The difference between 3rd and 4th can be the difference in achieving a lifetime's dream and tens of thousands of dollars. Hear how some of the USA's most prominent 4th placers handled it.
Symmonds also announces athletes now sponsored by Run Gum including Will Leer, Kyle Merber and Emily Infeld.
Max Siegel, USATF officials and the Athletes Advisory Committee (AAC) met over the weekend and agreed on a distribution plan that will deliver an additional $9 million in cash to US athletes over the next 5-years, seeing them paid more for qualifying for and medalling at global championships. The plan got backing from both Will Leer and Nick Symmonds.
*USATF Press Release Lays out the details of the new four tier funding system.
*Symmonds: "This is a HUGE step in the right direction. Thank you @usatf for compensating #TeamUSA for their hard work!"
*AP: USATF Will Clarify Issue Leading To Nick Symmonds' Boycott Max Siegel said, "I commend Nick for building a platform, creating a dialogue. After the annual meeting, it will be absolutely clear what the requirements are."
*MB: Make a World Champs or Olympic Team - USATF pays you $10K
A lot of Americans competing including Bernard Lagat, Will Leer, Ben Blankenship, Garrett Heath, Lopez Lomong, Andy Bayer in the 3000, Charles Jock, Chanelle Price, Molly Ludlow, Gabriele Grunewald in the 800s. Also Melissa Bishop, Jenny Meadows and Lynsey Sharp. Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake are both in the 100, albeit in different heats. *Live Results
These are going to be two must-watch finals. Will Ben Blankenship's amazing 2015 continue or will he go home devasted thanks to Robby Andrews or Kyle Merber? The battle for women's spots #3 and #4 (thank you Ms. Simpson) will be incredibly intense on the women's side.
Women's 5000: Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Jordan Hasay. Men's 5000: Chris Derrick, Bobby Curtis, Cam Levins. Men's 1500: Galen Rupp, Will Leer, Garrett Heath, Evan Jager. Shannon Rowbury listed in 1500 and 800. Andy Bayer and Sara Hall in the steeples. Ben Blankenship, Pat Casey, Lopez Lomong in men's 800. Men's 10K has Jake Robertson, Japan NOP member Osako Suguru and Rupp is also listed (maybe pacing?).