There were doubts surrounding Kemboi's fitness this year, but once Worlds came around, he did what he always does, blowing away the field over the final 200 to win in 8:11.28. Conseslus Kipruto managed second despite tearing his shoe on the final water jump, while Brimin Kipruto (3rd) and Jairus Birech (4th) helped produced an unprecedented 1-4 sweep for Kenya. Dan Huling (5th) was the top American as Evan Jager (6th) and Donn Cabral (10th) struggled.
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It's Jager vs the Kenyans in the USA-Kenyan dual meet as Kenya and the USA have the top 7 entrants.
Fresh off a great run at the U.S. Champs, Evan Jager, Donn Cabral and Dan Huling face a stacked steeple field led by '14 world #1 Jairus Birech and world/Olympic champ Ezekiel Kemboi. Taoufik Makhloufi, who ran 2:13.08 for 1,000 on Wednesday, takes on stalwarts Ayanleh Souleiman and Silas Kiplagat.
Evan Jager led a record brigade as the top 3 all broken Dan Lincoln's previous USATF meet record.
Emma Coburn and Evan Jager should win but the steeple is suddenly a very interesting event in the US. Stephanie Garcia, Ashley Higginson, Colleen Quigley, Courtney Frerichs, and Leah O'Connor all have realistic dreams of competing in Beijing as do Stanley Kebenei, Dan Huling, Donn Cabral and Cory Leslie.
Track fans, this one is loaded with former NCAA stars. That's the good news. The bad news is you gotta choose, this or Mayweather - Pacquiao. More bad news, HSer Grant Fisher might go sub-4 but it won't count - unless Stanford changes from a 1,500 to a mile in the next 24 hours.
Paul Kipsiele Koech (7:54), Olympic bronze medalist Abel Mutai, Dan Huling and former NCAA champ Matt Hughes also in the field.
Nike Oregon Project's Cam Levins had an off day and the rival Bowerman Track Club's Lopez Lomong and Ryan Hill were glad to pick up the slack going 1-2 in the men's 5000m. German Fernandez DNFd as he was having a terrible day and going to get lapped.
It was a tremendous race to end the Diamond League season.
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Andrew Bumbalough and German Fernandez were back in 3:44.
This year's meet should be titled "The Greatest 3 Hours in Track & Field." In addition to a dream 800 and a world record attempt in the 1500, Evan Jager seems poised to take down the AR in the men's steeple. Might there also be an AR in the women's 5000 where Americans Molly Huddle, Shannon Rowbury, Kim Conley and Jordan Hasay will take on Genzebe Dibaba. The women's 800 is loaded as Ajee Wilson, Laura Roesler and Molly Beckwith-Ludlow battle Eunice Sum. There's also Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin against Panama's Alonso Edward in the 200 and a high jump featuring five of the top 12 jumpers of all time. *IAAF Preview