Road To The Final - Monaco Diamond League Headlines

The Road To The Final reached its decisive phase in many disciplines this Friday July 21, as the IAAF Diamond League completed its 11th stage of the season at the Herculis Meeting in Monaco.

Here's a summary of the top headlines.

Manangoi wins, Kiprop misses out on Final

Elijah Motonei Manangoi won a thrilling 1500m in Monaco, overtaking Timothy Cheruiyot on the home straight to come in at 3:28.80. Victory saw Manangoi finish top of the qualification standings.

Three time Diamond Trophy winner and current holder Asbel Kiprop, meanwhile, finished only 11th, meaning he did not secure a place in the top 12 of the qualification standings, and will not be able to defend his title at the Final.

Ibargüen rallies, takes revenge on Rojas

For much of the women's triple jump, it looked like Venezuelan pretender Yulimar Rojas was going to inflict a second defeat this season on Colombian legend Caterine Ibargüen.

The Diamond Trophy holder and Olympic champion rallied in the final round, however, taking victory with a jump of 14.86m, and securing qualification for the Final.

Röhler wins again, Chopra and Yego qualify

Thomas Röhler is the favourite to win the Diamond Trophy this season, and he boosted his credentials as such with another win in Monaco, throwing a practically nonchalant 89.17 in the second round.

Sixth and seventh positions on the night were enough for Julius Yego and Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra to book their places in the Final.

Van Niekerk secures place in the 400m Final

Wayde Van Niekerk, the man tipped to step into the shoes of the retiring Usain Bolt, was given a serious run for his money by a competitive Isaac Makwala in Monaco.

The South African won with 43.73, however, picking up eight points, just enough to make sure that he, too, will be able to compete for the Diamond Trophy in the end of season Final.

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