Day One’s only Heps participant — recent Princeton graduate Donn Cabral — will be running in the final heat of the morning session on Friday. His steeplechase heat, which will run at 8:30 am Eastern, includes Kenyan Ezekiel Kemboi, the 2004 Olympics champion as well as the 2009 and 2011 IAAF World champ.
Also in Cabral’s heat — which will advance four automatically to Sunday’s Olympic final — will be Ethiopian Roba Gari (8:06.16), Spain’s Victor Garcia (8:15.20) and Morrocco’s Hamid Ezzine (8:16.93). Those three, along with Kemboi (8:10.55), are the only ones with a better time in 2012 than Cabral’s American college record of 8:19.14.
Newly minted American record holder in the steeple — Evan Jager (8:06.81) — will run in the first of the three heats. Only Kenya’s Abel Kiprop Mutai (8:01.67) has run faster among the first heat’s combatants.