The men's 100 (Knighton, Noah Lyles, Ronnie Baker, Kenny Bednarek) should be the race of the meet, while Olympic champs Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (100H/200) and Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas (200) are also entered.
Good preview by Jon. What I'm looking for is mostly in the 100 and 1500. I expect Camacho-Quinn, Gardiner, James, Holloway and Wilson to roll:
100- I think this is Marvin Bracy's time to establish himself. I think he has the talent to make a US team and contend for a medal. If he runs 9.95 or faster FTW here, I think he's in great position. Noah Lyles will be interesting as well because indoors he looked much better at 60. That should translate here, and it'll do a lot to put last year in the rear-view if he goes sub-10 right off the bat. Sure, it will be fun to see Knighton and Bednarek here, but I don't foresee as much promise for them at 100 as Gault.
1500- Made a whole thread on it, but I think KamarEtyang is one of several intriguing 1500 prospects this year. Throw him in the mix with Kessler, Hocker, Keter, Manangoi, Teare, Kipsang, Kerr, Elijah Manangoi, and Tefera. Yes it feels like a random mix, but these are all guys who for whatever reason could make a huge step forward this year. Kerr and Kipsang have never really done the circuit, but look like 3:28 guys potentially. Manangoi is coming off a 2-year whereabouts ban. Tefera is finally healthy and trying to translate his indoors form to outdoors. Kessler and Hocker are having their first year as pros with immense potential. Etyang now has a professional setup, and he and Keter look like the next Kenyan studs.
If I remember right Noah was taking some antidepressants that were affecting his performance and it took a while for the effect to leave. He seemed to have mostly regained his form by the olympics where he made a tactical error in the final and then almost tied his pr at prefontaine in the 200. He didn't run a 100m after the trials but i'm sure he was back in sub 9.9 form by then. I hope he can step forward and reclaim the limelight.
Today 74°/66° Scattered Thunderstorms/Wind 43% S 24 mph Sat 09 | Day 74° 43% S 24 mph Windy with thunderstorms this afternoon. High 74F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Higher wind gusts possible.
Winds 24 mph translates to 38 km per hour - enough to throw the sprints off and to make distance runners struggle on the backstretch.
Still trying to figure out why USATF is sponsoring a meet in a foreign nation. If the Bermuda gov is paying for this why are they giving USATF credit? So you have to think that USATF is footing a major part of the bill. Why? This I show they plan to build a fan base in the USA by hosting a meet in another nation then giving us the same old boring VERY bad TV broadcast (yes we will have to listen to Lewis Johnson ask the same questions that he has asked for the past 50 years).
Is there now stadium in the USA able to host this meet?
Grant Holloway said he chose not to run because the wind is 4.6 (not sure if headwind or tailwind). guess i'm glad he's being honest with us instead of not saying anything -- but that does seem like a weak excuse? especially if you already made it all the way to Bermuda...?
based on results clearly a headwind, winning time 13.7. First of all why not just reverse the direction so it's a tailwind, and second it doesn't seem nice to just drop out while everyone else has to run. I get there may be injury / step pattern concerns though
Everything you need to know about why our sport will never be popular summed up here.
Probably half the athletes they were promoting a week or two ago won't run. I always say the answer to 80% of the answers to questions about T & F are its an amateur sport. Don't get confused by the few athletes and officials that make money out of it.
Basically No. I mean you could if you want to wait for them to do that and calibrate the timing equipment (remember its to 1/1000 of a second). Meetings that do this are set up to do this beforehand with two sets of timing equipment. Basically the USA is the only place that has the money for this. Hence even at meetings like Gateshead if its into the wind its into the wind.