Tonight's show down between challenger LaShawn Merritt and reigning champion Jeremy Wariner is arguably the Olympic Trials' hottest race. The favorite at this point is Wariner, considering how well he has looked in the rounds, coupled with the fact that he has won virtually everything there is to win in the sport. But Merritt has already proved in a win over Wariner to be a formidable opponent. Merritt will probably use his speed to get out quickly the first 200, and Wariner will get out well the first 60-meters and settle into a comfortable pace. Merritt will lead going into the third curve, and Wariner will hit the gas at 250-meters. The homestretch will be about which runner is in the best position and who has the biggest will power to win.
The woman to beat at 400-meters is definately American record holder Sanya Richards. Look for Wineberg, Trotter, and Hastings to all be in contention the final 60-meters. Don't be surprised to see Wineberg challenge the race from the start, while reigning national champion Trotter has the experience to win the race. Former 400-meter NCAA champion Hastings is also a threat as she's been putting together her race well throughout the rounds.
Women's 400 M Final - Lane Assignments:
1 467 Ebonie Floyd Nike 51.49
2 564 Monica Hargrove unattached 51.88
3 423 Debbie Dunn unattached 51.79
4 1387 Mary Wineberg Nike 50.57
5 1081 Sanya Richards Nike 50.75
6 592 Natasha Hastings Nike 51.04
7 1291 Dee Dee Trotter adidas 50.90
8 610 Monique Henderson Reebok 51.07Men's 400 M Final - Lane Assignments
1 773 Lionel Larry USC 45.55
2 966 Greg Nixon Asics 45.20
3 1194 Calvin Smith Florida 45.43
4 1382 Darold Williamson Nike 45.16
5 1326 Jeremy Wariner adidas 44.66
6 891 LaShawn Merritt Nike 44.76
7 1390 Reggie Witherspoon Nike 44.99
8 959 David Neville Nike 45.03By Jay Hicks.