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    Monaco W 3000!!!!!!
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    Has anyone seen the ads for the Monaco DL meet yet?

    Here's a preliminary entry list for the W3000:
    Almaz Ayana, Meraf Bahta, Gelete Burka, Habiba Ghribi, Letesenbet Gidey, Karoline Grovdal, Shelby Houlihan, Agnes Tirop, Molly Huddle, Laura Muir, Margaret Kipkemboi, Eilish McColgan, Steph Twell, Lilian Rengeruk, Hellen Obiri, Dominique Scott, Shannon Rowbury, Senbere Teferi

    This is a race, IMO, that Genzebe should be in, instead of chasing records in set up races.

    M PV Shawn Barber, Thiago Braz, both Lavillenie's, Piotr Lisek, Raphael Holzdeppe, Pawel Wojciechowski, Jan Kudlicka, Kurtis Marschall, Kevin Menaldo

    M SC -- Jairus Birech, Hillary Bor, Amos Kirui, Yemane Haileselassie,Evan Jager, Stanley Kebenei, Ezekiel Kemboi, Benjamin Kigen, Brimin Kipruto, Conseslus Kipruto, John Koech, Haron Lagat, Bob Tahri, Mitko Tsenov, Justin Kipkorir

    W TJ -- Ibarguen, Elena Panturoiu, Patricia Mamona, Kimberly Williams, Yulimar Rojas, Paraskevi Papachristou, Olga Rypakova (This is a repeat from Rabat.)

    I believe that Usain Bolt is supposed to run in the 100.

    The DL program for Monaco includes:
    Men 100, 400, non-DL 800, 1500, SC, PV, JT
    Women 200, 800, 3000, 100H, non-DL 400H, HJ, TJ
    Cheers,
    Alan Shank
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    Monaco is always the DL to watch (especially for distance events).
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    I also hope that Ayana is actually running.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juicy News View Post
    I also hope that Ayana is actually running.
    I do, too. They are certainly touting her presence:

    "The public can count on Almaz AYANA (Ethiopia)’s presence, Olympic Champion in title of the 10000m and 3rd of the 5000m; and on Hellen OBIRI (Kenya)’s presence, Vice Olympic Champion of the 5000m in Rio. By their sides, Laura MUIR (Great-Britain), recordwoman of the 3000m indoor with a 8’26’’41 performance, Indoor European Champion on the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase. Not to mention Molly HUDDLE (USA), American record holder of the 10000m and Shannon ROWBURY (USA), American record holder of the 1500m and 5000m."

    The above seems to be a rather clumsy translation from French, which reads:

    "Le public pourra compter sur la présence d’Almaz AYANA (Ethiopie), Championne Olympique en titre du 10000m et 3e sur 5000m ; et sur celle d’Hellen OBIRI (Kenya), Vice-Championne Olympique sur 5000m à Rio. A leurs côtés, Laura MUIR (Grande-Bretagne), recordwoman du 3000m en salle avec un chrono de 8’26’’41, Championne d’Europe Indoor sur 1500m et 3000m et la tunisienne Habiba GHRIBI, Vice-championne du Monde sur 3000m steeplechase. Sans oublier Molly HUDDLE (USA), détentrice du record d’Amérique du 10,000m et Shannon ROWBURY (USA), détentrice du record d’Amérique du 1500m et 5000m."

    I think it's very important for Ayana to do well; if she doesn't, she may not race in London.
    Wishin' and hopin',
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    If Rowbury is anywhere near her 3:56 shape---
    AND if she goes all out (doesn't hold back for a last lap kick)----
    AND if the pace is for a time between 8:18 & 8:22 for the leaders---

    Rowbury could break Slaney's 8:25.83 AR!!

    She and Simpson both ran 8:29's 2-3 years ago.
    This was BEFORE Rowbury's 3:56!!
    If she runs fearlessly, the AR is her's!!

    As for Houlihan, have no idea what her true potential is---or her best event---but I feel she could go sub-8:40 now---at least!

    Huddle is the "snail" of the US entrants, but her strength alone could also get her under 8:40!

    Ayana?
    No reason to believe a sub-8:20 isn't possible---maybe WELL under!!

    Then there's Muir & Obiri---both of whom could steal the show if Ayana's a DNS....or is "off" in some manner!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronk View Post
    If Rowbury is anywhere near her 3:56 shape---
    AND if she goes all out (doesn't hold back for a last lap kick)----
    AND if the pace is for a time between 8:18 & 8:22 for the leaders---

    Rowbury could break Slaney's 8:25.83 AR!!

