RBR Podcasts: Preview of 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships, 25 June-28 June 2019, Des Moines, Iowa

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The most spectacular event on the USATF schedule is the 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships. The event, will be held 25 June to 28 June 2019, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. The meet will determine who will represent the USA at the 2019 Doha WC (Doha, Qatar, 26 September 2019-5 October 2019) and the Match 2019 Europe VS. USA (Minsk, Belarus, Sept 9-10, 2019).

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Drake Stadium, 2018 USATF Championships, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

The USA has five wild cards from London 2017: Justin Gatlin in the 100m, Sam Kendricks in the PV, Torie Bowie in the 100m, Emma Coburn in the steeplechase, and Brittney Reese in the LJ. In order to take the wild card, the afore-mentioned athletes must compete in something at the USATF championships. In all events, positions are on the line.

ImE_9X7E.jpgDay 1, Drake Stadium, 2018 USATF Champs, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

To see Track & Field News' Men's Preview, formchart 2, by Dave Johnson: https://trackandfieldnews.com/usatf-champs-formchart-2-men-2019/

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Shakima Wimbley, 2018 USATF Outdoor, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

To see the full preview on women's events, please click on Track & Field News' Women's Preview, form chart 2, by Jack Pfeiffer: https://trackandfieldnews.com/usatf-champs-formchart-2-2019/

What am I looking for? Well, everyday has some fascinating athletics. The field events have fine shot puts, pole vaults and some big jumping coming. Can Will Claye up his 18.14m WL? The sprints have a delicious menu on both 100m events? Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie have wild cards, so there are still 3 positions up for grabs. Can a quiet Ronnie Baker challenge Christian Coleman? Can Noah Lyles blow out the 200m? The middle distances are always fascinating, with Shelby Houlihan looking tough at 800m and 1,500m. How will the men's 800m fare with Donovan Brazier and Clayton Murphy? The men's 1,500m is wide open.

The 5,000m and 10,000m for both men and women will be fascinating. The women's steeplechase with Emma Coburn is fascinating, and the men's will not have Evan Jager for the first time since 2012.

Each day should be hot on the track and off. Check out our podcast preview just below (special thanks to Mike Deering, the Shoe Addicts).

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