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Kevin Liao & Sam Juliano Make Their Women’s World Championship Picks

Leader writer Kevin Liao and contributing writer Sam Juliano are back to present their World Championships selections for the women’s running events.  Think we’re totally off base?  Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or sending us a tweet @SpikedUpPsyched.

Kevin Liao Sam Juliano
100 meters
1. Veronica Campbell-Brown 2. Carmelita Jeter 3. Marshevet Myers 1. Campbell-Brown 2. Jeter 3. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
VCB always comes up big in championship races while Jeter has a history of poor history from Osaka and Berlin. Fraser-Pryce has always run well in big races so despite not being fully fit she will medal.
200 meters
1. Veronica Campbell-Brown 2. Carmelita Jeter 3. Allyson Felix 1. Felix 2. Campbell-Brown 3. Shalonda Solomon
Felix simply hasn’t shown the sharpness in the 200 this year to warant a top two selection. Coach Bobby Kersee has gotten Felix sharper in recent weeks to get her ready for a fourth world title.
400 meters
1. Allyson Felix 2. Amantle Montsho 3. Sanya Richards-Ross 1. Richards-Ross 2. Felix 3. Montsho
Despite great successes in the 200, the 400 meters seems to be Felix’s ideal event. The season-long progression for Richards-Ross culminates with defending her title.
800 meters
1. Kenia Sinclair 2. Jenny Meadows 3. Janeth Jepkosgei 1. Sinclair 2. Meadows 3. Alysia Montano
Sinclair has been the most consistent in 2011. Meadows convincingly won the most recent Diamond League in London. Montano manages to hang on from leading early on to earn a medal.
1500 meters
1. Maryam Jamal 2. Morgan Uceny 3. Ibtissam Lakhouad 1. Jamal 2. Gelete Burka 3. Jenny Simpson
As a fan of U.S. distance running, I want to pick Uceny but Jamal looked great in Monaco and has the championship experience. Simpson surprises with a bronze. Uceny had her best races too early
5000 meters
1. Vivian Cheruiyot 2. Meseret Defar 3. Linet Masai 1. Cheruiyot 2. Defar 3. Masai
Cheruiyot has looked unbeatable this season including a blazing 14:20 in Stockholm.  Defar hasn’t looked like the same unbeatable runner she exhibited in 2007. I need to stop agreeing with Kevin. It’s starting to scare me.
10,000 meters
1. Vivian Cheruiyot 2. Linet Masai 3. Sally Kipyego 1. Cheruiyot 2. Masai 3. Shalane Flanagan
No Dibaba and Defar means the Kenyans will sweep. Flanagan ran well enough for a medal in hot, humid conditions in Beijing and will repeat for third place on Saturday.
110 meter hurdles
1. Sally Pearson 2. Danielle Carruthers 3. Kellie Wells 1. Pearson 2. Dawn Harper 3. Carruthers
Pearson has absolutely dominated this year. Tempted to pick Dawn Harper for a medal. Pearson without a doubt.
400 meter hurdles
1. Kaliese Spencer 2. Lashinda Demus 3. Melaine Walker 1. Spencer 2. Demus 3. Walker
Spencer has looked great in 2011. A very special day for her could lead to a world record. Really, the same picks again?! Kevin and I hang out too much.
3000 meter steeplechase
1. Milcah Chemos 2. Sofia Assefa 3. Mercy Njoroge 1. Chemos 2. Assefa 3. Gulnara Galkina
Chemos has run many close races but manages to win every time. Olympic champ and world record holder Galkina rallies for the bronze.

Tags: Daegu 2011

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