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The second day of the Prefontaine Classic gets going at noon (PST) today on NBC. Last night was an all distance affair.
Wilson Kiprop won the Kenyan Olympic Trials men’s 10,000 in an exciting stretch run over Moses Masai. Bitan Karoki was third. Although this race has been promoted as the trials race for Athletics Kenya, I would hardly say those names are set in stone. As Joe Battaglia said on our podcast this week (and wrote about extensively), the controversy and inconsistency of the Kenyan marathon selection process leaves little to be confident about. Even in the days prior to the 10,000, it was difficult to get a definitive answer on whether selectors would choose the first two or the first three from Friday’s race.
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The hyped International Mile fizzled when the pace lagged a bit behind the rabbits. With one lap to go rabbit Jordan McNamara was visibly urging the pack behind him to pick up the pace. Nobody really responded and Kenya’s James Magut won the race. No “A” standards were achieved despite the effort of placing a second photo finish camera at the 1500 mark. I hope they can get their money back for the camera.
Last season’s bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz made his outdoor debut and finished 8th in 3:57.44, his first race since the Millrose Games in February. Last year, in his lead up to his surprise win at the U.S. Championships; he raced ten times between March and June. This year, only once.
Prediciting the women’s 1500 at the Olympic Trials became a bit more difficult after Alice Schmidt held off Jenny Simpson for a 4:05.64 win. Schimdt, who made the American team last year at 800 meters, also beat Anna Pierce, Shannon Rowbury and Gabrielle Anderson. The American 1500 team looked very strong last year, with Simpson taking the gold and Morgan Uceny winning the Diamond League. This year, the depth remains, but the task is much tougher. Three women, two Ethiopian and one Kenyan, have already broken four minutes this season. Nobody went under four in all of 2011.
Alysia Montano channeled the namesake of the meet and ran away with the women’s 800. Montano ran an aggressive first lap of 55 seconds and then passed the rabbit en route to a 1:57.37. This was her first race of the season and it puts her in the company of recent Diamond League winners Pamela Jelimo and Fantu Magiso.
It was closer than expected, but Tirunesh Dibaba won the women’s 10,000 in 30:24.39. Kenyan marathoner Florence Kiplagat was just behind in 30:24.85. This race was billed as the de facto Ethiopian Olympic Trials. If that is the case, then Beleynesh Oljira and Werknesh Kidane will join Dibaba in London.
Full results of all races.