Tomorrow it will be Zurich-day in athletics with an incredible meeting with all the world stars.Of course we are waiting exciting results from sprint and hurdles with the caribbean power still on the top?
In Jumps the more expectations will come from High Jump with another stellar race between Grabarz,Ukhov and younger Barshim.
My podcast will be focused more on distance-running races where all the rumors are speaking about exciting races.
800m men race of David Rudisha.Paced by training partner Sammy Tangui for a possible halfway of 49-49.50,olympic champ and world record holder has declared today to try to give his best.The question is if he will attempt his own WR?..Difficult in my opinion but surely very very close to it.The only trouble should be the weather to give us something special.In this race will miss junior Nijel Amos,second in London,rumored to run in Rieti on another magical track.Rudisha has also announced with Zurich his season will end but why not dream him in Rieti too??
Behind Rudisha the first important name is young kenian Leonard Kosencha who come to Zurich if his health-problems are completely recovered.Other two kenyans as Chemut and olympic bronze medallist Kitum don't look like so in good shape.Ethiopian Aman is not the one as last year so difficult to think him in the top of the race.Interesting to see every improvements from english Rimmer and Osagie (last one raced very well in london-olympics) and american Duane Salomon at high level this year.
16 athletes will start in 1500 women in a race whitout any turkish or moroccan...a race absolutely true and very promising.it is a little difficult to guess pacers but impressive startingline with all girls with PB under 4.07.Abeba Aregawi,Maryam Jamal and Viola Kibiwott should be the top names but in my opinion two younger kenyans could realize something important:i am speaking of Mercy Cherono,in very good shape this month and able to beat Vivian Cheruyot last week in Lausanne, and Faith Kipyegon so young but with 4.03 of PB and intentioned to change a season where she won at junior world champs but not so good in Olympics.
Special mentions to americans Rowbury and Simpson together with british Hannah England and Laura Weightman,a great talent this last one seen at Olympics.
Steeple women supposed to be till minutes ago an impressive fast race by attempt of russian Zaripova to a time under 9':announced today he will not start due to a cold.Kenyan Milca Chemos could be the favourite but maybe a little tired.with her i predict tunisian Ghribi and also the ethiopian Assefa and Mercy Nyoroge as outsider.Without Zaripova probably a pacer will be put inside but difficult to predict which one...maybe the ukrainan.
Last race of meeting will be probably the most important:5000m men with 18 guys at the start and 13 with a pb under 13'...what else?Only Farah and Bekele will miss!Difficult a tactical race:in an interview to Flotrack,Bernard Lagat gives his personal idea about a possible pace under 7.40 at 3k:if confirmed tomorrow it will be excellent to run under 12.50.
Race will be probably done Hagos Gebrhiwet a young ethiopian with 12.47'53 seasonal.Imane Merga and Tariky Bekele could complete an amazing ethiopian trio.Kenyans will answer with Thomas Longosiwa,Edwin Soi,Isaiah Koech and young John Kipkoech.Another impressive trio will be the americans with Lopez Lomong,Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp to try to catch the American record on 5k held by Lagat in 12.53'60.
Final prediction time?In my opinion new WL of sure (12'46.81 of Gebremesckel) and if weather and pacers will be good also meeting record or close to it (Gebreselassie 12.41.86).
An amazing evening of distance running in zurich is waiting us....have fun!!