The track & field championships begin Friday night, from Beijing, China, in the “Birds Nest” stadium, the sight of the 2008 Olympic games.
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I did pick local Olympian Jenn Suhr, our pole vaulter from Roberts Wesleyan College, to finish in the top three. I also picked Usain Bolt not to win a gold medal, I think Justin Gatlin will beat him out this year in the 100m and 200m races. I think Galen Rupp will medal in the men’s 10,000 meter race and Evan Jager will win the first gold medal ever for the U.S. in the Steeplechase. Molly Huddle, from the southern tier of NY (Elmira) will medal in the women’s 10,000 meter race.
Television coverage of the championships is spotty, with most of the events on Universal Sports, which Time Warner doesn't offer without paying an extra $9/month.