Prefontaine Classic

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Prefontaine Classic
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Date June
Location Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Event type Track and field
Established 1973; 45 years ago (1973)
1975 as Prefontaine Classic
Official site Diamond League Eugene
HaywardField is located in the US
HaywardField
Hayward
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Location in the United States

The Prefontaine Classic, an Oregon Track Club event, is one of the premier track and field meets in the United States, held in Eugene, Oregon. Every year it draws a world caliber field to compete at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. Previously one of the IAAF Grand Prix events, it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League.

History[edit]

Started in 1973 as the "Hayward Field Restoration Meet,"[1] it was launched to help replace the deteriorated wooden west grandstand.[2][3][4][5] It became the "Bowerman Classic" for 1975 to honor longtime University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman, and was scheduled for June 7,[6] with the unexpected death of UO distance runner and Olympian Steve Prefontaine in an automobile accident on May 30, the Oregon Track Club changed the name, with Bowerman's approval, on June 1;[7][8] the first "Pre Classic" was held six days later.[9] Nike has been the primary sponsor since 1978.

World records[edit]

Over the course of its history, four world records have been set at the Prefontaine Classic.

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality Ref
2011 30 km (track) 1:26:47.4 Moses Mosop  Kenya [10][11]
2011 25 km (track) 1:12:25.4+ Moses Mosop  Kenya [10][12]
1982 5,000 m 15:08.26 Mary Decker Slaney  United States
1975 220 yard dash 19.92 Don Quarrie  Jamaica

Notable performances and records[edit]

Alan Webb's high school record[edit]

At the 2001 Prefontaine Classic Alan Webb ran 3:53.43 in the mile and broke Jim Ryun's national high school record that had stood for 36 years. This, also, was the fastest mile by an American in three years.

Maria Mutola in the 800 m[edit]

Maria de Lurdes Mutola won 16 consecutive (1993-2008) women's 800 m races at the Pre Classic.

Meet records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 9.80 (+1.3 m/s) Steve Mullings  Jamaica June 4, 2011 [13][14] [1]
200 m 19.68 (+0.9 m/s) Justin Gatlin  United States May 30, 2015 [15]
400 m 43.92 Michael Johnson  United States June 24, 2000
800 m 1:43.63 Nijel Amos  Botswana May 31, 2014 [16] [2]
1000 m 2:13.62 Abubaker Kaki Khamis  Sudan July 3, 2010
1500 m 3:32.81+ a Daniel Kipchirchir Komen  Kenya June 10, 2007
Mile 3:47.32 DLR Ayanleh Souleiman  Djibouti May 31, 2014 [17] [3]
3000 m 7:35.44+ b Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya June 4, 2005
Two miles 8:03.50 Craig Mottram  Australia June 10, 2007
5000 m 12:56.98 Mo Farah  Great Britain June 2, 2012 [18] [4]
10000 m 26:25.97 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia June 8, 2008
25000 m (track) 1:12:25.4+ Moses Mosop  Kenya June 3, 2011 [10][12] [5]
30000 m (track) 1:26:47.4 Moses Mosop  Kenya June 3, 2011 [10][12] [6]
110 m hurdles 12.90 (+1.6 m/s) David Oliver  United States July 3, 2010
400 m hurdles 47.91 Bershawn Jackson  United States June 4, 2005
3000 m steeplechase 8:01.71 Ezekiel Kemboi  Kenya May 30, 2015 [15]
High jump 2.41 m Mutaz Essa Barshim  Qatar May 30, 2015 [15]
Pole vault 6.05 m DLR Renaud Lavillenie  France May 30, 2015 [15]
Long jump 8.74 m (-1.2 m/s) Dwight Phillips  United States June 7, 2009
Triple jump 18.11 m (+0.8 m/s) DLR Christian Taylor  United States May 27, 2017 [19]
Shot put 22.53 m Ryan Crouser  United States May 26, 2018 [20]
Discus throw 71.32 m Ben Plucknett  United States 1983
Hammer throw 82.65 m Koji Murofushi  Japan June 19, 2004
Javelin throw 89.88 m Thomas Röhler  Germany May 25, 2018 [21]

