Here’s what to watch at the World Cup on Saturday.

Some of the biggest stars of the Tokyo Olympics will play at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday. Sifan Hassan, a dominant distance runner, is expected to return to global competition in the women’s 10,000m. And the Italian Olympic gold medalist Lamont Marcel Jacobs will face the trio of American sprinters who are going to run in the men’s 100 meters.

It’s a day that features the world’s best endurance athletes and some of the fastest. Hang in there, we’re just getting started.

Dutch Hasan won three medals in Tokyo. But there are questions about his fitness.

Hassan, 29, returned from a long hiatus to run the 5,000 meters in Portland, Ore., about a week ago at a small meet. He won in 15 minutes and 13.41 seconds, well off his personal best of 14:22.12, but said afterwards that he wanted to treat it as a practice race – which was understandable given it was his first race of the year.

“I rested a lot and it was very difficult for me to go again, to concentrate,” he told Dutch media recently, according to Reuters. “The Olympics was an important event. After that it was really hard to set new goals. I ran away from running. I had no motivation. But then I started to miss running.”

Can he rediscover his familiar form in time to repeat as world champion in the 10,000? Stay tuned. But you doubt it. In Tokyo, he won gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 and took bronze in the 1,500. It required 24,500 meters to be run in six races over nine days, including qualifying rounds that worked out to around 15.2 miles in blistering conditions.

Among those who will face Hassan on Saturday is Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey, who holds the world record for the event and won a bronze medal in Tokyo. Also keep an eye out for Kenya’s Helen Obiri, two-time world 5000m champion, and Britain’s Eilish McColgan, who could challenge for a place on the podium.

American men could win this event for the first time since 1991. Fred Curley and Trayvon Bromell have the two fastest times in the world this year, with Marvin Bressey’s 9.85 tied for third. Curley, a former 400 specialist, is the only person running 9.80 in 2022.

Christian Coleman, another American and reigning world champion, is back from suspension for a seat violation and will also be among the favorites to win this race, although his 2019 form is yet to play.

Then there’s Olympic 100m gold medalist Lamont Marcel Jacobs, who has battled injuries all season. Jacobs beat Coleman for the 60m world indoor crown and he traded Tweets On the excitement of racing in Oregon with Curley. Also, keep an eye on Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, the 2011 World Champion. He ran 9.85 seconds, his fastest time since 2012, to win Jamaica’s fifth title in late June.

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