Five storylines to watch
Consider this a showdown between The Man (
Gay showed he was back in full form when he ran 19.58 for 200 in New York in May. Last month he ran 9.77 for the 100 in Rome. Both marks stand as the world's best this year. Earlier this week, he compared his position this year to the one he faced before the world championships in Osaka in 2007: That year, Jamaica's
Consider the last three major international track and field competitions. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing,
So what if Taylor placed third at nationals again this year? Taylor is a pressure guy who loves the spotlight of a major race. Go back to the 2007 Worlds in Osaka, when
Jackson has gone back under 48 seconds this year after a three-year hiatus, and if Berlin gives the runners a downpour, as it sometimes does, the poor conditions could suit Jackson. But this will not be a gimme for the Yanks. Jamaicans
Perry is trying to become the first to three-peat in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Unlike Felix, she won't enter the race as the favorite.
How many times has a U.S. quartet run out of the zone or dropped the baton at least once at a major meet? This time around, the U.S. teams will enter as clear favorites in the men's 4x400-meter relay and perhaps slight underdogs to the Russians in the women's four by four.
But the four-by-ones figure to be superb battles between the U.S. and Jamaican teams. Three of the four sprinters who led Jamaica to a world record 37.10 in Beijing are back this season, with
The U.S. team has a number of candidates to choose from to join Gay, including
Take your pick among four distance athletes running both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in Berlin. Though he has called the distance an impractical strain,
Three women are set to double, too: