The Untouchables

As the countdown to Athens begins, can these front-runners stay on track in Paris?

Updated: August 20, 2003, 1:44 PM ET
By By Dave Kuehls | ESPN The Magazine
Top-ranked ... undefeated ... defending champs: they're all lining up for the world track and field championships, Aug. 23-31. But with Eiffel Tower-size X's on their backs and rivals nipping at their heels, how many of them will leave with their reps intact?