- Elle Purrier St. Pierre
- Jenny Simpson
- Nikki Hiltz
- Cory McGee
- Shannon Osika
I think Elle is the clear winner; Jenny has the experience and isn’t someone to bet against; and after that, this is very difficult.
Nikki Hiltz looked like they were practically jogging comfortably with the semi-final heat win, so I’m going with them for the final Olympic Team spot.
I don’t think the final will be a sit and kick situation, either. I predict sub-4 for the win and sub-4:03 to make the team.
- Donovan Brazier
- Clayton Murphy
- Bryce Hoppel
Is anyone not picking Brazier to win?
So far the arm sleeve trend has paid off, too, so I bumped Murphy from my original 3rd pick up to 2nd. #science
- Karissa Schweizer
- Josette Norris
- Rachel Schneider
- Allie Buchalski
- Elise Cranny
- Abbey Cooper
On paper, this is Karissa’s race to lose. There is no scenario where someone takes the race out fast, and she’s in unfamiliar territory with a PR that’s ~25 seconds faster than the next fastest person in the field.
That being said, I don’t think anyone is going to take the final out at a blistering pace. It’s supposed to be 90+ degrees, and 8 of the women in the field already have the Olympic standard. My prediction is that the leaders don’t start ratcheting down the pace until the final mile.
Josette Norris is a relatively new name to me, but anyone who has been paying attention over the last few months isn’t counting her out.
Then I think Rachel Schneider’s miler kick earns her the final spot on the team.
Like the 1500, this is also a tough call since there are way more than 3 people I’m rooting for. Can’t wait to watch!