1. Prefontaine Classic next stop for Visa Championship Series
2. American athletes head to Rome
Prefontaine Classic next stop for Visa Championship Series
One of the more competitive events in the 14-meet series of the Samsung Diamond League, the Prefontaine Classic will mark the second stop of the Visa Championship Series Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The meet will be broadcast live Saturday from 3-4:30 p.m. (Eastern) on NBC.
Among others, the meet will play host to loaded fields in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, the men’s and women’s 400m and the men’s shot put.
Featuring the top five men in the world from 2011 according to Track and Field News, the men’s 110m hurdles is as deep of a field as you will find at the Prefontaine Classic.
The high hurdles will feature American record holder David Oliver, reigning World Outdoor champion Jason Richardson and current World Indoor champion Aries Merritt. They will be joined by 2004 Olympic gold medalist and world-leader Liu Xiang of China and 2008 Olympic gold medalist and current world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba. The athletes combine to hold five of the top six times in the world this year in the event. American Ashton Eaton, who owns the world record holder in the heptathlon, is also entered to compete.
The men’s 400m will feature the reigning world champion along with the past two Olympic gold medalists. At just 18 years old, Grenada’s Kirani James won the 2011 World Outdoor title and will attempt to take down reigning Olympic gold medalist and current world-leader LaShawn Merritt and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner. The race also features two-time Olympic 400m hurdles gold medalist Angelo Taylor and Paralympian Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius of South Africa, who also competed at the Prefontaine Classic in 2011.
Fresh off her World Indoor title in the 400m, Sanya Richards-Ross continues to search for her first individual Olympic gold medal. She will battle in Eugene with reigning World Outdoor champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana and current world-leader Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica.
There have been more throws over 70-feet in the men’s shot put at Hayward Field that any other facility in the world. Considering the field for Saturday, the chances are good for additional marks over 70-feet. Americans Christian Cantwell, Reese Hoffa and Ryan Whiting and Canada’s Dylan Armstrong have all broken the 70-foot mark already this season and are entered to compete.
The 2011 World Outdoor 100m and 200m silver medalist, Walter Dix will compete in both events in Eugene. He will be joined by reigning World Indoor 60m champion Justin Gatlin in the 100m and Wallace Spearmon, who owns the second fastest time in the world this year, in the 200m.
Reigning Diamond League 100m and 200m champion Carmelita Jeter will join three-time World Outdoor 200m gold medalist Allyson Felix in the 200m along with Americans Shalonda Solomon, Bianca Knight, LaShantea Moore and Jeneba Tarmoh.
The Bowerman Mile again fields a competitive group with Americans Bernard Lagat, owner of seven American indoor and outdoor records and two Olympic medals, Leo Manzano and Andrew Wheating all entered. They are joined by Kenyans Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat, who currently hold the top two times in the world this year in the 1,500m.
American 10,000m record holder Galen Rupp and Matt Tegenkamp take on a deep field in the men’s 5,000m, while reigning World Outdoor champion Christian Taylor and World Indoor champion Will Claye will battle Great Britain’s Phillip Idowu in the triple jump once again.
Jenn Suhr returns to the venue where she established the American outdoor record in the pole vault while Americans Brittney Reese and Janay DeLoach, who won gold and silver at the 2012 World Indoor Championships, respectively, will lead the field in the women’s long jump.
Complete entry lists for the Prefontaine Classic can be found by clicking here and more information on the meet can be found here.
American athletes head to Rome
A number of elite American athletes will travel across the Atlantic to compete in the Compeed Golden Gala Rome Diamond League meet Thursday for the third stop for the Samsung Diamond League.
The women’s 1500m includes a loaded field. Ranked #1 in the world in 2011 by Track & Field News, Morgan Uceny will try to hold on to her position as she competes against Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, who won the 2012 World Indoor title and ran a world-leading 3:57.77 in Shanghai last week.
All three medalist from the 2011 World Outdoor Championships have entered the field in the men’s high jump. Reigning world champion and Jesse Owens Award winner Jesse Williams will try to hold off Russia’s Aleksey Dmitrik and Trevor Barry of the Bahamas, who won World Outdoor silver and bronze medals in 2011, respectively.
The women’s 400m hurdles will showcase three medalists from last year’s World Championships. Ranked #3 in the world by Track & Field News in 2011, Lashinda Demus leads the field with a season best 52.47 and will face Jamaican Melaine Walker and Russian Natalya Antyukh.
In the women’s 100m, American Mikele Barber faces off against 2008 Olympic champion in Jamaica’s Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Americans make up more than half the field in the women’s 100m hurdles with World Outdoor silver medalist Danielle Carruthers leading the way. Other American athletes in the field will feature 2011 World bronze medalist Dawn Harper, 2011 USA Outdoor champion Kellie Wells, American indoor record holder Lolo Jones and Michelle Perry.
Other athletes to watch include: 2005 World Outdoor champion Bershawn Jackson in the 400m hurdles, Pan American silver medallist Jarred Rome in the discus and 2012 World Indoor bronze medallist Michelle Carter in the shot put.
The Samsung Diamond League includes 32 individual event disciplines with a points scoring ‘Diamond Race’ which runs throughout the 14-meet series. Winners of each Diamond Race will receive a diamond trophy and a cash prize.
The meet will be webcast live by Universal Sports Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. For webcast information visit: http://universalsports.com/category/track-field/. For updates on the Compeed Golden Gala Rome Diamond League meet continue to check www.diamondleague.com.
American entries in Rome
Women’s shot put: Michelle Carter
Women’s javelin: Kara Patterson
Men’s discus: Jarred Rome
Women’s 400m hurdles: T’erea Brown, Lashinda Demus
Men’s 400m hurdles: Bershawn Jackson
Men’s high jump: Jesse Williams
Men’s 3000m steeplechase: William Nelson
Women’s 1500m: Morgan Uceny
Women’s 100m: Mikele Barber
Women’s 100m hurdles: Danielle Carruthers, Dawn Harper, Lolo Jones, Michelle Perry, Kellie Wells