Moscow 2013 predictions
American magazine "Track and Field News" published its picks for 2013 IAAF World Championships
The magazine's experts picture Usain Bolt repeating his London success - winning three gold medals. While Mo Farah, not having the home advantage, is listed as a two-time silver medallist. Dejen Gebremeskel is supposed to overcome the Brit in the 5000 m and Ibrahim Jeylan - in the 10000 m, just as he did in Daegu. Other male athletes to supposedly defend their Daegu titles are Kirani James, David Rudisha, Asbel Kiprop, Christian Taylor, David Storl, Robert Harting, Valeriy Borchin and Ashton Eaton. The editors presume that the very competitive men's high jump will bring two medals to Russians: gold - to Ivan Ukhov and silver - to Andrey Silnov; Mitchell Watt will break Dwight Phillips' streak and Andreas Thorkildsen will get the desired gold medal.
"TFN" staff don't see many Russian women benifiting from the home crowd support: they suppose that Pamela Jelimo will overtake Mariya Savinova, Lshinda Demus will overtake Natalya Antyukh and Jessica Ennis will get back her world title from Tatyana Chernova (with Kristina Savitskaya in the third place). But Russian race walkers will still be on top with Lashmanova on the first place and Kaniskina - second. Another big home favourites are 3000 m steeple runner Yuliya Zaripova and high jumper Anna Chicherova. Interestingly, the editors don't see any of the renowned American female sprinters making successful doubles. They picture Carmelita Jeter winning silver in the 100 m, Allyson Felix - gold in the 200 m and Sanya Richards-Ross - gold in the 400 m, while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica might get away with gold in the 100 m and bronze in the 200 m.
The full version of "TFN" picks can be found here