This IAAF World's in London is supposed to be Bolt's retirement party! The start list is up posted by season's best that you can get from the IAAF page: https://www.iaaf.org/...reviews-2017-world-c
Just posting on some of my favourite events/atheltes that I am looking forward to:
100m F: Elaine Thompson should be the queen. Will Daphne Schippers (NL) be best of the rest?
100m: 21 year old Christian Coleman has run the season's best with a 9.82. Andre de Grasse, a year older pushed Bolt "a bit" last year at Rio. The young guys are coming on strong. I still want Bolt to go out with this win. Let's see. Gatlin on deck to push all these guys.
200m: Interesting that the fastest 200m times this year have been posted out of the continent of Africa: Van Niekerk 19.84 and Maklawa (from Botswana) 19.79. I am hoping our local boy Andre de Grasse can push these guys and Bolt for a medal
400m F: Is there a more technically beautiful runner than Allyson Felix. This seems like her race to lose
400m: I'm going for Van Niekerk all the way. Love this guy's running form. Makwala from Botswana posted a 43.70 this year. These Afrcians are fast
4x100: Season fastest times don't mean a ton since you never have the fast guys running together for their national team for the big meets. This should be the domain of a massive USA vs Jamaica smackdown....Great Britian and Canada have the two fastest times this year. Women's competition should be a Jamaica vs USA. I love the relays (more so the 4x100, but 4x400m is awesome....look out for Botswana men in the 4x400 to post a sub 3 min time).
Jumping up to the 5000m, the Ethopians Edris and Barega posted 12:55 times this year. Will they take it out in a drag race and try to wear down Mo Farah, or let his sit in for a sprint and give him the win at home? Of course the problem with this plan is that Mo's 5000m PB is 12:53....so he's going to sit in on all you idiots and still try to outkick you. In the 10000m Mo has run the 3rd fastest time this season. Rupp is on deck in this event. From Canada, we have Mohammad Ahmad who has been close to the front with all these guys....let's see what he can do in the 5k/10K double
OK, let's get the banter going since the Tour and Wimbledon are over the Vuelta has not started, US Open is still on the horizon, there is no Euro or FIFA World Cup this summer, Swimming worlds are done today, gotta wait for doped out NFL and Euro Pro Football till Sep and otherwise I am stuck with Nascar and Baseball...well on a plus note Tim Raines hits Cooperstown today.....GO ROCK!!!!