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 10.70 (+2.0 m/s) DLR Carmelita Jeter  United States June 4, 2011 [22][14] [7]
200 m 21.77 (+1.5 m/s) Tori Bowie  United States May 27, 2017 [23]
400 m 49.34 Ana Guevara  Mexico May 24, 2003
800 m 1:55.92 Caster Semenya  South Africa May 26, 2018 [24]
1000 m 2:32.33 Maria de Lurdes Mutola  Mozambique 1995
1500 m 3:56.41 Faith Kipyegon  Kenya May 28, 2016 [25]
Mile 4:21.25 Mary Slaney  United States 1988
2000 m 5:31.52 Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya June 7, 2009
3000 m 8:34.47 Mariem Alaoui Selsouli  Morocco June 2, 2012 [26] [8]
Two miles 9:13.27 Mercy Cherono  Kenya May 31, 2014 [27]
5000 m 14:19.76 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia May 30, 2015 [15]
10000 m 30:24.39 DLR Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia June 1, 2012 [28] [9]
100 m hurdles 12.24 (+0.7 m/s) Kendra Harrison  United States May 28, 2016 [25]
400 m hurdles 53.03 Lashinda Demus  United States July 3, 2010
3000 m steeplechase 8:58.78 Celliphine Chepteek Chespol  Kenya May 26, 2017 [29]
High jump 2.03 m Mariya Lasitskene  Russia May 27, 2017 [30]
Pole vault 4.85 m Eliza McCartney  New Zealand 26 May 2018 [31]
Jenn Suhr  United States 26 May 2018 [32]
Long jump 7.31 m Marion Jones  United States May 31, 1998
Triple jump 15.04 m (+1.7 m/s) Yekaterina Koneva  Russia May 30, 2015 [15]
Shot put 20.59 m Nadezhda Ostapchuk  Belarus June 4, 2011 [33][14] [10]
Discus throw 69.32 m Sandra Perković  Croatia May 30, 2014 [34] [11]
Hammer throw 75.98 m DLR Tatyana Lysenko  Russia July 3, 2010
Javelin throw 67.70 m Christina Obergföll  Germany May 31, 2013 [35]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conrad, John (June 21, 1973). "Wottle (3:53.3) still king of the milers". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1B. 
  2. ^ Newnham, Blaine (August 10, 1973). "Still short of the goal". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1D. 
  3. ^ Withers, Bud (June 9, 1974). "Wohlhuter keeps his word: 1:44.1". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1C. 
  4. ^ Bellamy, Ron (May 25, 1999). "Silver Pre". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1B. 
  5. ^ Kayfes, Dave (May 29, 1978). "Ins and outs". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1B. 
  6. ^ Newnham, Blaine (April 25, 1975). "A great season". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1D. 
  7. ^ "Moore: I knew he was happy". Eugene-Register Guard. June 4, 1975. p. 1D. 
  8. ^ Newnham, Blaine (June 4, 1975). "The Pre Classic". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1D. 
  9. ^ Moore, Kenny (June 8, 1975). "Pre's peers pay tribute". Eugene Register-Guard. (New York Times). p. 2B. 
  10. ^ a b c d Dave Martin (June 4, 2011). "Mosop rips apart World records for 25,000 and 30,000m in Eugene - Samsung Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "30000 Metres Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. June 3, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c "30000 Metres Results with 25000m Intermediate Time" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. June 3, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "100 Metres Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. June 4, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c Dave Martin (June 5, 2011). "Oliver and Jeter shine on a day when world leading marks dominate in Eugene - Samsung Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f "Prefontaine Classic 2015 Complete Results" (PDF). eugene.diamondleague.com. May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  16. ^ "800m Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. May 31, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Bowerman Mile Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. May 31, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ "5000 Metres Results". IAAF. June 2, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Triple Jump Results". IAAF. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "Shot Put Results". flashresults.com. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Javelin Throw Results". flashresults.com. May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018. 
  22. ^ "100 Metres Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. June 4, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  23. ^ "200m Results". IAAF. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  24. ^ "800m Results". flashresults.com. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018. 
  25. ^ a b "Prefontaine Classic 2016 Results". tilastopaja.org. May 28, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  26. ^ "3000 Metres Results". IAAF. June 2, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Two Miles Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. May 31, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  28. ^ Paul Gains (June 2, 2012). "Dibaba 30:24.39 and Kiprop 27:01.98 on stunning but wet first night in Eugene - Samsung Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  29. ^ Cathal Dennehy (27 May 2017). "Chespol stuns with world U20 record in Eugene – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  30. ^ "High Jump Results". IAAF. May 27, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Pole Vault Results". flashresults.com. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  32. ^ "Pole Vault Results". flashresults.com. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  33. ^ "Shot Put Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. June 4, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Discus Throw Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. May 30, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 31, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Javelin Throw Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. May 31, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013. [permanent dead link]

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