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Kovacs posts world lead and Reese gets American lead at Nike Prefontaine Classic

EUGENE, Ore. -- A brisk Friday evening at the Nike Prefontaine Classic produced fiery field events as long jumper Brittney Reese and shot putter Joe Kovacs proved why they’re both world champions.
On what is traditionally known as “distance night” at Hayward Field, Alysia Montano was the top American finisher on the track with a victory in the women’s 800 meters.
Men’s shot put
Reigning Diamond league and world champion Joe Kovacs was the toast of the evening as he improved every throw throughout the competition. Each toss above 20 meters, culminating with a world-leading final effort of 22.13m/72-07.25 for the win. Reese Hoffa was third in his final appearance at the Prefontaine Classic with a best of 20.58m/67-6.25. 
Women’s Long Jump
Defending Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese wasted no time proving her dominance in long jump. She leaped an American-leading 6.92/22-8.5 on her first trip down the runway, clinching the first Prefontaine victory in her storied career. Olympic bronze medalist Janay Deloach was sixth with a jump of 6.59m/21-7.5; World outdoor champion Tianna Bartoletta was seventh with 6.48m/21-3.25.
USATF Women’s 800m
Alysia Montano led from wire to wire in the USATF High Performance women’s 800 meters as she came through 600m at 1:28.8 en route to a 2:00.78 finish. Last week’s Hoka One One 1,500m champion, Kate Grace, was second in 2:01.16 with Chrishuna Williams third in 2:01.69.
In the women’s 5,000m, whose pace was as brisk as the evening air, Molly Huddle was the top American finisher, placing 11th in 14:48.14. Hellen Obiri of Kenya won going away in 14:32.02.
Other winners included Pawel Fajdek of Poland in the men’s hammer with a throw of 80.28m/ 263-5 and Sandra Perkovic of Croatia in the women’s discus with a mark of 68.57m/225-0.
Mo Farah won the men’s 10,000m, the final event of the evening, in 26:53.71 as five runners finished under 27 minutes and eight men went under the world lead.
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Coverage resumes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC takes over at 5 p.m. and USATF.TV hosts the last leg of coverage with The Cool Down at 6 p.m. ET.
Saturday, May 28
12:15 PM Men’s Triple Jump Will Claye, Chris Carter, Christian Taylor, Omar Craddock, Marquis Dendy
12:18 PM Men's Pole Vault Sam Kendricks
12:30 PM NBCSN Broadcast Begins
12:33 PM Men's 110m Hurdles Jarret Eaton, Aries Merritt, David Oliver, Jeff Porter
12:53 PM Women's 100m TBD
1:03 PM 400m Hurdles Kerron Clement, Bershawn Jackson, Michael Tinsley
1:09 PM Women's High Jump Vashti Cunningham, Chaunte Lowe
1:12 PM 3,000m Women's Steeplechase Emma Coburn, Ashley Higginson, Shalaya Kipp, Leah O'Connor
1:26 PM Men's 800m Harun Abda, Boris Berian, Andrew Wheating
1:32 PM Men's Javelin Cyrus Hostetler
1:35 PM Men's 400m LaShawn Merritt
1:43 PM Men's 5000m Sam Chelanga, Paul Chelimo, Ryan Hill, Bernard Lagat, Hassan Mead, Ben True
2:04 PM Women's 200m Joanna Atkins, Tori Bowie, Kimberlyn Duncan, Candyce McGrone, Jenna Prandini, Kaylin Whitney
2:13 PM Men's 100m Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Mike Rodgers, Ameer Webb
2:22 PM Women's 1,500m Alexa Efraimson, Shelby Houlihan, Brenda Martinez, Treniere Moser, Chanelle Price, Shannon Rowbury, Jenny Simpson
2:33 PM Women's 100m Hurdles Nia Ali, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Kendra Harrison, Brianna Rollins, Jasmin Stowers
2:42 PM Women's 400m Natasha Hastings, Quanera Hayes, Francena McCorory, Sanya Richards-Ross, Ashley Spencer
2:51 PM Bowerman Men's Mile Ben Blankenship, Drew Hunter, Evan Jager
3:00 PM USATF.TV’s The Cool Down Begins

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