A Semenya-less 800 will see Francine Niyonsaba take on Ajee Wilson and Lynsey Sharp. Jairus Birech vs Conseslus Kipruto in the steeple, Vivian Cheruiyot and Mercy Cherono in the 5K. Non-distance action includes Ameer Webb taking on Trayvon Bromell and Andre De Grasse in the 200, Kirani James (400) and Greg Rutherford (LJ).
Sharp was reacting to Ukraine's Nataliya Lupu getting a drug ban barely a year after she had returned from her first one.
Distance athletes include Chris O'Hare, Lee Emanuel, Tom Farrell, Lynsey Sharp and Steph Twell.
Tracey won in 2:02.99 as favorites Lynsey Sharp and Jenny Meadows finished outside the top-2. Hannah England won the 1500 and Steph Twell took the 3,000 in 8:54.
*Richard Kilty Makes The "Gut-Wrenching Call" To Skip World Indoors To Focus On Olympics Apparently UK selectors offered him a spot despite him being DQd for a false start.
*The Guardian: Adelle Tracey confounds the field by winning 800m Tracey works as a freelance hair and makeup artist.
*17-Year-Old Wins 200 In 21.33 At British Champs Toby Harries said, "I didn't even think I would make the final so to get the gold medal is literally breathtaking."
Maracheva and her coach claim the biological passport anomalies are due to a childhood head injury combined with altitude training. Priceless.
*AP Article: Lynsey Sharp: "Remember that time I was the only clean athlete on the podium?"
40-year-old wonder Bernard Lagat was 3rd in the 5k. Nijel Amos ran 1:43.28 to beat Adam Kszczot, Mo Aman and Taoufik Makhloufi.
A solid men's 800 has Nijel Amos, Mo Aman, Adam Kszczot and Taoufik Makhloufi. Bernard Lagat, Isiah Koech, Augustine Choge, Hassan Mead, Diego Estrada, Andy Vernon in the 5000. World champ Marina Arzamsova vs Shannon Rowbury, Caster Semenya, Chanelle Price and Lynsey Sharp in the women's 800.
*IAAF Preview: Five World Champions Set For Berlin Renaud Lavillenie will try and get revenge on World champ Shawn Barber in the PV. Dawn Harper Nelson tries to get redemption in the 100H as she faces silver medalist Cindy Roleder and Euro champ Tiffany Porter.
Sharp talks about how last year she was advised by doctors not to run at all as she had an open wound from ankle surgery which ended up staying open for a year.
"It’s crazy to think that if I’d taken the advice of some people and not had a season I would never have known I could achieve what I did last year Last April I was in hospital for 10 days and then in a boot for two weeks. But I never panicked and never saw myself as not having a season. I always saw myself qualifying for Glasgow and medalling there. I had to do it. Being a Scottish athlete, Glasgow 2014 was everything. Doing a lap of honour in front of a Scottish crowd was the best thing ever. ... I didn’t even think about the opportunity not to run."
Trivia fact, her father won a 4 x 100 medal the last time CGs were held in Scotland.
Some younger athletes like Lynsey Sharp and 400 sprinter Matthew Hudson-Smith were awarded for breakout years while other veterans like Jo Pavey were left off. Pavey won CG bronze and Euro gold this year, but they don't see her competing for top spots at the 2016 Games.
Sharp's dad was a sprinter with Wells back in the day.
In other mid-d action, UK's Laura Muir put a disappointing season month behind her to win the mile in 4:34.84 over a solid field that included Kenya's Hellen Obiri (4th in 4:36.23). Brie Felnagle was 5th and Treniere Moser 7th. In the men's mile Germany's Homiyu Tesfaye ran 4:00.92 to beat Asbel Kiprop (4:01.09) and Garrett Heath (4:01.22).
Two 800 runners vs 400 and 400H sprinters. Should be interesting.
“That was totally not like me. Perhaps I shouldn’t have looked behind me with 120 metres to go but that’s the most uncomfortable way to race a race, running scared the whole way and I knew in that field – it was world class – someone was coming. I was just waiting for them to come and I knew it was going to be her.”
Maryna Arzamasova sat on her and ran a 1:58.15 for gold.
“It was just a joke that got out of hand really, that’s pretty much it. ... “I’ll have a chat with her here as well, I’ll clear the air and make sure there’s no uncomfortableness."
Their exchange led to Sharp calling him "Andy Vermin" and Vernon saying, " I don't use a drip to get my medals."
Sharp and Vernon's exchange on Twitter Sharp:
Sharp: "Just remembered I promised myself a Chanel handbag if I won a medal."
Vernon (sarcastically): "You won a medal? You should mention it now and again."
Sharp: "It's not my fault cross-country doesn't get quite as much publicity."
Vernon: "Self-publicity isn't quite the same. And I don't use a drip to get my medals."
Sharp: "Andy Vermin, I had 5ml of fluid through a drip, about the same volume as one tear I just cried looking at your performances."
Vernon: "It's not about who's better. It's about how you use Twitter. Be proud of your medal. You just don't need to tell us every day."
Vernon (later): "I will formally apologise to Lynsey Sharp when I see her, but for now please accept my apologies. What started as a joke got out of hand."