WHO DAT? Konstanze Klosterhalfen
This girl is on fire! For the unaware, Konstanze is one of the hottest up and comers on the European middle distance circuit. She's 20 years old and is seemingly setting personal bests every time she steps on the track. Just take a look at some of her progressions over the last few years.
2014 (Age 17): 800m - 2:07.15, 1500m - 4:19.97
2015 (Age 18): 800m - 2:06.42, 1500m - 4:09.58
2016 (Age 19): 800m - 2:01.55, 1500m - 4:06.91, 5000m - 15:16.98
2017 (Age 20): 800m - 1:59.65, 1500m - 3:59.30, 5000m - 14:51.38
Absolutely ridiculous. Konstanze is running world class times from the 800 all the way up to the 5000 and she's getting faster at every distance every single year. Obviously this trend can't go on forever, but it's impressive nonetheless.
She's already earned a silver medal at the European Indoor Championships to Laura Muir this year, but hasn't yet found her way to a Diamond League win or a global outdoor medal. Sifan Hassan used a big kick to separate from Konstanze in the Rome Diamond League 1500 in June and if that's an accurate gauge Konstanze probably needs to develop one more gear to really compete for global medals.
Do we think she will? Absolutely. Do we think it will happen in 2017? Probably not. Sifan Hassan has proven to be too strong so far this year with the top 3 times in the world at 1500 and there are 3 more Kenyans right behind Hassan with faster finishes than Klosterhalfen. That includes 3:50 runner Genzebe Dibaba who is someone that can't ever be counted out.
Considering Konstanze barely squeaked into the 1500m semi-final in Rio last year, we think it would be a huge win for her to come away as a World Championship finalist when she heads to London later this summer. A top 5 finish would be incredible, and while a medal is certainly not impossible there are way too many fast 1500 women for us to pick Konstanze this year.
THE FAST TRACK PREDICTION:
Konstanze Klosterhalfen - 6th place in 1500m at 2017 World Championships