Unfortunately, I am not sure this meet is going to help the American momentum at 800m and up going into the Games. Hopefully we don’t get destroyed among these mid-level elite fields.
Lawshawn Merritt and his predecessor, Jeremy Wariner, will represent the US fairly well here. Merritt will likely win in 44.1-44.2. Wariner has enough talent that he can pull of a 2nd-4th place finish in 44.8 or so.
Prediction: Merritt, 44.1 FTW and Wariner 44.8 for 3rd.
Nick Symmonds owes it to his country to clean up his act some and just stick to racing. He needs to be quiet. No media ploys or publicity stunts, forget what Ian Stewart did and so on. He can run his low-1:44 with a closed yap. Duane Solomon will be not too far behind him and I haven’t heard much about the other guy.
Prediction: Symmonds 1:44.1 for 2nd or 3rd, Solomon 1:44.5 middle of the pack and Scherer, who knows…probably DFL.
With Leo, Centro and Wheating all in the 1500m, we will become awfully transparent to the rest of the world at that distance. In an ideal world we’d get 3 sub-3:36s or three top 6 finishes and call it a overall victory. Robby Andrews will eat another cheeseburger in last but will close in 52 to salvage a 3:39.
Prediction: Wheating 3:34, Centro 3:35, Andrews 3:39, Leo DFL. Places will be 5-6th place at best.
Jager shows so much promise as a runner. I hope he can get in another 8:17 or better. I am not sure if steepling is his best event, but tis the only event he could represent the US in London.
Prediction: Jager…8:17 or a slight shave off his PR in 8:15-8:16.