There will certainly be an elite pool of athletes in this race, something we’ve all anticipated for the past few weeks. I know this is short notice but what are your predictions for overall time and place winners? Attached is a winner prediction poll!
The field assembled is pretty damn good, but I just don’t see Centrowitz losing. He’s just head and shoulders the best 1500m/mile runner in the field, and he’s shown that his winter is progressing pretty well and that there aren’t any question marks concerning his fitness.
Unless Andrews shows up on his A game and really flies that last 220yd, I don’t see Centrowitz going down.
Jager looked great through 2600 meters such a smooth runner. I am expecting him to lower the Steeple record again this summer. It also looks like Bumbi is primed to substantially lower his 5K PR by the time Stanford rolls around. Right now the only event Evan can beat him in is the Steeple.
Correct on the finishing order and analysis of Jager’s labored last two laps.
It’s just incredibly irritating when the announcers are still on their knees for Lagat with all the ‘At 38 years old he’s still just a phenomenal athlete, tactician, closer, lover, father, etc.’ 38 year old people do not do what Lagat does; there’s a reason why most athletes are done by 31-32. Some hang on until 33-35, but by then they’re usually in a pretty obvious twilight. How the general public (or as ‘general’ a public as the running community can have) thinks he’s legit is just beyond me.
And from an athletic perspective, he’s not actually 38. Even people who are aware of his doping tend to forget that it’s more than just ‘Oh he’s old, but he’s on drugs so it kind of balances out’. Normally when a human body ages, it (basically) loses it’s ability to replace dying cells as efficiently as before, but the drugs allow him to recover and replace his cells at the rate of a much younger man (who’s also doping). So he’s effectively delaying the process of aging has on his body on top of the other recovery based benefits of doping. So he could continue doing this for another few years, which would explain his “Oh I don’t see retiring in my near future” bullsh*t he keeps spouting off.