest win of his career.

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Monaco Diamond League full of Olympic previews; TV, live stream schedule

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The annual Diamond League stop in Monaco has become a crown jewel of the track and field calendar. Friday’s meet has the best international fields of the year thus far.

Olympic previews in several events are the storylines at a venue where a world record on the track fell each of the past three years.

Peacock streams live coverage HERE at 1:05 p.m. ET on Friday. NBCSN broadcast coverage starts at 2, also streaming on and the NBC Sports app.

Trayvon Bromell, the Olympic Trials 100m champion and favorite to succeed the retired Usain Bolt as Olympic gold medalist, faces the next four fastest men this year out of all of the Olympic qualifiers.

The women’s 200m pits Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas against two-time Olympic 100m gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Norwegian Karsten Warholm races eight days after breaking the longest-standing men’s track world record in the 400m hurdles.

Here are the entry lists. Here’s the schedule of events (all times Eastern):

1:05 p.m. — Women’s Triple Jump
1:20 — Women’s Javelin
1:20 — Women’s Pole Vault
1:50 — Men’s High Jump
2:03 — Men’s 400m Hurdles
2:18 — Women’s 800m
2:32 — Men’s 1500m
2:43 — Women’s 200m
2:49 — Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
2:50 — Men’s Long Jump
3:06 — Men’s 800m
3:16 — Women’s 1500m
3:28 — Men’s 100m
3:36 — Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

Here are six races to watch

Men’s 400m Hurdles — 2:03 p.m.
Initially a showdown between Warholm and Rai Benjamin, but Benjamin withdrew after Warholm broke the 29-year-old world record in Oslo last Thursday. Field still includes the third- and fourth-fastest men this year, Brazilian Alison Dos Santos and Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands. They could push Warholm to go even faster than the 46.70 he clocked at home in Norway.

Men’s 1500m — 2:32 p.m.
Is there any hope for world champion Timothy Cheruiyot to still be named to the Kenyan Olympic team? He was left off the initial roster after placing fourth at the Kenyan Trials last month, and the Olympic entries deadline has passed. However, if Cheruiyot was entered as an alternate, he can still replace one of the top three men on the Olympic team. And one of those three, Kamar Etyang, is reportedly in jeopardy for not having been drug tested enough. In Monaco, Cheruiyot takes on his primary rival in recent years, 20-year-old Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen.

Women’s 200m — 2:43 p.m.
The three fastest women of this Olympic cycle were set to face off before the withdrawal of U.S. Olympic Trials winner Gabby Thomas. Miller-Uibo went nearly four years without losing a 200m that she finished until being taken down by Jamaican Shericka Jackson in Hungary on Tuesday. Here, the Bahamian takes on Fraser-Pryce, who lowered her personal best at the Jamaican Olympic Trials. They’ll have to challenge if not beat Thomas’ Trials-winning time of 21.61 to unseat the American as Olympic favorite.

Men’s 800m — 3:06 p.m.
This event was blown open when world champion Donavan Brazier faded out of the U.S. Olympic Trials. Enter Rio bronze medalist Clayton Murphy, who won the Olympic Trials with his fastest time in nearly three years and the world’s fastest time for 2021. In Monaco, Murphy takes on the three fastest men of this Olympic cycle other than Brazier: Botswana’s Nijel Amos and Kenyans Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich. Plus, Brit Elliot Giles, who beat Murphy on Tuesday. The winner is likely the Olympic favorite.

Women’s 1500m — 3:16 p.m.
Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan is the world’s fastest woman in this event in this Olympic cycle by 1.96 seconds, but she said last month that she will probably bypass the Olympic 1500m in favor of the 5000m and 10,000m. But the matchup everyone’s anticipating will happen in Monaco. Hassan faces Olympic gold medalist Faith Kipyegon of Kenya. Hassan handed Kipyegon all three of her 1500m defeats since September 2016, including at 2019 Worlds. Kipyegon came back from 2018 childbirth to twice lower her Kenyan record.

Men’s 100m — 3:28 p.m.
Five men figure to fight for the Olympic medals. All of them are in this field, including the three U.S. Olympians — Bromell, Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley. They’re joined by Akani Simbine, who on Tuesday broke the African record by clocking 9.84 seconds, ranking second in the world this year behind Bromell. The most decorated man in the race is Canadian Andre De Grasse, the Olympic and world bronze medalist with a best of 9.99 in 2021.

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