For both devoted Track And Field geeks and casual fans, part of the fun is attempting to predict the outcomes. Some make it a science, gathering all the data they can on previous performances, reports on workouts and predicted weather. Others just go by their gut.
In the weeks leading up to the World Championships in Beijing, athletes will begin competing in meets throughout Europe to sharpen their racing chops.
Jenny Simpson placed second at the Paris Diamond Leage meet on Saturday with a huge PR of 3:57.22, just .10 shy of Mary Slaney's 31 year-old American record of 3:57.12. Simpson has been running consistently great all season and has a great chance at improving her time this summer. Shannon Rowbury also ran a milestone PR, breaking 4:00 for the first time.
It's been a big week for American distance athletes, with two American records and several other significant performances. In a year with no World Championships or Olympics, it's an exciting opportunity for athletes to push their limits to achieve some of the fastest times in history. They're inspiring to us mere mortals, and to future running stars.