Worlds 5: Hype

After a trio of Kenyans led by Brimin Kiprop Kipruto (8:13.82; 3 sec ahead of 2nd place!) swept the men’s steeplechase (see Parker’s note), there’s still lots coming at the Worlds.

  • The women’s 5,000 has been spiced up by Tirunesh Dibaba’s decision not to run; there are lots of folks who now have a shot at a medal who might not have had one before because (a) there’s one more available, and (b) her absence changes the dynamic of the few minutes these women will spend on the track. The Worlds folks are hyping it.
  • The women’s 1500 is nearly upon us;
  • The one that lots of people are watching, of course, is the men’s 1500; Alan Webb has brought US spectators to the event and the IAAF is selling it. Here’s a link to the startlist. It’s scheduled to go at 10:05 PM Osaka time Wed, which (if my calculations are right) is 9:05 AM Eastern time Wed. Here’s what the IAAF has to say:

    Wide open men’s 1500m

    Another jog-and-kick race in the final would put the gold medal up for grabs, with the final 100 metres a mad scramble for the line. Because the jury of appeals disqualified Baala in his semifinal and advanced three additional runners to the final, 14 finalists will toe the line. Fastest and most experienced finalist is 2004 Olympic silver medalist Bernard Lagat (USA), who holds the national records of both his native Kenya (3:26.34 in 2001) and his adopted U.S. (3:29.30 in 2005), and who practiced his finishing kick with a 51.4 last 400 to win his semifinal. The only other sub-3:30 finalist is defending champion Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain, at 3:29.14; six others have bettered 3:32, including the USA’s Alan Webb, at 3:30.54. But if the pace is slow, anyone in the field has a chance to win.

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