Thursday, July 17, 2008

Gaz de France Paris, France Preview

Friday, July 18, 2008
TV: July 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m., ESPN Classic
TV: July 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN2

Online: USA Track & Field

The IAAF Golden League circuit, also known as the European circuit, picks up again on Friday from Paris. The $1 Million Golden League Jackpot will be shared between the athletes capable of winning all of the six events in their own discipline. If no one completes this feat, the athletes having won 5 events will then have to share a $500,000 jackpot.

In a league of her own, Kenyan teenager Pamela Jelimo is a candidate left to win the $1 Million Golden League Jackpot along with Russian high jumper Blanka Vlasic. She ranks 6th on the all-time list at 800-meters with a stunning time of 1:54.99.

Will the freshly paid Walter Dix win his professional debut? Nike broke Dix off nicely after the Olympic Trials, making him one of sports highest paid athletes. The scenario looks much different now that Asafa Powell has withdrawn from the meet due to a tweaked groin. The question for Dix this week is how well-rested is he just twelve days after winning the 200-meters and running second in the 100-meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

By Jay Hicks.

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