Demus 52.63, Baala 3:30.96 - Monaco Herculis is ranked 2nd

Demus 52.63, Baala 3:30.96 - Monaco Herculis is ranked 2nd

Reigning American 400m Hurdles champion Lashinda Demus ran the fourth fastest time of all-time with 52.64, while Mehdi Baala of France proved his shape for Berlin, winning the 1500m in 3:30.96. As a result of very good fields and excellent performances the Monaco Herculis Meeting took the 2nd position in the 2009 Competition Rankings.

Abubaker Kaki Khamis of Sudan took the men's 800m in 1:43.50 min; Louis J. Van Zyl of South-Africa ran a personal best of 47.94 sec to win the men's 400m Hurdles; Jamaica's Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser was the fastest in the women's 100m in 10.91 seconds; Australian Sally McLellan improved her best mark to 12.50 sec taking the 100m Hurdles again after her recent victory in London; Renaud Lavillenie of France was convincing with his 5.88m success in the men's Pole Vault; Maggie Vessey has finally reached the 'A' standard for the World Championships that she had been chasing and won the women's 800m with an impressive 1:57.84 min; a great  Blanka Vlašić vs. Arianne Friedrich women's High Jump competition - to mention a few of the many highlights of an excellent night of athletics in the Principality of Monaco

"I hope to be in good shape and to be in the final in Berlin. I am very happy tonight as I wasn't expecting such a good time," said Mehdi Baala.

"I had a small problem at the start, my calf cramped up but I then felt ok at the finish," explained Abubaker Kaki Khamis. "I came here to break the African record but I couldn't because of this small problem."

The meeting has produced the highest Result Score in the 2009 All-Athletics Competition Rankings, but with a quite much higher Promotion Score the Golden Gala of Roma has a better total Competition Score (93350) and remained at the top of the rankings. The Monaco Herculis Meeting is currently ranked 2nd in the Invitational/One-day competitions category with 92796 points.