Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen proved that he is still the man to beat in the 1500 meters this year, as he easily handled a strong field to win the Bowerman Mile for the second year in a row. After 700 meters, Ingebrigtsen took the lead and ran the 800 meters in 1:53.9.
Most of the field was in contention at the bell after a 58.4 third lap, with the exception of high schooler Colin Sahlman, who was a few meters off the back of the pack, but that wouldn’t last long as Ingebrigtsen started to stretch things out on the first bend. He had a margin of eight meters by the backstretch and would race uncontested the rest of the way to win in 3:49.76.
Finished at 3:50.65.
Second place was up for grabs, with Timothy Cheruiyot, Abel Kipsang, and Cole Hocker (who had moved up from tenth at the bell) all in contention. However, none of them would place second, as Wanamaker Mile champion Ollie Hoare of the On Athletics Club, who was only 5th with 100 meters to go, ran all three of them down to finish in 3:50.65.
In his DL debut, Hocker finished 5th in 3:50.97, beating out his training partner Cooper Teare for the first time in five efforts in the 1500/mile distance (Teare was 6th in 3:51.70).
Sahlman, a senior, ran out in the rear like Alan Webb and finished slightly under the high school record speed of 800 meters (1:56.4). He faded a little in the second half, but still ran a fantastic race, passing US 800 champion Clayton Murphy at the finish line to finish 13th in 3:56.24, the third-fastest mile ever run by a US high schooler. In a preview to the world championships, the Pre Classic offers a slew of gold medalists; TV, and streaming schedules.
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Starting with this weekend’s Prefontaine Classic, the world’s top annual track and field competition, Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, will be the home of track and field this season.
On Saturday, the Diamond League tournament will be broadcast live on NBC Sports, with CNBC from 4-4:30 p.m. ET and NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. ET, as well as on NBCSports.com/live, the NBC Sports app, and Peacock.
There are 15 Olympic gold medalists in this year’s field, all of whom are hoping to return to Hayward later this summer for the USATF Outdoor Championships in June and/or the first global championships to be hosted in the United States in July.
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On Friday, USATF.TV will broadcast the U.S. Championships in the men’s and women’s 10,000m, with world championships berths on the line. Then there are world-record attempts in the women’s two-mile and 5000m, as well as the men’s 5000m.
Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica, who won gold in the 100m and 200m at the previous two Olympics and recorded the second-fastest 100m in history at last year’s Pre Classic, five hundredths off Florence Griffith-world Joyner’s record, is one of the main attractions.
Thompson-Herah will face a 100m field that includes Sha’Carri Richardson, who won the US Olympic Trials before being banned for testing positive for marijuana and missing the Tokyo Olympics.
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In the men’s pole vault (Swede Mondo Duplantis) and shot put, world records are also on the line (American Ryan Crouser).
The winners of a number of events, notably the women’s 100m hurdles and 3000m steeplechase, will almost certainly be favorites to win the world championships. The Pre-Classic entry lists may be seen below. The following is the event schedule (all timings are in Eastern):
- Men’s Pole Vault at 10 p.m.
- 10:05 — High Jump for Women
- Women’s 10,000m at 10:30 a.m. (U.S. Championships)
- Men’s 10,000m at 11:15 a.m. (U.S. Championships)
- Women’s Discus at 11:46 a.m.
- Women’s 2 Mile — 11:55
- Women’s 5000m at 12:12 a.m.
- 12:35 — 5000m men’s
- Men’s 1500m at 3:29 p.m.
- 3:33 — Long Jump for Women
- 3:41 — T63 — Women’s Para 100m
- 3:49 — T62 Men’s Para 400m
- Men’s 400m Hurdles, 4:04
- 4:10 — 5000m men’s
- Women’s 100m — 4:33
- Women’s 100m Hurdles, 4:43
- 1500m women’s time: 4:49
- Men’s 400m (5th)
- Men’s Shot Put (5:04)
- Women’s 800m — 5:06
- Women’s 3000m Steeplechase, 5:14
- Women’s 200m — 5:33
- Men’s Mile — 5:39
- Men’s 100m — 5:52
The following are eight events to keep an eye on (data courtesy of Tilastopaja.org and World Athletics):
Recap of The Prefontaine Classic for Men and Women:
Friday, 10 p.m. ET, Men’s Pole Vault.
