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Short Previews of Portland
Here are our favorite quick previews from Alfons Juck and EME News, our long time partner and a keen observer of the sport.
Event by Event
60 m: Experienced generation Powell, Collins, Rodgers against young ones Bromell, Bracy.
400 m: Maslak defending against US duo, Caribbeans, but the dark horse is young Haroun.
800 m: Berian on home soil, what is the shape of Aman? Be ready for surprise.
1500 m: Iguider, Centrowitz, Souleiman - all three in great shape. What will be the tactics.
3000 m: This is open, the usual fight Ethiopia vs Kenya will be added by home duo Hill-Chelimo, and what about Iguider and his double?
60m Hurdles: French connection says the movie, Martinot-Lagarde, Bascou. McLeod is the man to watch.
High Jump: Barshim has the credentials and potential, but Tamberi is also unbeaten in 2016 and hugely improving.
Pole Vault: Lavillenie in shape is tough to beat. But do not forget Barber is the World Champion. Meet record 601 is possible.
Long Jump: Who can beat Dendy? Other medals very open.
Triple Jump: Big guns injured, time for China gold (so far only one male by Liu Xiang at World Indoors) ?
Shot Put: Nedow won the Tour, Stanek beat him in last meet, Haratyk was early excellent and Roberts won US title.
Heptathlon: Eaton is unbeatable in normal situation. The rest on the podium could be anybody.
4x400 m: No doubt about the winners, Belgium will be ready for silver and possibly attacking their own European record?
60 m: Pierre is a fast starter, but Schippers can catch her. Will we see sub seven?
400 m: Despite not beeing the fastest this year McPherson should be the pick. US duo not that experienced, Adekoya is ready.
800 m: Another open one. Who has top indoor experience? Possibly US duo will use home advantage.
1500 m: Fast or slow. Seyaum vs Hassan.
3000 m: It should be Dibaba, then little space, then Defar, then lot of space, then rest. Anyway, we count with meet record.
60mH: If not full US podium, then surprise. Only Tiffany can spoil the party.
High Jump: 19 years between Beitia and Cunningham, but the bet goes to Licwinko. Finally two meters?
Pole Vault: Real World record chance for Suhr, how many medals for Greeks? Meet record should be for sure (so far 486)
Long Jump: Is Stratton ready to cope withe favorite role? Reese, Spanovic far more experienced. Not to forget British duo and German newcomer Wester.
Triple Jump: First ever gold (also medal) for Venezuela? Surprise from Papahristou?
Shot Put: All points to Carter win. Valerie never gives up.
Pentathlon: This will be interesting. Brianne is ready, but Ukrainians have big scores, Williams fresh enough from last weekend? Surprise from Lake.
4x400 m: Can USA come close to World Indoor record?
PORTLAND, Oregon -- With just two days until the start of the IAAF World Indoor Championships - Portland 2016, let’s take a look at Team USA “By the Numbers” heading into this weekend.
PORTLAND, Oregon – Eight World Indoor Championships medalists, including two-time defending heptathlon champion Ashton Eaton (Bend, Oregon), highlight Team USA’s roster for the IAAF World Indoor Championships – Portland 2016. In total, 58 athletes will represent the red, white and blue at the Oregon Convention Center, March 17-20.
The view from the media box, 12 March 2016, photo by Larry Eder - To say that this was one of the finest US Indoor Champs is not exaggerating. To say that, even with the rumors of many of our stop stars not competing, I had some concerns, would also be an honest statement. But the amazing women's field events, the gutty 1,500 meters, and the fast 3000 meters, as well as the men's pole vault, made me forget about my misgivings.
Boris Berian and Shannon Rowbury were two of the many athletes who call the Golden State their home. In light of our publication, California Track & Running News, we asked Mark Winitz, our long time contributor to many of our media, to write a daily update on the USA Indoor Champs.
The IAAF London 2017 entry standards for road events, combined events and the 10,000m are also confirmed
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 10, 2016 – NBCSN presents coverage of the 2016 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend from Portland, Ore., beginning tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 11, at 11:30 p.m. ET and continuing live this Saturday, Mar. 12, at 8 p.m. ET.
One week from now, the focus of the athletics world will be on the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, which takes place from 17-20 March.
It’s nearly midnight in California on Sunday night, Feb. 21 and I’ve just returned from New York and the Millrose Games. A quick trip out Friday, then returning on Sunday for a full week of work, but the trip was worth it.
It was a fantastic meet with a receptive crowd in the New Balance Armory. The meet ended as all meets should, with a fantastic race. This year, it was the Wanamaker mile and it was epic! Nick Willis and Matt Centrowitz dueled for all to see, with Matt getting just ahead of Nick with a lap to go, and sealing the deal with a 26.5 final 200 meters!
To me though, what’s most important is that this meet was nearly dead five years ago. I wasn’t a fan of moving it to the Armory. I felt it was sacrilege to move the then-104-year-old meet to another venue. But Norb Sanders, Ray Flynn, and their supporters have proved me wrong.
In past years, there was a polite mention of the meet in the New York Times. Today, there are FOUR stories. But most of all, it was so good to see the support that the New York Road Runners has put into the meet. Seeing Peter Ciaccia and Mike Capiraso there, I felt that the late Fred Lebow and, of course, Alan Steinfeld, would approve.
And that is good.
Nick Willis wins NBIGP mile! photo by PhotoRun.net
Nick Willis is a middle distance veteran. He’s also the 2008 Olympic silver medalist at the 1500 meters. Watching Willis race is a real treat for any distance runner: Nick makes few mistakes in his racing. He positions himself well, he prepares for his final move, and that move is done with the precision of a surgeon. His race at the 2015 Millrose Games was near-perfect. In the end, he and Matt Centrowitz took it to the line, with Centrowitz taking the win. But that’s the issue with a guy like Nick Willis. The Kiwi Michigander just doesn’t like to lose. And he doesn’t lose often. In watching Willis go to the line on Sat., Feb. 20 in NYC, we should be prepared for an exciting race.