Has Dathan Ritzenhein awakened the Americans? Or maybe Jerry Schumacher is beginning to figure out that his athletes won't run fast if all they do is train then sit home and watch races on TV.
I'm mildly surprised that Chris Solinsky and Matt Tegenkamp are entered in the 5,000 meter run at the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme - ÅF Golden League track meet in Brussels. World record holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia is in the race along with 15 Kenyans. (Solinsky on Twitter- Big night tomorrow night. Race time 2:25pm central time catch it on www.universalsports.com. Great field, fitness, lets go get it done!!)
Unfortunately, according to the IAAF website, rain clouds are threatening and temperatures are dropping.
You can watch the meet live at universalsports.com starting at 1:50 pm EST today. World record holder Usain Bolt is running the 200 meters, with Tyson Gay in the 100. Nick Symmonds is in the 800. The US also has a team entered in the rarely run 4 x 1500 meter relay. Apparently teams are gunning for the world record of 14:38.8 set by Germany way back in 1977. On the women's side, American Maggie Vessey will be attempting to bounce back following her poor showing at the World Championships in the 800. Anna Willard, who recently broke 4:00 in the 1500 is also entered.