The world’s fastest track meet is only three days away, and there are several story lines trackies will want to keep an eye on, heading into the meet.

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Noah Lyles is coming off of a huge 200m run just days ago at the Lausanne Diamond League, where he broke Usain Bolt’s meet record and ran a huge personal best of 19.50. His time on Friday was the fastest 200m mark in nearly eight years. He’s set to race the 100m against fellow American Justin Gatlin, who’s got the fastest personal best in the field at 9.74.

In the men’s 800m, Canadian Brandon McBride is lining up against a stacked field and looking to build on his already very successful 2019 season. Thus far he’s run a 1:43.90, which is within striking distance of his 1:43.20 Canadian record. He’ll be racing Ferguson Rotich of Kenya and Nijel Amos of Botswana, which will certainly make for a fast race.

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The Brave Like Gabe mile is also hosting a very impressive group of women, including three-time Canadian record-holder Gabriela Debues-Stafford. She holds the Canadian indoor mile record and could possibly hold the outdoor record as well following Friday’s race. It’s currently held by Leah Pells at 4:23.28, set in 1996.

Finally, Canadian steeplechase record-holder Matt Hughes is opening his 2019 outdoor season a little later than most, with his first steeple of the season. Hughes has only run one race outdoors this season, and that was just over two months ago at the Payton Jordan, where he clocked a 3:43.98 1,500m.

As always, you can live stream the event for free from CBC Sports.

Schedule

Men’s 800m – 3 p.m. ET

Brave Like Gabe Mile – 3:20 p.m. ET

Men’s 100 – 3:35 p.m. ET

Men’s steeplechase – 3:45 p.m. ET

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