EUGENE, Oregon -- With a field brimming with Olympians and an atmosphere where sellouts are a near-guarantee, the 41st Nike Prefontaine Classic is set for impressive performances and previews of the USATF Outdoor Championships and IAAF World Championships.
100 m field at Pre - EUGENE (USA): The 100 m field at Prefontaine Classic has three members of the US team which won the IAAF World Relays and clocked national record. Mike Rodgers, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey (the fourth Gatlin is in 200 m). Jamaica has Nesta Carter, Trinidad and Tobago Richard Thompson.
Canada’s world silver medallist Brianne Theisen Eaton will contest her first heptathlon of the year this weekend at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis.
But first she talks about the best things in her life.
The best piece of coaching advice
What has resonated with me is it is better to get to the line 80% in shape but 100% healthy rather than 100% in shape and 80% healthy. It always used to scare me to think I could go into an event in only 80% shape. Yet from experience it is so much harder to compete at your best when you have a nagging injury. As long as you are 100% healthy, a combination of the adrenaline and competition can compensate for your lack of fitness and you can achieve some amazing things.
BOULDER — Meskerem Assefa of Ethiopia used a surge just before the 5-mile mark of the Bolder Boulder 10K to pull away from Kenya's Risper Gesabwa and win the elite women's race.
Her teammates, Amane Gobena and Makida Abdela, finished second and fifth overall, leading the Ethiopians to a first-place team with eight points.
It is expected that every one of the 15,000 seats in Ostrava’s newly revamped Mestsky Stadium will be filled on Tuesday (26), largely due to the presence of one man: Usain Bolt.
The multiple world and Olympic medallist is no stranger to the Golden Spike meeting, having made six appearances at the IAAF World Challenge competition.
Kirani James for Rabat
RABAT (MAR): Top stars of the 8th edition of the Meeting International Mohammed VI in Rabat (IAAF World Challenge) on June 14 will be world stars like Kirani James from Grenada in the 400 m. Kenyan DL winner Silas Kiplagat (1500 m) and Jairus Birech (3000 m steeple). French Pascal Martinot-Lagarde is scheduled for 110 m hurdles, in high jump World and European Champion Bohdan Bondarenko. On the women side US Allyson Felix in her first top 400 m of the season and returning Kenyan World champion Vivian Cheruiyot in the 3000 m. Poland´s Adam Kszczot will have African opponents in the 800 m, South African Khotso Mokoena looks to be long jump favorite, best African javelin throwers Ihab Abdelrahman and Julius Yego will face some top European throwers. Men hammer as part of IAAF HT Challenge will have the top two in the World Krisztian Pars and Pawel Fajdek. In-shape Ukrainian Anna Mishchenko and Albanian record holder Luiza Gega will have some top opposition in women 1500 m, fresh DL winner Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou will be the star of women pole vault.
The IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, well-known as the Prefontaine Classic, has a history of producing fast 5000m races, including the only sub-13:00 times – five and counting – recorded on US soil and that number could rise at this year’s meeting on 30 May.
Two of America’s greatest runners are among the stars in the field, US record holders Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat.
Cedenio 44.36, Jobodwana 20.06 N
GEORGETOWN (CAY, May 16): Cayman Invitational registered top marks in men 200 m and 400 m races. Trinidad´s talent Michael Cedenio improved to excellent 44.36, what is 2nd best time in the World this year. He never run before under 45 seconds. Second Jamaican Javon Francis 45.54. In the 200 m South African Olympic finalist Anaso Jobodwana improved to national record 20.06 (0.0) and national record also for Anguila by Zharnel Hughes 20.15. Third Miguel Francis from Antigua also PB 20.31 and fourth another talent of the new generation Delano Williams 20.40. In the 100 m Jamaicans prevailed, Andrew Fisher 10.16 (+0.1) over Commonwealth Games gold medalist Kemar Bailey-Cole 10.22. In women sprints double for US Jeneba Tarmoh 11.16 (-0.1, beating Jamaican Natasha Morrison 11.22) and 22.75 (+0.4). The winner in 400 m hurdles Eric Cray clocked new national record for Philippines 49.12 over Ansert Whyte from Jamaica 49.20 third junior World champion Jaheel Hyde 50.30. In rest of the events US wins for Virginia Crawford 13.04 (+0.3) at 100 m hurdles and Shapri Romero 51.93 in the 400 m. Jamaican record holder Hansle Parchment topped the hurdles in 13.49 (+0.4) and Surinam talent and Youth Olympic Games winner Miguel Van Assen (17) triple jump 16.37 (0.0), new personal best. In the boys 400 m Jamaican talent Christopher Taylor (15) won in 46.08, his second best ever.
Vessey beats Simpson at 800 m
LOS ANGELES (USA, May 14): Hopes for world championships qualifying marks were washed away for many when Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic at Occidental College here had to be cut short due to heavy rains, dangerous lightning and chilly temperatures. Men and women 5000 m were not held due to that. On the men's side, USA indoor 600m record holder Cas Loxsom held off a hard-charging Matthew Centrowitz in the first section of 800 m to win in 1:46.23 to his rival's 1:46.55. Ryan Martin won the second heat in 1:46.37. In the women's two-lap race, the top two sections both played out dramatically. In the first section, reigning IAAF World Indoor champion Chanelle Price held the lead with 200 meters to go, but four-time USA 1500m champion Treniere Moser got around Price (second 2:01.99) on the outside in the homestretch to take the win in 2:01.67. In the second section, 2011 world 1500m champion Jenny Simpson chased 800m specialist Maggie Vessey down the homestretch, but couldn't quite catch her taller rival. Vessey clocked 2:00.70, the fastest time of the night, to Simpson's 2:00.79 (World champs A standards). In the women 1500 m the closest to Worlds standard was Katie Mackey who won the first section in 4:07.51, just holding off Gabe Grunewald in the final meters (4:07.67). Shannon Rowbury did a interesting double 2:03.46 and 4:13.62. Sally Kipyego was timed with 4:11.95 in the 1500 m, Emma Coburn 4:10.77 and Mary Cain 4:16.48. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano bolted away from the field with 250 meters to go, and went on to win in 3:38.96 the 1500 m ahead of two-time Olympian Andrew Wheating (3:39.56). In terms of producing world championships qualifying marks, the two steeplechase races did best. Stephanie Garcia ran away from the women's field to win in 9:37.19, well under the 9:44.00 World Championships "A" standard. In the men's steeplechase, Canada's Matt Hughes dominated the race, leading nearly every step to win in 8:25.54. He was pushed in the homestretch by compatriot Taylor Milne who finished second in 8:25.72. Travis Mahoney finished third 8:27.08. From RRW.
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