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DIAMOND LEAGUE DISTANCE FIELDS RECORD-WORTHY - preclassic.com

Published by
ross   on Jun 23 2010, 11:12 PM

June 23, 2010

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DIAMOND LEAGUE DISTANCE FIELDS RECORD-WORTHY

    Eugene, Oregon—Of the two Diamond League distance races in the 36th annual Prefontaine Classic—the women’s Steeplechase and men’s 5000 Meters--one is certain to see a new record set, and that’s the newest addition to the international women’s program, the steeplechase.

    The event has never before been run in the Pre Classic, so a new meet record is a certainty. But this record will be no cream-puff, as the gold, silver and bronze medalists from last year’s Berlin World Championships will inaugurate the event in ten days at Hayward Field.
    Marta Dominguez of Spain , Yuliya Zarudneva of Russia and Milcah Chemnos of Kenya finished 1-2-3 a year ago, and they were ranked No. 1, 2, and 4 in the world by Track & Field News magazine. Joining them will be No. 8-ranked Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia and brand new NCAA Champion Bridget Franek of the U.S.   Besides the meet record, the best time ever recorded on U.S. soil, 9:25.54, is almost certain to be eclipsed, as the top 3 have all run under 9:10.
    The men’s 5000 holds similar record-setting potential. A sub-13:00 clocking has never been achieved in the U.S. ; this is the field that can finally do it.  Some of the fastest runners of 2010 are in the race, led by Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Mathew Kisorio, plus Ethiopians Imane Merga and Tariku Bekele. Their times this year: 12:51.21, 12:57.83, 12:53.81, and 12:53.97.  Add in Kenyan Edwin Soi, ranked No. 8 in the world by T&FN, and American stars Chris Solinsky and Matt Tegenkamp (both of whom are members of the sub-13:00 club), and no fewer than ten runners in the field have broken 13-minutes either last year or this.  The best time ever run on American soil?  13:02.90 by Micah Kogo of Kenya . The Prefontaine Classic and Hayward Field record is 13:07.83, set by Luke Kipkosgei in 1998.  Something’s got to give.
    The NIKE Prefontaine Classic will be shown live on NBC and to a world-wide television audience on Saturday, July 3rd. Tickets are still available from www.preclassic.com or from 1-800-WEBFOOT. To cope with demand, an additional 500 seats are being built this week at historic Hayward Field.

 

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