is kim smith running world xc? if yes she might do extremly well.
tirunesh dibaba RUMORED to be injured MAY NOT runworld xc.
meseret defar has never run it and is not expected to.
lornah kiplagat said a few months ago she is not running xc anymore.
elvan abeylegesse has run poorly in her 2 world xc races the last being in 2005.
chinese girls most likely will not show up, or if they do will run poor.
russian girls, same as china
usa- no flanagan or goucher = no individual threat.
kenya and ethiopia, will probably fight it out team wise and will have some very good runners, but they are very unlikely to have a t. dibaba or defar in a class by themselfs girls this year. the kenyan and ethiopian women dont have the depth of their male counterparts YET.
i say smith gets 3-5 after linet masai, then yimer and maybe 1-2 others.
if t. dibaba runs i put smith to finish 4-6th.