With the highly anticipated IAAF World Championships only a few weeks away, World Track and Field Web Site has put together a group with our own predictions based on who we believe have the strongest chances of winning medals in Berlin, Germany.

Breaking things down into groups will make it a little more interesting for you our viewers, as you will be able to interact more on specific distances and field events. Today it’s all about middle and distance running. Hopefully you will join in with your very own scoops – maybe there is something to learn that was missed.

Men – 800m
Abubaker Kaki (SUD)
David Lekuta Rudisha (KEN)
Amine Laalou (MOR)

World-Track Dig: I am sure there won’t be a Kaki Beijing repeat. His race selections were sensible this year.

Women – 800m
Pamela Jelimo (KEN)
Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN)
Caster Semenya (RSA)

World-Track Dig: This is going to be one of those races that anything can happen in the final. But if Pamela is right about her preparation she won’t be beaten.

Medal Dark-horses – Maggie Vessey (USA) and Anna Alminova (RUS)

Men – 1500m
Augustine Kiprono Choge (KEN)
Mehdi Baala (FRA)
Bernard Lagat (USA)

World-Track Dig: This race will definitely spring some surprises and I like Baala’s chances of winning a medal

Medal Dark-horse – Asbel Kiprop (KEN)

Women – 1500m
Maryam Yusuf Jamal – (BRN)
Gelete Burka (ETH)
Anna Alminova (RUS)

World-Track Dig: Maryam finished 5th in Beijing, but I wouldn’t bet against her repeating her Osaka gold medal performance.

Men – 5000m
Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) (If he runs this race)
Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)
Bernard Lagat (USA)

World-Track Dig: If Bekele runs this event the battle will be on for second and third.

Women – 5000m
Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
Meseret Defar (ETH)
Meselech Melkamu (ETH)

Medal Dark-horse – Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)

World-Track Dig: Dibaba is back to lead the sweep

Men – 10,000m
Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)
Sileshi Sihine (ETH)
Abebe Dinkesa (ETH)

World-Track Dig: I dont see the Kenyans splitting these guys up in Berlin

Women – 10,000m
Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)
Meselech Melkamu (ETH)
Meseret Defar (ETH)

World-Track Dig: Dibaba again to lead an Ethiopian sweep

Men – 3,000m Steeplechase
Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN)
Paul Koech (KEN)
Brimin Kipruto (KEN)

World-Track Dig: Kemboi missed the gold medal twice in 2005 and 2007, but this time he’ll go all the way

Women – 3,000m Steeplechase
Marta Domínguez (ESP)
Gulnara Galkina (RUS)
Yuliya Zarudneva (RUS)

World-Track Dig: An exciting race with Russia winning two medals.

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