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SATURDAY STORY LINES - SAINSBURY'S ANNIVERSARY GAMES
By Chris Lotsbom @ChrisLotsbom
(c) 2013 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
(Used with permission)

NOTE: Here is the second installment of RRW Assistant
Editor Chris Lotsbom's ten story lines for this weekend's
Sainsbury's Anniversary Games at London's Olympic Stadium
which he will be covering for RRW. Today's article focuses
on the middle and long distance events scheduled for Saturday --Ed.

1. OREGON PROJECT IN THE HOUSE:
Alberto Salazar and the Oregon Project have a full roster on the meet program. In order of their races, Jordan Hasay and Tara
Erdmann are in the 3000m, Mary Cain and Treniere Moser in the 1500m, Matt Centrowitz and Galen Rupp in the Emsley Carr Mile, and
Mo Farah, Cam Levins, and Dathan Ritzenhein in the final event of Saturday, the 3000m. Salazar, a three-time ING New York City
Marathon champion, will have a busy weekend.

All of the Oregon Project athletes are contenders in their respective events. A majority of the team is coming off a high altitude
 training camp in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

2. EMSLEY CARR MILE SURE TO BE CROWD-PLEASER:
When you think of the most iconic British distance event, it has to be the mile. There's nothing more British than four laps around
 a track (plus 9 meters): Briton Roger Bannister was the first to break the four-minute barrier in 1954, the glory days of Seb Coe
vs. Steve Ovett, and Steve Cram's holding the world record from 1985 to 1993. A fantastic Emsley Carr Mile will take place in Queen
 Elizabeth Olympic Park, featuring a number of the best milers in the world. A quick run-down of those on the start list just shows
 how deep the race will in fact be:

-Matt Centrowitz: 2011 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist and Olympic 4th place finisher
-Collins Cheboi: Personal best of 3:51.44 for the mile, 3:31.53 for 1500m
-Augustine Choge: Olympic Games and World Championships finalist at 1500m; 2006 CWG 5000m gold medalist
-Henrik Ingebrigtsen: 5th in the 1500m at last year's Olympic Games, 2012 European Champion
-Daniel Komen: 22-times under 3:33 for 1500m with a 3:48.28 personal best
-James Magut: Prefontaine Classic Bowerman Mile champion, 3:50.68 personal best
-Jordan McNamara: Rapidly developing miler this summer has dropped 1500m PB to 3:34.00
-Mohamed Moustaoui: Fourth at Paris Diamond League 1500m in 3:33.18
-Galen Rupp: Olympic silver medalist and fastest indoor miler of 2013 season (3:50.92)
-Ayanleh Souleiman: Winner of the Oslo Bislett Games Mile in 3:50.53

3. TALENT-PACKED MEN'S STEEPLECHASE:
Brimin Kipruto leads the charge in the men's 3000m steeplechase, the only man in the field to have gone under eight minutes during
his career (7:53.64 PB). Kipruto finished fifth at last year's London Olympics while fellow Kenyan Ezekiel Kemboi went on to win
gold. Surely he'll look to improve upon his 2012 finish in the stadium, though will have to deal with sub-8:10 athletes Jairus
Kipchoge Birech and Gilbert Kirui. Also racing is American De'Sean Turner, who will be contesting the event at the IAAF World
Championships.

4. FARAH CAN RELIVE OLYMPIC GLORY:
While other British Olympic stars have been snake-bitten by injuries, Mo Farah will return healthy to the Olympic Stadium, site of
 where he won double distance gold in 2012. The 30-year-old is in fine form, breaking the British and European record for 1500m
last week by running 3:28.81 in Monaco. Farah is the only gold medalist in the distance events to compete at the Sainsbury's
Anniversary Games, making it that much more special when he takes the track for 3000m (see below).

5. TOUGH COMPETITION FOR FARAH IN 3000M:
Mo Farah will face a tough field in the 3000m, one that resembles the Olympic 10,000m of a year ago. Tariku Bekele, bronze medalist
 over 10,000m last year, returns with hopes of dethroning Farah for the top spot, while fellow Olympians Cam Levins, Dathan
Ritzenhein, Chris Thompson, and Daniele Meucci all hope to find their way into the top three. Gideon Gathimba has a season's best
 of 7:42.18, and American Ben True has run under 13:17 for 5000m four times this season, showing he could be in the mix.

PHOTO: Mo Farah days before running the first 20 km of the 2013 Virgin London Marathon

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