London Calling: 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials–Second Half Preview

World champion Jenny Simpson will be the woman to beat in the 1,500 meters. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Women’s 1,500m

Qualifying: Thursday, June 28 — 3:50 PM

Semifinal: Friday, June 29 — 3:45 PM

Final: Sunday, July 1 — 4:23 PM

Jenny Simpson is the reigning world champion, Morgan Uceny was the top-ranked 1,500m runner in the world last year and Shannon Rowbury, Anna Pierce and Gabriele Anderson are no slouches, either. In what should be the event of the meet, at least five women will battle for the top-three spots and the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the metric mile in London. Simpson and Rowbury, the bronze medalist at the 2009 world championships, have shown they know how to be at their best when the stakes are highest, while Mammoth Track Club teammates Uceny and Pierce each possess the tools to run well on the world level. Anderson surprised many earlier this year, defeating Uceny and others in the 1,500 at the Oxy High Performance meet in May with a personal best 4:06.46 clocking. She’ll need to finish in the top 3–and run under 4:06–to secure her spot in London.

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