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Nike Prefontaine Classic Friday night performances set stage for Saturday

5/25/2018
 

EUGENE, Oregon -- Friday night’s light schedule had no shortage of exciting performances, setting up what is sure to be a spectacular Saturday afternoon at the 44th Nike Prefontaine Classic. Competition begins at Hayward Field at 12:40 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on NBC and NBC Sports Gold starting at 1:00 p.m. PT.


Reigning world champion Sam Kendricks kicked off the Prefontaine Classic with a clearance of 5.41m/17-9 on his first attempt and didn’t look back clearing 5.81m/19-0.75 for the men’s pole vault win in the evening’s first event. Kendricks missed his first two attempts at 5.71/18-8.75 then moved to 5.81m/19-0.75 clearing on the first attempt to secure the victory. High school phenom Armand Duplantis (SWE) was second after clearing 5.71/18-8.75 but missed three attempts when the bar moved to 5.81m/19-0.75.


World record holder and London Olympic gold medalist Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) timed out his third attempt at 5.71/18-8.75 after one aborted run up. The fantastic Frenchman finished fifth.


A blazing 53-second final lap gave 18-year-old Selemon Berenga of Ethiopia the win in the men’s 2-mile. Team USATF’s Paul Chelimo, Rio Olympic Games silver medalist in the 5,000m and reigning national champion ran a 55.50 last lap, crossing the line in 8:20.91 for second. Bahrain’s Birhanu Yemataw Balew was third in 8:21.54.


Team USATF’s Dani Jones ran a personal best 4:07.74 in winning the women’s 1500m as Alexa Efraimson was second in 4:08.70 and Cory McGee crossed the line in third in 4:09.09.


Jamaica’s Natoya Goule took the lead with 200 to go in the women’s 800 meters crossing in 2.00.84 with USA’s Stephanie Brown following in second at 2:01.84.


In the men’s 800 meters, Emmanuel Korir (KEN) ran a physical race and had a gentle interaction with Botswana’s Nigel Amos with about 200 meters to go. He edged Amos at the line, crossing in 1:45.16 for the win; Amos crossed in 1:45.51. American Eric Sowinski finished eighth at 1:46.91, running in spikes for the first time in a week after rolling his ankle in practice.


There was a German sweep in the evening’s only Diamond League event, the men’s javelin. Rio Olympic gold medalist Thomas Roller tossed a meet record 99.88 for the win, while compatriots Johannes Vetter and Andreas Hoffman were second and third, respectively.


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