Distance Runners Getting Ready For Worlds
August 2, 2009: In the men's 1000m, reigning double World champion Bernard Lagat will take his final pre-Berlin test after which he will probably decide if he will be defending both his 1500and 5000m titles, which he won in 2007. The field in this event also includes Berlin-bound Canadian Nate Brannen.
The women's 1500m field includes one of this year's new members of the sub-four minute club, Christin Wurth-Thomas. The American, who finished second at the US championships last month, clocked 3:59.98 in Rome earlier this month, finishing second. The talented field also includes US champion Shannon Rowbury and Olympic silver medallist Iryna Lishchynska of Ukraine.
The women's 5000m will be lead by Ethiopian Sentayehu Ejigu who will compete in the event at the World championships, while Americans will be keenly eying national steeplechase record holder Jenny Barringer, a central Florida hero, who earlier this season also joined the sub-4 club after her 3:59.90 run at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene.
Other runners to watch at Worlds will be Kara Goucher and Ryan Hall, both of whom came close to a win at Boston before fading to close thirds behind some of the best African runners in the world. Both potentially could medal if they have a good day.
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