The men's race has four sub-2:07 runners and another five sub-2:09. Six of the women have gone under 2:29. USA's 2:10:52-man Jeffrey Eggleston is also racing.
"I always believe in talking, right now they're talking Olympics. It's a start, it's a big start. If we are not involved they wouldn't be talking about Olympics right now. They would be doing no talking. He [Kim Jong Un] knows I'm not messing around. I'm not messing around, not even a little bit, not even one per cent. He understands that."
68-year-old Linda Evans was on her 13,563rd day of running in a row when she was killed by a driver under the influence of drugs.
Taylor says his favorite event to watch is the javelin.
Friel ran 2:43:57 at CIM to become the second oldest women ever to qualify for the Trials.
North Korea is unlikely to contend for any medals as it's only athletes who are actually qualified (a figuring skating pair) finished 15th at the last world championships.
Puskedra joined them back in mid-October and says the training is "so much different than anything I've done."
Lobo ran 32.80 for 300m to match the fourth fastest college time ever at the distance while Irby beat the NCAA 200m record holder Kyra Jefferson to put herself 6th on the NCAA all-time 300m list (36.73).