Thursday, September 11, 2008

Preview - IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final

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The IAAF World Athletics Finals from Stuttgart, Germany brings together some of the sports top performers for the conclusion of the 2008 IAAF Track & Field Season. Athletes are competing for $30,000 in prize money and $100,000 for any new world records established at the meet.

It will be open season without Usain Bolt on the scene. It can be expected that Asafa Powell is will be running loose and bring a fast time.

The U.S. decathlon record may very well be in jeopardy. Bryan Clay is making a run to challenge the existing record which is currently held by the former World record holder Dan O’Brien, who in 1992 achieved 8891 points.

How much noise can they make in Stuttgart? Adam Nelson, Christian Cantwell, and Reese Hoffa struggled in Beijing, and hope to finish the end of the season on a much better note.

Look for a major collision in the 110-hurdles. Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver is fresh off a recent win over the Olympic gold medalist Dayron Robles of Cuba.

How fast can the most influential runner over the last year cover a lap against LaShawn Merritt? There are doubters, but look for Jeremy Wariner to make a huge statement with his performance and time.

It's been a long and tough season for the sport's most exciting athletes this season. Can Lolo Jones continue her near-domination in the 100-meter hurdles?

These three men know each other extremely well. The 400-meter hurdles has the usual suspects of Angelo Taylor, Kerron Clement, and Bershawn Jackson. Currently, Taylor is riding the hot hand as he is coming off an Olympic victory and a seasons best time of 44.30 in the open 400-meters. But that was then and Clement and Jackson can grab victory at a moments notice.

By Jay Hicks.

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