    She and Simpson both ran 8:29's 2-3 years ago.
    This was BEFORE Rowbury's 3:56!!
    If she runs fearlessly, the AR is her's!!

    As for Houlihan, have no idea what her true potential is---or her best event---but I feel she could go sub-8:40 now---at least!

    Huddle is the "snail" of the US entrants, but her strength alone could also get her under 8:40!

    Ayana?
    No reason to believe a sub-8:20 isn't possible---maybe WELL under!!

    Then there's Muir & Obiri---both of whom could steal the show if Ayana's a DNS....or is "off" in some manner!
    Chances are there's very little of the above "coulds" which actually happens....if any
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    Alan Shank already did a preview---1st post!
    Here's a review---2 days later!
    Events listed in program order---

    4X100R Women
    USA A & B teams listed. Anyone know who's running?

    PV
    Braz, Barber, Holzdeppe, Lavillenie, Lisek, Marschall, Wojciechowski
    (No Duplantis or Kendricks!!)

    4X100R Men
    USA A & B (Same question as above!)
    Canada is also listed. Will De Grasse run it?

    JT
    Rohler,, Vetter, Walcott, Yego

    400H
    Carter, Little, Spencer, Watson
    (Several "names" missing!)

    1500
    Centro, T Cheruiyot, F Ingebrigtsen, Kiprop, R Kwemoi, Manangoi, Willis
    (If the 3 Ingebrigtsen's wanted to, they could form a "Borlee-type" 4XMile Relay team that could probably get the World Record!! LOL)

    HJ
    Beitia, Cunningham, Lake, Lasitskene, McPherson, Trost

    400
    Makwala, Norwood, Roberts, Thebe, WVN
    (Meet Record is MJ's---43.96!)

    800
    Bishop, Hassan, Lipsey, Martinez, Roesler, Sharp, Sum, Wilson
    (Ajee supposedly will be chasing the AR of 1:56.40! BTW, there's 3 others entered, but I refuse to honor them by naming them!)

    200
    Asher-Smith, K Duncan, Jefferson, SMU, Prandini, Ta Lou
    (ET, Bowie, Schippers & Felix missing!)

    TJ
    Ibarguen, Rojas, Rypakov

    800
    Bosse, Brazier, E Korir, McBride, Sowinski, Tuka, Windle
    (1:42-something?)

    100H
    Ali, Dutkiewicz, K Harrison, Nelvis, Pearson, Stowers, D Williams

    3000
    Ayana, Bahta, Burka, Gidey, Grovdal, Houlihan, Huddle, McColgan, Muir, Obiri, Rowbury, Scott, Tirop, Twell
    (Oh My!!!)

    100
    Belcher, Bolt, McLeod, Simbine, Su, Ujah, I Young
    Most interesting entrant may be Omar McLeod, the 110H guy!!
    But no Gatlin, De Grasse, WVN, Makwala, Coleman!)

    3000SC
    Bayer, Birech, Bor, Jager, S Kebenai, E Kemboi, B Kigen, B & C Kipruto, A Kirui
    (Sub-8:00???)

    Let's hope for "perfect" conditions!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronk View Post
    100
    Belcher, Bolt, McLeod, Simbine, Su, Ujah, I Young
    Most interesting entrant may be Omar McLeod, the 110H guy!!
    But no Gatlin, De Grasse, WVN, Makwala, Coleman!)
    I imagine Bolt had a "don't let them in" list for this appearance.

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronk View Post
    3000SC
    Bayer, Birech, Bor, Jager, S Kebenai, E Kemboi, B Kigen, B & C Kipruto, A Kirui
    (Sub-8:00???)
    Pretty unlikely, with C's ankle bothering him.

    BTW, being mentioned by you in a post is no honor! (See prior snide remark in aaronk's post.)
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    Wow - this meet is gonna answer LOTS of interesting 'pecking order' questions going into London!

    Walcott/Yego
    Carter/Little
    Centro/Kiprop/Kwemoi/Manangoi
    VC/Lasi
    Makwala/Thebe/VNK
    Ajee
    Ibarg/Rojas/Rypa
    Korir!/Braz/Windle (aka the 2017 Wottle)
    Ali/Pearson/KH
    UB - is this essentially a solo run?
    All the mSteeple guys.
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    That men's 100m is definitely stronger than I suspect Bolt would have liked. Simbine and Ujuh, both under 10 this year, are legit threats.

    Really excited to see Miller-Uibo in that 200! Could the WL be in danger?

    The men's 400 looks hot, too! van Niekerk vs. Makwala. The MR has to go down in that clash.
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