Five Things to Watch at the 2015 Pan American Games
Track events start on Tuesday and there will be some star power in the 100/200 with hometown phenom Andre De Grasse. The men's 5,000 (Cam Levins, Garrett Heath, David Torrence, Juan Luis Barrios) figures to be exciting, as does the women's 800, which features three sub-1:58 women, led by Alysia Montaño. Plus Andrew Wheating, Kyle Merber and Nate Brannen in the 1500, PPP in the TJ & David Oliver in the 110 hurdles.
2014 LRC Year-End Rankings: Women's 800: Eunice Sum Is World #1, America's Ajee Wilson Is World #2
20-year-old American Ajee Wilson ran the fastest time in the world and had a great year but Eunice Sum's season was just a little more special. It's a great event for TEAM USA as three Americans made our global top 10.
Women's Preview: Great Mid-D Action on Tap with Sum vs. Wilson vs. Sharp, Rowbury vs. Hassan; Coburn Battles Ayalew in Steeple
Tbe 3000 and 5000 are lacking depth (and we propose a combining of them at this meet) but there's nothing wrong with the mid-d events as world champ Eunice Sum will take on world leader Ajee Wilson and the in-form Lynsey Sharp. Shannon Rowbury will look to end her season with an elusive victory over world leader Sifan Hassan and world junior champ Dawit Seyaum. Finally, American record holder Emma Coburn faces Diamond League champ/world leader Hiwot Ayalew and world junior champ Ruth Jebet in the steeple.
W 800/M 1500: Margaret Wambui and Jonathan Sawe Claim Two Golds for Kenya
Wambui upset world #2 Sahily Diago for the win in an 800 that went out faster than last week's Monaco DL meet. Sawe led for most of the race and was simply too good in the end as he was unchallenged in the final straight.
*MB: Letsrun, do we have another 'Caster Semenya situation' in girls 800 at 2014 World Juniors?
W 800 Semis: American Sabrina Southerland Fails to Advance to Final as Cuba's Sahily Diago Leads Qualifiers
For the first time since 2008, no American will be in the girls 800 final at World Juniors where the world's #2 Sahily Diago of Cuba will be the favorite.
World Juniors Day 1: 800 Heats and 1500 Semis: Sabrina Southerland Is Only American to Advance as Patrick Joseph Just Misses Out
Southerland was a comfortable third in her heat of the women's 800 while Joseph missed an auto spot into the finals of the men's 1500 by just .36 seconds. Grant Fisher and Raevyn Rogers struggled and failed to advance.