Thursday's meet should be a lot of fun. It serves as a chance for redemption for Evan Jager and Jairus Birech, a $40,000 match race between Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat, and a battle royale at 3,000 between Emily Infeld, Shannon Rowbury and Jenny Simpson. Plus Mo Aman versus Rudisha and more.
Katie Mackey did something Molly Huddle and Shalane Flanagan have never done. Win a Diamond League meet.
With the Kenyan World Champs Trials this weekend, the mid-d/distance fields aren't quite as strong, but that opens the door for a slew of Americans. In the 1,500, Ayanleh Souleiman and Matthew Centrowitz will battle as Robby Andrews makes a rare DL appearance. Brenda Martinez, Molly Ludlow and Chanelle Price are all in the 800 and is there any way Andy Bayer can win the steeple?
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Kiprop went from first to last in the span of 50 meters halfway through the race but it didn't matter as he was back with the leaders with 300 to go and blew everyone away on the homestretch to get the win. Matthew Centrowitz ran well to finish second in 3:55.03, .03 ahead of Ayanleh Souleiman.
Don't hand the gold medal to Justin Gatlin just yet. Usain Bolt put together his best showing of 2015 by far, running 9.87 into a headwind twice within the span of an hour to win at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games.
*MB: Usain Bolt "Is Almost Back" - 9.87 Win Into Wind in London
The men's 800 (Rudisha vs. Amos Rematch + Berian and Loxsom) and mile (Kiprop vs. Souleiman as Centro, Leo and Blankenship try to go sub-3:50) are the crown jewels of the Saturday action. Other action includes Molly Huddle vs. Mercy Cherono in the 5,000, Eunice Sum vs. Brenda Martinez in the 800 and an African showdown between Isaac Makwala (#5 all-time) and Wayde van Niekerk (#11 all-time) in the 400.
Farah has proven himself as the favorite for 5k/10k gold in Beijing but Bolt still has work to do to catch Justin Gatlin. Can he get closer in London? Farah faces Lopez Lomong & Bernard Lagat in the 3k, plus an American-heavy women's 1,500 featuring Lauren Johnson, Katie Mackey, Treniere Moser and many more.
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.
Running in his first race since the NOP doping investigation became public, Mo Farah celebrated his win as if he'd won a World title while Nijel Amos won a big battle in the men's 800 but limped off the track injured.