A re-run of last year’s 2013 IAAF World Championships is a possibility, with four of the top five finishers from the Moscow final having been entered.
On that occasion, the USA’s Nick Symmonds got closest to Mohammed Aman, the prodigious Ethiopian who will be defending the crown he won as a junior in Istanbul in 2012.
Aman will start as clear favourite in Sopot after running an African record of 1:44.52 in Birmingham. The in-form South African Andre Olivier, the Polish pair of two-time European indoor champion Adam Kszczot and Marcin Lewandowski, Spain’s Kevin Lopez and Britain’s Andrew Osagie have all also been running well and so it will be a battle just to make the final.
Simon Turnbull for the IAAF