All three medallists from the IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014 will be in Portland: defending champion Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti, Ethiopia’s Aman Wote and Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider, who won the indoor crown in 2012.
Iguider, the Olympic bronze medallist, tops the world lists with his convincing 3:34.94 victory in Glasgow over Souleiman, who three days earlier had broken the world indoor 1000m record with 2:14.20 in Stockholm.
After running 3:35.91 en route to the fourth-fastest time ever for the indoor mile (3:50.63), Matthew Centrowitz wants to win an elusive title for USA in the city where he lives and trains.
New Zealand’s 2008 Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis hopes to erase the disappointment from his previous trips to the World Indoor Championships, having been disqualified in 2008 and 2014 for lane violations. He is also in enviable form, judging from his 3:51.06 Oceanian indoor mile record at the Millrose Games.
Two other finalists from 2014 will return for this year’s edition: Czech Republic’s European indoor champion Jakub Holusa and Kenya’s Bethwell Birgen, who will be joined by his compatriot Vincent Kibet. The duo hopes to win Kenya’s first world indoor medal at 1500m since 2010.
Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF