INDIANAPOLIS - One of the most competitive stops of the Diamond League Series will get underway Friday night at the Nike Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The meet will be the fourth stop of the USATF Championship series.
The meet will be broadcast live on Saturday, June 1, on NBC Sports Network from 3:30-4:30 p.m., and live on NBC from 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET. Friday night’s distance events will be webcast at www.PreClassic.com
at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Friday night’s Diamond League events will include the women’s shot put, men’s long jump and women’s javelin. There are also a slew of star-studded distance events with a national men’s 1500m and women’s 800m along with a men’s international mile and 10,000m.
Top events to watch on Saturday include:
2008 Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt will face all three athletes from the London Olympic podium: gold medalist and current world leader Kirani James of Grenada, silver medalist Luguelin Santos of the Dominican and Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad. Other contenders include Kevin Borlee of Belgium, Chris Brown of the Bahamas and American Tony McQuay.
She may only be 17-years-old, but all eyes will be on Mary Cain as she runs her first 800m race of 2013. Cain has rewritten the record books with multiple American high school and junior records this year. Top entrants in the field include 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Yekaterina Poistogova of Russia, 2007 world champion Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya and 2012 Olympic fifth placer Alysia Montano of the U.S.
Women’s 400m Hurdles
Team USA’s Olympic trio of 2012 silver medalist Lashinda Demus, fifth place finisher Georganne Moline and sixth placer T’erea Brown will reunite to take on a deep and talented field. The Americans will go head-to-head with 2012 Olympic gold medalist Natalya Antyukh of Russia and bronze medalist and current world leader Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic.
Men’s Bowerman Mile
Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano will step to the line of the 1500m with Olympic gold medalist Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria and bronze medalist Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco. Other top contenders include 2011 world bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz, current world leader Asbel Kiprop and No. 2 Birgen Bethwell of Kenya.
Men’s High Jump
At the 2012 Olympic Games, five men stood on the podium as there was a three-way tie for third place. All five medalists will reunite in Eugene: gold medalist Ivan Ukhov of Russia, silver medalist Erik Kynard of the U.S., and bronze medalists Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, Derek Drouin of Canada and Robbie Grabarz of Great Britain. 2011 world champion Jesse Williams will have the support of his adopted hometown behind him as he competes in his first international meet of the outdoor season.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix will reunite with Tianna Bartoletta of the world record-setting 4x100m relay as they take on a field of top international sprinters. Two-time Olympic 100m champion and current world leader Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and London 100m bronze medalist Veronica Campbell Brown will lead a strong Jamaican contingent that also includes 2008 100m silver medalist Kerron Stewart.
For more information including live results and complete start lists for the Nike Prefontaine Classic, visit www.PreClassic.com