Monday, June 4, 2007

Prefontaine Classic Preview

In looking at the list of confirmed athletes for the Pre Classic I noticed a few things:

1. Jeremy Wariner could get beat by 5 meters (that's not something you see every day) in the 200m, or he could rise to the occasion and join the sub 20 second club. Asafa Powell (PB 19.90), Xavier Carter (PB 19.63), Wallace Spearmon (PB 19.65), Shawn Crawford (19.79), and Chris Williams (PB 20.02) are all confirmed, and all are faster than Wariner, whose PB is 20.19. If Wariner does crack the 20 second mark in Eugene then Michael's 400m world record of 43.18 is history at the National Championships in 3 weeks. If Wariner gets a new PB in the 20.00-20.18 range, then look for the first sub 44 of the season in Indianapolis. (note: I wonder why Wariner is not listed yet as an entrant for either the 200m or the 400m in the National Championships?). This should be a good speed tune-up for Wariner, but the real magic will be up front. Look for Spearmon to nip the X-Man and Powell at the tape with a sub 19.70. Wariner will provide his own magic three weeks from now.

2. Jim Sorensen, who just broke the masters M40 world record in the 1500m with a 3:44.06 (equivalent to a 4 minute mile) is still not invited to compete in the Bowerman Mile. Will meet director Tom Jordan extend an invitation to Sorensen? Let's hope so. This is the finest field of milers ever assembled in the United States. A masters miler has never broken the 4 minute barrier outdoors (Eamonn Coghlan has done it indoors). Why not invite the fastest masters miler in the world and create an opportunity for history?

3. Will Khadevis Robinson, Jonathan Johnson, Nick Symmonds, Jebreh Harris and David Krummenacker join the 2007 sub 1:45 club? Except for Robinson, American men's 800m running has not been very exciting for a few years. Russia's Yuriy Borzakovskiy is confirmed and his PB of 1:42.47 is most likely safe. He should win with a 1:44 point something. Let's hope he can pull a couple of Americans down close to that time, too.

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