Saturday, August 17, 2013

women's world championship 1500m final

Anyone else out there following the world championships in Moscow? Watching Mo Farah pull out another flawless double was epic. It astounds me, because no matter how good you are, there are so many little positional things that can go wrong in a track race that can cost you the win--yet somehow Mo always seems to know exactly where he should be, and exactly when he should move. It's like he's already won the race in his head and he's just playing forward the inexorable sequence of events that will bring him over the line first. If you haven't already done so, you should watch the men's 800m final--no Rudisha,but still a hell of a race.

One of the more interesting storylines from a US perspective, though, was the women's 1500m. Two Americans made it to the final, the 2011 World Champion Jenny Simpson, and 17 year old high school prodigy Mary Cain. Despite being the 2011 champion, Simpson wasn't exactly the favorite, as the championship she had won was considered by some to have been somewhat uncompetitive (and featuring a fall by the favorite, Morgan Uceny). Meanwhile there was a fair amount of hype about Cain following her surprise advancement to the Final.

How'd it play out? Well, here's the race. (Sorry, can't embed--it would spoil the results)