World record holder Gebrselassie plans for one hour run record.
The Reebok Grand Prix in New York and FBK Games in Hengelo will be the top two track meets to watch for this weekend. The Reebok Grand Prix will offer a first look at Tyson Gay taking on Jeremy Wariner in the 200, Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown in the men’s and women’s 100, Bernard Lagat looking for an American record in the men’s 5000, and not one, but two, Dibaba sisters taking on New Zealand’s Kim Smith in the women’s 5000. This is not to mention the presence of field event dazzlers like American record holder Jenn Stuzcynski in the Pole Vault and Sweedish heptathlon world champion Carolina Kluft in the long jump. Those are just the headliners…I won’t event go in to how deep each of the fields go.
In European track action there will be another world record attack by Haile Gebrselassie, this time in the one hour run at the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands. Haile currently holds the world record of 21,285 meters and the current marathon world record holder is poised to better that mark. Don’t let the Haile record attempt overshadow the remaining events which sure to raise eyebrows. Matchups between Kenenisa Bekele, 5,000 and 10,000 meter world record holder, and Olypmic silver medalist Asbel Kiprop in the men’s 1,500, a slew of Kenyan’s and Ethiopian’s looking to break 13:00 in the 5,000, all three Beijing Olympic medalists in the men’s steeplechase, not to mention the matchup of Beijing gold and silver medalists Nancy Lagat and Iryna Lishchynska.
WOW! Keep in mind these aren’t the only events, let alone meets, happening this weekend. The Reebok Grand Prix be live on NBC at 4:30 ET so be sure to tune in!