Before we start our World Championships previews, we thought it would be a good idea to take a step back and look big picture at what has transpired so far this year in the world of track and field. There have been a lot of amazing developments so far in 2015. We list five events that if we'd predicted them at the beginning of the year, you'd have said we were TOTALLY crazy.
Huddle was the only one to go with the rabbit and was still in contention with 100 to go, but lost out to the world silver medalist Cherono. In the steeple there was a fierce battle between Conseslus Kiopruto and Jarius Birech, Eunice Sum dominated the 800 and Nijel Amos and David Rudisdha finished only .10-seconds apart while Boris Berian went for it. In non-distance action, Renaud Lavillenie cleared 6-meters, Valerie Adams lost again and South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk blew the 400 field away. We recap it all here.
Ben True faces Olympic silver medalist Dejen Gebremeskel as he goes for the IAAF 5000 “A” standard. Chris Derrick and Eric Jenkins also racing. Lauren Johnson, Rachel Schneider go for the standard in the 1500 as they face Mary Cain andNicole Tully. Abbey D’Agostino and Emily Sisson in the 5000, Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Kitum, NCAA champ Edward Kemboi and Charles Jock in the 800.
*MB: Start list for Heusden KBC Nacht – True going for standard vs. Derrick, Jenkins, Gebremeskel
A great race with a great finish and 3 new women going to Worlds.
Matt Centrowitz thought it was a yawning matter, but no one else did, including Paula Radcliffe, Dai Greene, Nick Willis, Lornah Kiplagat and many others.
Mark Wetmore's two biggest stars will make their season debuts - Jenny Simpson (800) and Emma Coburn (1,500) - while Kara Goucher (5,000) will run her first track race since 2013 and Mary Cain will look to regain her "teen phenom" label.
The World Relays are gone until 2017, Stanford is in the books until next year, we take a deeper look at both and even go way back to the 1984 Olympic Trials 1,500 and a dive for the line by Chuck Aragon. Why? His daughter just ran a 4:16 1,500m in high school.