Prediction Department — 2019 World Champs Women’s Medalists (01-26-19)

Picking World Championships podium people in January—when a crystal ball sometimes looks more like a snow globe—is always risky business, but it’s ultra-risky when you do it for a year in which the WC is set to roll around on its latest dates ever, September 28–October 06. We assigned the unenviable task to a pair from our World Rankings Panel, Richard Hymans doing the men, Jonathan Berenbom the women. Note that we didn’t include either athletes under provisional doping bans or Russians who have yet to be granted Neutral status by the IAAF. If the IAAF’s proposed testosterone rules finally get the green light, that too could change things.

Overall, the choices add up to a solid 28-medal haul (14 men, 14 women) for Team USA, 11 of them gold (5 men, 6 women). Last time around, London ’17, the U.S. total was 24 medals, split 13/17, with 10 golds (3 men, 7 women).

100 Elaine Thompson (Jamaica) Marie-Josée Ta Lou (Côte d’Ivoire) Dina Asher-Smith (Great Britain)
200 Dina Asher-Smith (Great Britain) Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas) Dafne Schippers (Netherlands)
400 Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas) Salwa Eid Naser (Bahrain) Phyllis Francis (USA)
800 Caster Semenya (South Africa) Francine Niyonsaba (Burundi) Ajee’ Wilson (USA)
1500 Faith Kipyegon (Kenya) Shelby Houlihan (USA) Laura Muir (Great Britain)
Steeple Beatrice Chepkoech (Kenya) Hyvin Jepkemoi (Kenya) Celliphine Chespol (Kenya)
5000 Hellen Obiri (Kenya) Sifan Hassan (Netherlands) Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia)
10,000 Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) Sifan Hassan (Netherlands) Senbere Teferi (Ethiopia)
100H Brianna McNeal (USA) Keni Harrison (USA) Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (Puerto Rico)
400H Sydney McLaughlin (USA) Dalilah Muhammad (USA) Shamier Little (USA)
Mar Mary Keitany (Kenya) Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)
20W Jiayu Yang (China) Shenjie Qieyang (China) Antonella Palmisano (Italy)
50W Rui Liang (China) Hang Yin (China) Claire Tallent (Australia)
4 x 100 United States Jamaica Great Britain
4 x 400 United States Jamaica Poland
HJ Mariya Lasitskene (Russia) Yuliya Levchenko (Ukraine) Mirela Demireva (Bulgaria)
PV Sandi Morris (USA) Katerína Stefanídi (Greece) Eliza McCartney (New Zealand)
LJ Brittney Reese (USA) Ivana Španović (Serbia) Malaika Mihambo (Germany)
TJ Caterine Ibargüen (Colombia) Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela) Shanieka Ricketts (Jamaica)
SP Lijiao Gong (China) Christina Schwanitz (Germany) Raven Saunders (USA)
DT Sandra Perković (Croatia) Yaimé Pérez (Cuba) Dani Stevens (Australia)
HT Anita Włodarczyk (Poland) DeAnna Price (USA) Joanna Fiodorow (Poland)
JT Huihui Lu (China) Barbora Špotáková (Czech Republic) Christin Hussong (Germany)
Hept Nafi Thiam (Belgium) Carolin Schäfer (Germany) Yorgelis Rodríguez (Cuba)