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Prefontaine Classic

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.

Prefontaine Classic
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DateJune
LocationHayward Field
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Event typeTrack and field
IAAF Cat.GW[1]
Established1973; 46 years ago (1973)
1975 as Prefontaine Classic
Official siteDiamond League Eugene
Hayward Field is located in the United States
Hayward Field
Hayward
Field
Location in the United States

HistoryEdit

The first Prefontaine Classic was held in 1975. The meet had its genesis with the Hayward Restoration Meets of 1973-74. The Hayward Restoration meets were launched to help replace the deteriorated wooden West Grandstands at Hayward Field. It was to become the "Bowerman Classic" in 1975 to honor longtime University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman, and was scheduled for June 7.[2] With the unexpected death of University of Oregon 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;[3][4] the first "Pre Classic" was held six days later.[5] Nike has been the primary sponsor since 1978. The 2019 edition moved to Stanford’s Cobb Track and Angell Field, Palo Alto, California because of restoration of Hayward Field in anticipation of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in 2021.[6]


World recordsEdit

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 [7][8]
2011 25 km (track) 1:12:25.4+ Moses Mosop   Kenya [7][9]
1982 5,000 m 15:08.26 Mary Decker Slaney   United States
1975 220 yard dash 19.92 Don Quarrie   Jamaica

Notable performances and recordsEdit

Alan Webb's high school recordEdit

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 mEdit

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

Meet recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 9.80 (+1.3 m/s) Steve Mullings   Jamaica June 4, 2011 [10][11] [1]
200 m 19.68 (+0.9 m/s) Justin Gatlin   United States May 30, 2015 [12]
400 m 43.92 Michael Johnson   United States June 24, 2000
800 m 1:43.63 Nijel Amos   Botswana May 31, 2014 [13] [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 [14] [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 [15] [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 [7][9] [5]
30000 m (track) 1:26:47.4 Moses Mosop   Kenya June 3, 2011 [7][9] [6]
110 m hurdles 12.90 (+1.6 m/s) David Oliver   United States July 3, 2010
400 m hurdles 47.16 Rai Benjamin   United States June 30, 2019 [16]
3000 m steeplechase 8:01.71 Ezekiel Kemboi   Kenya May 30, 2015 [12]
High jump 2.41 m Mutaz Essa Barshim   Qatar May 30, 2015 [12]
Pole vault 6.05 m DLR Renaud Lavillenie   France May 30, 2015 [12]
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 [17]
Shot put 22.61 m DLR Darlan Romani   Brazil June 30, 2019 [18]
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 [19]

WomenEdit

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
100 m 10.70 (+2.0 m/s) DLR Carmelita Jeter   United States June 4, 2011 [20][11] [7]
200 m 21.77 (+1.5 m/s) DLR Tori Bowie   United States May 27, 2017 [21]
400 m 49.34 Ana Guevara   Mexico May 24, 2003
800 m 1:55.70 Caster Semenya   South Africa June 30, 2019 [22]
1000 m 2:32.33 Maria de Lurdes Mutola   Mozambique 1995
1500 m 3:56.41 Faith Kipyegon   Kenya May 28, 2016 [23]
Mile 4:21.25 Mary Slaney   United States 1988
2000 m 5:31.52 Vivian Cheruiyot   Kenya June 7, 2009
3000 m 8:18.49 Sifan Hassan   Netherlands June 30, 2019 [24]
Two miles 9:13.27 Mercy Cherono   Kenya May 31, 2014 [25]
5000 m 14:19.76 Genzebe Dibaba   Ethiopia May 30, 2015 [12]
10000 m 30:24.39 DLR Tirunesh Dibaba   Ethiopia June 1, 2012 [26] [8]
100 m hurdles 12.24 (+0.7 m/s) Kendra Harrison   United States May 28, 2016 [23]
400 m hurdles 53.03 Lashinda Demus   United States July 3, 2010
3000 m steeplechase 8:55.58 Beatrice Chepkoech   Kenya June 30, 2019 [27]
High jump 2.04 m Mariya Lasitskene   Russia June 30, 2019 [28]
Pole vault 4.85 m Eliza McCartney   New Zealand 26 May 2018 [29]
Jenn Suhr   United States 26 May 2018 [29]
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 [12]
Shot put 20.59 m Nadezhda Ostapchuk   Belarus June 4, 2011 [30][11] [9]
Discus throw 69.32 m Sandra Perković   Croatia May 30, 2014 [31] [10]
Hammer throw 75.98 m DLR Tatyana Lysenko   Russia July 3, 2010
Javelin throw 67.70 m Christina Obergföll   Germany May 31, 2013 [32]

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IAAF World Ranking Calendar". IAAF. 2019.
  2. ^ Newnham, Blaine (April 25, 1975). "A great season". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1D.
  3. ^ "Moore: I knew he was happy". Eugene-Register Guard. June 4, 1975. p. 1D.
  4. ^ Newnham, Blaine (June 4, 1975). "The Pre Classic". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1D.
  5. ^ Moore, Kenny (June 8, 1975). "Pre's peers pay tribute". Eugene Register-Guard. (New York Times). p. 2B.
  6. ^ Brian Russell (June 28, 2019). "Quality clashes at every turn in Stanford – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "30000 Metres Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. June 3, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "100 Metres Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. June 4, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Prefontaine Classic 2015 Complete Results" (PDF). eugene.diamondleague.com. May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  13. ^ "800m Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. May 31, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  14. ^ "Bowerman Mile Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. May 31, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  15. ^ "5000 Metres Results". IAAF. June 2, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
  16. ^ Brian Russell (July 1, 2019). "Hassan takes historic 3000m victory in Stanford – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  17. ^ "Triple Jump Results". IAAF. May 27, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  18. ^ Brian Russell (July 1, 2019). "Romani takes surprise shot put win in Stanford – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "Javelin Throw Results". flashresults.com. May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  20. ^ "100 Metres Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. June 4, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  21. ^ "200m Results". IAAF. May 27, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  22. ^ Brian Russell (July 1, 2019). "Hassan takes historic 3000m victory in Stanford – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  23. ^ a b "Prefontaine Classic 2016 Results". tilastopaja.org. May 28, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  24. ^ Brian Russell (July 1, 2019). "Hassan takes historic 3000m victory in Stanford – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  25. ^ "Two Miles Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. May 31, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ "3000m Steeplechase Results" (PDF). flashresults.com. June 30, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  28. ^ "High Jump Results". flashresults.com. June 30, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  29. ^ a b "Pole Vault Results". flashresults.com. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  30. ^ "Shot Put Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. June 4, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  31. ^ "Discus Throw Results" (PDF). www.diamondleague-eugene.com. May 30, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 31, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  32. ^ "Javelin Throw Results" (PDF). Samsung Diamond League. Omega Timing. May 31, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013.[permanent dead link]

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