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Here are our favorite previews, from Alfons Juck, EME News, our long time partner, keen observer of the sport.
PORTLAND SHORT PREVIEWS
Event by event
60 m: Experienced generation Powell, Collins, Rodgers against young ones Bromell, Bracy.
400 m: Maslak defending against US duo, Caribbeans, but the dark horse is young Haroun.
800 m: Berian on home soil, what is the shape of Aman? Be ready for surprise.
1500 m: Iguider, Centrowitz, Souleiman – all three in great shape. What will be the tactics.
3000 m: This is open, the usual fight Ethiopia vs Kenya will be added by home duo Hill-Chelimo, and what about Iguider and his double?
60 m Hurdles: French connection says the movie, Martinot-Lagarde, Bascou. McLeod is the man to watch.
High Jump: Barshim has the credentials and potential, but Tamberi is also unbeaten in 2016 and hugely improving.
Pole Vault: Lavillenie in shape is tough to beat. But do not forget Barber is the World Champion. Meet record 601 is possible.
Long Jump: Who can beat Dendy? Other medals very open.
Triple Jump: Big guns injured, time for China gold (so far only one male by Liu Xiang at World Indoors) ?
Shot Put: Nedow won the Tour, Stanek beat him in last meet, Haratyk was early excellent and Roberts won US title.
Heptathlon: Eaton is unbeatable in normal situation. The rest on the podium could be anybody.
4×400 m: No doubt about the winners, Belgium will be ready for silver and possibly attacking their own European record?
60 m: Pierre is a fast starter, but Schippers can catch her. Will we see sub seven?
400 m: Despite not beeing the fastest this year McPherson should be the pick. US duo not that experienced, Adekoya is ready.
800 m: Another open one. Who has top indoor experience? Possibly US duo will use home advantage.
1500 m: Fast or slow. Seyaum vs Hassan.
3000 m: It should be Dibaba, then little space, then Defar, then lot of space, then rest. Anyway, we count with meet record.
60mH: If not full US podium, then surprise. Only Tiffany can spoil the party.
High Jump: 19 years between Beitia and Cunningham, but the bet goes to Licwinko. Finally two meters?
Pole Vault: Real World record chance for Suhr, how many medals for Greeks? Meet record should be for sure (so far 486)
Long Jump: Is Stratton ready to cope withe favorite role? Reese, Spanovic far more experienced. Not to forget British duo and German newcomer Wester.
Triple Jump: First ever gold (also medal) for Venezuela? Surprise from Papahristou?
Shot Put: All points to Carter win. Valerie never gives up.
Pentathlon: This will be interesting. Brianne is ready, but Ukrainians have big scores, Williams fresh enough from last weekend? Surprise from Lake.
4×400 m: Can USA come close to World Indoor record?