Kevin Liao & Sam Juliano Make Their Men’s World Championship Selections


With Worlds beginning on Saturday, lead writer Kevin Liao and contributing writer Sam Juliano present their men’s medal picks in the running events.  Enjoy and critique to your liking.  Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or sending us a tweet @SpikedUpPsyched.

Kevin Liao Sam Juliano
100 meters
1. Asafa Powell 2. Usain Bolt 3. Justin Gatlin 1. Bolt 2. Powell 3. Nesta Carter
Powell has the reputation of chocking but as some point great athletes break out of the mold. Bolt hasn’t shown “it” this year. I’ve ripped on Gatlin recently but I’ve got a weird feeling about him. Jamaica sweeps unfortunately.
200 meters
1. Usain Bolt 2. Walter Dix 3. Alonso Edward 1. Bolt 2. Dix 3. Lemaitre
Despite not being 100% in 2011, Bolt still has the best top-end speed that will carry him in a down year for the event. Picking the “Great White Hope” for third on a hunch.
400 meters
1. Lashawn Merritt 2. Jermaine Gonzales 3. Kirani James 1. Gonzales 2. Merritt 3. Chris Brown
Merritt has raced once and will likely benefit from the rounds to sharpen up. James won’t quite be ready for the big time. The Jamaican takes it as a sort of surprise winner.
800 meters
1. David Rudisha 2. Abubaker Kaki 3. Alfred Yego 1. Kaki 2. Rudisha 3. Yego
The conventional wisdom top two. I still have doubts about Rudisha’s ability to win without a rabbit.  Remember former world record holder Wilson Kipketer was twice upset at the Olympic Games. Rudisha will fall to his rival in a tactical championship race.
1500 meters
1. Asbel Kiprop 2. Amine Laalou 3. Silas Kiplagat 1. Kiplagat 2. Kiprop 3. Nick Willis
Kiprop’s 1:43 800 in Monaco proved his finishing speed is where it should be in a slow tactical race. Laalou is a former half-mile specialist and should be the Kenyans’ biggest threat. Manzano has best shot for surprise U.S. medal. No big news here.
5000 meters
1. Bernard Lagat 2. Mo Farah 3. Eliud Kipchoge 1. Farah 2. Lagat 3. Kipchoge
Lagat will outlast a tired Farah. Going to be a close one but Lagat will be outkicked like in ’09.
10,000 meters
1. Mo Farah 2. Imane Merga 3. Zersenay Tadese 1. Bolt 2. Powell 3. Nesta Carter
Farah has been unbeatable this year. The big question is how fit Kenenisa Bekele is coming into Daegu. Despite being out for nearly two years Bekele is still the man and can’t be beat.
110 meter hurdles
1. Dayron Robles 2. David Oliver 3. Liu Xiang 1. Robles 2. Oliver 3. Jason Richardson
Robles hasn’t broken 13 seconds this season but has looked most consistent in recent meets. Once unbeatable Oliver has struggled of late and Liu is a big question mark. No shocker. Liu hasn’t raced much this summer or else he’d be here.
400 meter hurdles
1. Bershawn Jackson 2. Angelo Taylor 3. Dai Greene 1. Jackson 2. Taylor 3. Javier Culson
This is a wide open race as can be seen by the close Diamond League standings. With Kerron Clement not looking great, the U.S. won’t get its sweep.
3000 meter steeplechase
1. Brimin Kipruto 2. Ezekiel Kemboi 3. Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad 1. Kemboi 2. Kipruto 3. Bob Tahri
Kipruto nearly broke the world record earlier this year and should win in a typically-fast steeple championship race. The extra boxing practice for Mekhissi-Benabbad in Monaco helps him take the bronze. The man who nearly broke the world record beaten by Olympic champ Kemboi.


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