They were less than a second off the WR at Pre. They'll also face Olympic silver medalist Sofia Assefa, 2015 Diamond Race winner Virginia Nyambura and African champion Hiwot Ayalew.
In the men's race, Bahrain's Aweke Ayalew beat Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola by one second.
*Former African Jr. XC Champ Caroline Chepkoech Wins AK/KCB Series XC Meet As Steepler Virginia Nyambura Is 6th Stephen Arita won the men's race.
She ran 6:02.16 to just beat Beatrice Chepkoech and World bronze medalist Gesa Krause (6:04.20).
Can Emma Coburn get a medal? What about a gold?
Dibaba takes on Jenny Simpson, Shannon Rowbury and Sifan Hassan while Farah faces Asbel Kiprop, Taoufik Makhlhoufi, Matthew Centrowitz and Leo Manzano. Emma Coburn tackles a strong field in the steeple, while field/sprint action includes PPP vs. Christian Taylor vs. Marquis Dendy in the TJ and Justin Gatlin in the 100.
Hassan was far and away the best over the final 100 as she won over Faith Kipyegon (4:03.38) while Simpson was third in 4:03.54. Nyambura won for the third time in four DL races with Coburn running 9:20.67 for third. Switzerland's Selina Büchel won the non-DL 800 (2:01.68) while Dawn Harper-Nelson (12.55 100h) and Allyson Felix (22.09 200) also grabbed wins.
Teammates Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson will look at a minimum to mark themselves as favorites for Worlds. Could they also get American records in the process? Shannon Rowbury will look to become just the 5th woman in history to join the sub-2:00/sub-15:00 club.
12 of the 16 DL events (including all 4 mid-d/distance races) in Birmingham are the same as they were three days earlier in Rome, leading to several rematches, including Dawit Seyaum vs. Sifan Hassan over 1500 and Hagos Gebrhiwet vs. Thomas Longosiwa at 5,000. Also, Stephanie Garcia seems poised for a fast time in the women's steeple.
Jenny Simpson left it late but got her fifth straight win in a 1,500 at a DL meet. Super impressive.