>Pre Classic Middle Distance Fields Announced

>How fortuitous. And lucky too.

Today I posted my current rankings for men’s and women’s middle distances. Today the fields for those same events at the Prefontaine Classic were announced.

So here they are, as currently ranked in my system…

800 METERS (MEN)
2. Ahmad Ismail (Sudan)
3. Yuriy Borzakovskiy (Russia)
8. Boaz Lalang (Kenya)
15. Khadevis Robinson
27. Nick Symmonds
30. Christian Smith
24, 1500m Alfred Yego (Kenya)
**Gary Reed (Canada)
**Amine Laalou (Morocco)
So far as I know, the last three will make their seasonal debut at 800 in Eugene. Reed split a respectable 1:45.73 at the Penn Relays.

800 METERS (WOMEN)
11. Hazel Clark
20. Kenia Sinclair (Jamaica)
24. Alice Schmidt
34. Jemma Simpson (Great Britain)
**Pamela Jelimo (Kenya)
**Janet Jepkosgei (Kenya)
**Alysia Johnson
**Tatyana Andrianova (Russia)
The two Kenyans have not yet started their season, but are pretty much everyone’s favorites to be the world’s best.

1500 METERS (WOMEN)
1. Anna Alminova (Russia)
4. Jenny Barringer
5. Nuria Fernandez (Spain)
7. Gelete Burka (Ethiopia)
14. Anna Willard
28. Shayne Culpepper
48. Meskerem Assefa (Ethiopia)
55. Nancy Lagat (Kenya)
6, 5k-10k Shalane Flanagan
13, 800m Treniere Clement
21, 3k-5k Shannon Rowbury
34, 800m Christin Wurth-Thomas
**Erin Donohue
Very, very deep. The best women’s 1500 race yet this year.

BOWERMAN MILE (MEN)
1. Haron Keitany (Kenya)
6. Belal Mansoor (Bahrain)
19. Shedrack Korir (Kenya)
27. Alan Webb
45. Peter van der Westhuisen (S Africa)
47. Nate Brannen (Canada)
58. Josephat Kithii (Kenya)
58. Juan van Deventer (South Africa)
62. Lopez Lomong
7, 800m Asbel Kiprop (Kenya)
**Leonel Manzano
**Nicholas Kemboi (Kenya)
**Evan Jager
**Henok Legesse (Ethiopia)

Two things to consider: my World Rankings only take into account what has already happened, so early-season rankings should be taken with a grain of salt. For the most part, these reflect the indoor season, which was long enough ago to not have a huge amount of predictive power. Also, the rankings have less meaning the further down the list you go.

But no matter how you look at it, the Prefontaine Classic deserves its inclusion in the new Diamon League.

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One Response to >Pre Classic Middle Distance Fields Announced

  1. oasis44 says:

    >Wow that women’s 1500 field is absolutely loaded — I cannot wait to see how that race unfolds.

    The men’s mile seems a bit disappointing in comparison, although I’m looking forward to seeing Kiprop make his 2009 debut at the distance.