Andre: Ok things are getting really interesting now. Lot of big names missing, still some serious ones in the mix, add to that the constant possibilities of a surprise or two… The women’s 400m looks like it’s going to be another good one. KC: I think this is one of the most wide open 400m female events at a major championships as I think the field lacks good quality. Andre: I knew you’d say that because your girl Francena McCorory did not make the U.S. 400m team. I think there is good quality here and we have seen in the heats that folks are coming into form, looking comfortable in qualifying and threatening to run much faster when it’s needed. KC: It is so unfortunate that the best female quarter-miler in the world will not be competing here as she can beat anyone in this line up by a half a second but the show has to go on. Imagine a line-up going into the Championships where only one lady has gone sub 50 seconds this season in Shaunae Miller and I will not be surprised if the winning time will be the slowest in history at these Championships. Andre: McCorory knew what the qualifying criteria was. She foolishly sacrificed a spot on the 400m team for a world lead and as an experienced athlete you would expect better. Anyway, let’s talk about the ladies who are actually competing. Allyson Felix has multiple sub 50 times to her credit and will definitely go there this week. KC: This is a great opportunity for Jamaica to make history here as we could see all four making it to the final where I think McPherson is our best medal hope and she is due for a very big performance. If she is not too far off the pace in the final, she could be in for a history-making performance. Andre: McPherson has had her issues this year, but she is doing better and looks like she will go fast here, same for Bianca Razor and we know that Christine Ohuruogu will be there when the roll is called. But yes, it’s a good chance for some Jamaican joy in this event, even if Felix and Miller are ahead of our girls. KC: I am not worried about Razor here as she has PR already in the first round, a similar situation like we saw in the men’s 400m. I expect though that it will be a duel for gold between Miller and Felix, as these two have the best 200 metres speed in the field and could use this to their advantage. Andre: Yes, I agree. I think there will be two races in one; the race for the gold between Miller and Felix and the race for the bronze between McPherson and Ohuruogu, who I find it hard to count out. Natasha Hastings looked unconvincing in the heats, but has decent quality and could also be a factor, along with youngster Shericka Jackson, who is ready to break out. KC: McPherson has been finishing third all season in majority of the Diamond League meets and must be hungry now for a better placing, but can she beat either, Miller or Felix? Yes, I think so and while Ohuruogu always saves her best for the big moments, this time she could be found wanting as I think her luck will run out. Williams-Mills is also in the same situation as time is catching up on them and both could find themselves out of the final this time around. Andre: I’m worried about Novlene Williams-Mills, she has some medical issues this year and it has affected her preparation. McPherson is ready to run fast, but her preparation has also been hampered this year. I’m banking on the young Bahamian to win, just over Felix, with McPherson going one better than last World Champs and taking the bronze. KC: The experience and class of Felix will prevail here and she will win her first major 400 metres title and make up for her narrow loss to Montsho in Daegu as this lineup is not frightening. Miller should do enough to hold on for second and Hasting, who normally goes out fast, could cause some problems here. She and McPherson could have a battle royal in the final 50 metres for the bronze medal.
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