In women's 100m hurdles: Harper-Nelson or Stowers?
The women's 100m hurdles is yet to disappoint on the circuit and, with all the big names basically lining up again in Monaco, our pair have a chat about their favourites. Will it be Harper-Nelson, Stowers, Rollins or Nelvis ... or will someone else pop up to surprise here?
KC: Once again, a very competitive field lines up for the women's 100m hurdles, an event that I think will be one of the most competitive at the World Championships, and I expect fireworks in Monaco.
André : I love this event! The top athletes are always going at it and it never disappoints. There are so many top sprint hurdlers in the game right now, so this year should be another very good one.
KC: The veteran Dawn Harper-Nelson seems to be peaking at the right time and, despite not running as fast as the youngsters have, she has been doing enough to win her last two meets.
André : Dawn delivers under pressure and that's not something we can really say for all these speedy youngsters, especially Jasmin Stowers, who was dominant at the start of the season. Shark Nelvis has been running slower every time she has run since the heats at the US trials, and Brianna Rollins has only raced twice since June month end.
KC: I am also interested in NCAA champion Kendra Harrison who was also second at the USA trials. This is her first race with the big guns, so she has something to prove.
André : She is interesting and this is another test of her credentials. Good speed, but she isn't ready to win on the circuit.
KC: Anyway, I think that, because of her experience, Harper-Nelson is more comfortable on the circuit and I think her presence
has been playing on the others mentally.
André : I don't like agreeing with you, but we are at the same place on that point. Harper-Nelson lives for these types of races and pressure and has been the most consistent of the lot. Stowers and Nelvis will push her to the line but there's a reason Stowers hasn't beaten her since May and Nelvis hasn't in their last three races. Harper-Nelson on 12.52.
KC: Stowers lost a close one to Harper-Nelson last time around. You said 12.52 for your winning time and, if that's the time, Harper-Nelson will not lose. But if it's any faster she won't finish in the top three. I see Stowers getting back to her early season form. She is under no pressure after missing the World Champs and will want to make a statement. I think Stowers will win in around 12.44 ahead of Nelvis and Harrison.