Mondo Duplantis‘ world record is in jeopardy every time he competes. Since the beginning of 2020, he has broken the overall record four times (all indoors), as well as Sergey Bubka’s outdoor record.
Duplantis might face competition from fellow Olympic medalists Renaud Lavillenie of France and Chris Nilsen of the United States at Pre.
Men’s 10,000m — 11:15 p.m. ET on Friday.
If they have a standard of 27:28, the top three qualify for the global championships in July. Olympians Grant Fisher (fifth in Tokyo), Woody Kincaid (15th), and Joe Klecker are among the top five from last year’s U.S. Olympic Trials (16th). Lopez Lomong, a two-time Olympian, and veteran Ben True, a two-time world championships runner who had placed fourth, fifth, and sixth in Olympic Trials events, are also in the competition.
Women’s 100m — 4:33 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Thompson-Herah has run 10.89, 10.93, and 10.94 this season, so attempting to break Flo-world Jo’s record of 10.49 may be too much to expect this early in the season. The best opportunity may be at the World Championships in July.
Despite the fact that her main competition, countrywoman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is competing in the 200m, she will still be a favorite.
Richardson has a top time of 11.14 and is rated 57th in the world during the previous nine months. She raced for the first time since September last Saturday. Thompson-Herah, as well as British Dina Asher-Smith and Jamaican Shericka Jackson, will be up against her.
Women’s 100m Hurdles — 4:43 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico is an Olympic champion. Nia Ali (in her first Diamond League after her World victory in 2019 and the birth of her kid in 2021) and Danielle Williams of Jamaica.
Keni Harrison is a world record holder. Camacho-Quinn had a DNF and a runner-up finish in her previous two events after being unbeaten in 2021 with the exception of one DQ.
Saturday, 5:04 P.M. Et, Men’s Shot Put.
All three Olympic medalists are headed by two-time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Ryan Crouser of the United States. Crouser set the world record in the Olympic Trials in Eugene last year.
For the first time since 2019, he was beaten in the global indoor championships in March. Brazilian Darlan Romani, the guy who beat him, was in the Pre field but withdrew.
Saturday, 5:14 p.m. ET, Women’s 3000m Steeplechase.
Three of the top five female athletes in history. Plus, Peru Chemutai of Uganda, set a new national record by 6.89 seconds on her way to a surprising Olympic victory. Emma Coburn, the 2017 World champion,
competes in her first steeple since the Olympic final, when she tumbled over a barrier on the last lap while out of contention, finished 14th, and was subsequently disqualified for stepping off the course during the fall. Courtney Frerichs, the Olympic silver medallist who set a new American record at Pre last year, is also competing in her first steeple since the summer.
Saturday, 5:39 p.m. ET, Men’s Mile.
The defending Olympic and world champions are both on the field (Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway) (and Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya). Kenyan Abel Kipsang, who finished fourth in the Olympics and won the first two Diamond League 1500m races this season,
is the world’s fastest man this year. The 2016 Olympic champion, Matthew Centrowitz, was on the field for his 2022 debut but withdrew due to a knee injury. Centrowitz’s representative said on Tuesday that he wants to return soon.
Saturday, 5:52 P.M. Et, Men’s 100m.
Marcell Jacobs, the surprise Olympic gold medallist, had to withdraw due to injury. Christian Coleman is still competing in his largest race since winning the World championship in 2019,
after which he was barred from competing in the Olympics owing to a drug-testing ban. Jacobs was replaced in the field by Trayvon Bromell, the world’s fastest man last year. Also competing is Erriyon Knighton, an 18-year-old 200-meter wonder who might be the first high schooler to break the ten-second barrier.