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    Ayana (yes, she is still alive) and Caster Semenya in loaded W 3000 at Pre
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    https://preclassic.runnerspace.com/e...news_id=576762

    This is the first mention I have seen of Ayana since that half she ran in India late 2017. I had just about given up hope of seeing her again. She's in very, very fast company at a distance that's at the very low end of her range, so I expect she will struggle, but I am sooooooooooo glad to see her return to action.

    As usual, it's waaaaaaaaaay too big a field (16 listed), but what a field! And, guess what, one Caster Semenya is entered! Should be very interesting.
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    Semenya (her agent) asked to run a 3,000, so the Pre Classic now has a women's steeplechase and a 3,000. Semenya refuses to take medication for her testosterone levels, but the new rules say that applies only to the 400 up to the mile.
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    I agree with Alan Shank..it will be very interesting to see how Semenya will do in this world class 3000m field. Prediction...she won't win.
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    This is interesting, for both athletes. Ayana has run 8:22 and 8:23, but that latter time is the the most recent at this distance, from 3 years ago. Semenya' best 3000 is 9:36, iirc, from a couple of years ago, but,of course that distance has not been a focus at all -- only raced it twice. I will be interested to see who else is in the field, and what sort of pace they are aiming for. No idea what to expect from Semenya, who has run 3:59 after all.
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    Sick field! But Obiri should win this.
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    I think Ayana's return is much more interesting than Semenya's participation. Semenya won't be a factor - I can't see her running faster than 8:40 here.

    Ayana, OTOH ... we saw her run 14:25 for the 2nd half of the 10,000 in London 2017 and that was after running no races that year! She could be back to full speed straight away!
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    Meetings between current Olympic 800 and 10000 Champs are pretty rare I think. I can't see Rudisha and Farah facing each other. Although there are some rather unusual circumstances at play here of course.
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    I'm going to predict Semenya ends up in the top 5 and keeps her overall winning streak going for the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ATK View Post
    I'm going to predict Semenya ends up in the top 5 and keeps her overall winning streak going for the year.
    I don't see her being remotely competitive at this distance. What do you mean "overall winning streak?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntinwr View Post
    I don't see her being remotely competitive at this distance. What do you mean "overall winning streak?"
    I made a mistake. She is undefeated across all distances from 200 - 5000 this year, but that streak will end here imo. But I do think she will be top 5 in this race.
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