Before the action begins, we will make our official LRC predictions for the events in our preview. Who do you think will when the following and why?
Men's 5k -
Men's 400 -
Women's 100H -
Men's 1500 -
Men's 800 -
Women's Steeple -
Men’s 100 -
Men's 5k- I figured Paul Chelimo won't win but now I'm picking him. Gebrhiwet ran 13:42 to win the BAA 5k and that's it.
Edris is lightly raced as well. Chelimo at least went out ran a 1500 last week trying to get ready for this.
Looking forward to seeing what Conseslus Kipruto can do.
Men's 400- Is there any doubt. Steven Gardiner was fabulous a week ago. Even if Fred Kerley returns to A&M form, he'll get beat.
Looking forward to seeing Christian Taylor.
Men's 1500- Temping to pick world indoor champ and up and comer Samuel Tefera but Timothey Cheruiyot is really good and has a much faster PR.
Women's 100m Hurdles- Harrison. Brianna McNeal put up a good fight last week.
Men's 800- Wycliffe Kinyamal made a big move at Commonwealths and nearly got caught. If he goes too early Drew Windle for the upset. If not, Kinyamal.
Women's Steeple- Beatrice Chepkoech easy winner.
Men's 100- Gatlin has already run 10.05 this year. Why not.
So I actually agree with all of Weldon's picks except for Chelimo. I guess he could win since I kind of hyped up the sub-13 in the preview, but even though the other guys haven't raced much this year, running 3:40 at Stanford last week doesn't really convince me that he's ready to win a Diamond League. I'll take the world champ Edris instead.
If Chelimo wins he'll be the first American man to win a Diamond League 3k/5k since Dartmouth's own Ben True in 2015.
I was also going back and forth on McNeal vs. Harrison in the hurdles. McNeal would have beaten Harrison if she didn't hit hurdle 8 in Doha, but obviously part of the hurdles is controlling your speed and getting over the barriers cleanly. I'm rolling with Harrison again -- she's won her last 11 Diamond League races -- but it should be close again with McNeal.
Edris for the win in 13:01. Chelimo is not in sub-13 shape (unfortunately).
Rupp's not involved, so virtually zero interest on LR forum.
In the 5000m event, the winner will vary depending on the positioning of the athletes in the last lap.If Chelimo/Gebrihiwet/Edris/Rop/Rutto find themselves in the last lap then I go for Chelimo for the Win simply because he has had great turnover with them before.
In 400m, I go for Bahrain's Gardiner Steven based on his last week performance back at Doha unless Botswana's Makwala wakes up luck.In 1500m,My pick is Kenyan Cheruiyot for the win and second I pick another Kenyan Soget for 2nd.
800M will be a tactical race and Either Kinyamal of Kenya or Murphy can win.
The rest of the events lets wait and see what God has for them.
Men's 5k - Chelimo in sub 13, it’ll play in his hands.
Men's 400 - Gardner easily
Women's 100H - Harrison, just cuz..
Men's 1500 - Teferra, he’s ready for anything and has more confidence than anyone
Men's 800 - Lewandowski, weak field and he’s more experienced
Women's Steeple - Beatrice, her name says it all
Men’s 100 - either Gatlin or Su, but maybe Su if age catches up to Gatlin this year finally.
So the official LRC picks are Jon's with Edris. I wanted to pick Chelimo and sub-13 but will say Edris and no sub-13.
Now the question I have is do I watch on NBC gold with the international announcers or on NBCSN?
Who is the international guy? It doesn't sound like the normal people or is he sick?
Oh I just realized Ato Boldon is on NBCSN so I want to watch that to get his analysis. The problem is NBCSN is way behind like maybe 90 seconds behind the international feed.
OK. Here is my pet peeve. I'm paying for ad-free. And Yet I can't watch teh 5k uninterrupted. I have to watch the triple jump? No. Have a field feed and track feed for $75 a year.
I should have predicted a sub-13 as I didn't realize it's a NON-DL 5k. Guys are more likely to go for the time.
2:36 FOR 1K.
5:13 at 3k is 13:02 pace so they if they keep this up and kick they'll be comfortably under 13:00. Need to get through the next k
How about a track only feed on the broadcast.
Listening to some of this commentary makes me want to say the following, "I'm willing to do the broadcast. I have no doubt me and Bill Spaulding would be far more informative and entertaining."
I know it's early and I have a baby but i'm almost falling asleep.
Has Chelimo ever finished a race where he isn't splayed flat on the mondo track?
Women's 400 H
Olympic champ Dalilah Muhammad, who only ran 55.08 for 2nd in Drake, had the lead coming off the final turn but Jamaica's Commonwealth Games champ Janieve Russell pulled upside her just before the final hurdle but Muhammad responded and got the narrow win in 53.77 to Russell’s 53.78, meaning Kentucky’s Sydney McLaughlin keeps her world leading position (53.60). Former Arizona star Sage Watson was third in 55.23.
Chelimo goes home devastated by a whisker, falls after line, 2nd in 13:09ish