EUGENE - The Nike Prefontaine Classic continued today in front of a packed house at Hayward Field. The fierce competition resulted in 10 world-leading times in the first of two Samsung Diamond League events held in the U.S and the first individual Visa Championship Series event.
Oliver overcomes Xiang
David Oliver, whose 18 match undefeated streak was snapped last month by China’s Liu Xiang, won the Nike men’s 110m hurdles in a world-leading time of 12.94. Xiang who ran a season-best mark of 13.00, finished second. The United States’ Aries Merritt (13.18) posted a season-best time to finish in third place followed by Ashton Eaton’s personal-best time of 13.35.
Jeter stays on top
The reigning Diamond League champion, Carmelita Jeter ran a world-leading time of 10.70 to best the field in the Visa women’s 100m. Marshevet Myers followed with a personal-best mark of 10.86. Reigning Olympic and World Champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price of Jamaica finished fourth in 10.95.
Dix reigns supreme
2010 Diamond League champion Walter Dix sprinted his way to a top finish in the BMW men’s 200m in 20.19. He was followed by Jaysuma Ndure (20.26) of Norway and Churandy Martina (20.39) of the Netherlands, who both produced season-best times.
Taylor tops talented field
Angelo Taylor ran a season-best time of 45.16 to secure the victory in the men’s 400m followed by Jeremy Wariner who ran a 45.43. Fellow-Americans, David Neville (45.70) finished in fourth place, Bershawn Jackson (45.91) in fifth and Josh Scott (46.16) in seventh.
Demus records world-leading time
USA’s Lashinda Demus ran a world-leading time of 53.31 to take the top-finish in the women’s 400m hurdles. Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer (53.45) and Melaine Walker (53.46) followed. Walker entered the competition as the world-leader, while Demus and Spencer finished 2010 in the number one and two spots in the world.
Gregson takes international mile
Australia’s Ryan Gregson finished the international mile in a world-leading time of 3:53.86 followed by the United States’ David Torrence, who ran a personal-best time of 3:54.01. Ben Blankenship placed a close third with a 3:54.10, while American Kyle Miller finished in fifth-place with a personal-best time of 3:55.38.
Kenya doubles up
In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi finished in 8:08.34 to edge fellow countryman Paul Koech who finished in 8:10.13. Entering today’s competition, Koech, ranked number one in the world by Track & Field News, owned the second fastest time in the world (8:02.42). The USA’s Dan Huling led the Americans with a fifth-place finish in 8:25.95.
Khamis leads world in men’s 800m
Abubaker Kaki Khamis of Sudan scorched the track in a world-leading time of 1:43.68, posting a meet record in the process. Khadevis Robinson who recently won the Rome Diamond League event, led the U.S. line up in 1:45.40 to finish second. Andrew Wheating (1:45.95) finished in fifth, Tyler Mulder (1:46.39) in seventh and Nick Symmonds (1:46.78) in eighth place.
Burka knocks off world leader
Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka ran a 4:04.63 in the women’s 1500m to finish first while current world leader Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain finished second in 4:05.44. The United States’ Morgan Uceny ran a season-best time of 4:06.32 to finish third.
Lagat takes 2 mile victory; Lukas claims national high school record
American Bernard Lagat added another Prefontaine victory to his resume as he ran 8:13.62 to win the Nike Men’s 2 mile, while Edwin Soi (8:14.10) and Isaiah Koech (8:14.16) of Kenya finished in second and third. American Lukas Verzbicas smashed the national high school record, to the delight of the Hayward faithful, finishing in 8:29.46.
Mullings leads the world in the Men’s 100m
Jamaica’s Steve Mullings sprinted his way to a top finish in the men’s 100m in a world-leading time of 9.80. The United States’ Michael Rodgers ran a personal best 9.85 to take second place. Darvis Patton finished in fourth with a season-best time of 9.94.
New world leader in women’s 800m
Jamaica’s Kenia Sinclair finished the women’s 800m in a world-leading time of 1:58.29, while South Africa’s Caster Semenya ran a season best 1:58.88 to finish second. The United States’ Alysia Montano placed fourth in 1:59.40.
Botswana tops American-heavy field
In the Visa women’s 400m, Amantle Montsho of Botswana captured the top finish in 50.59. American Debbie Dunn ran to second place in 51.37 followed by Allyson Felix (51.41), who finished third, Sanya Richards-Ross (51.78) grabbed fourth and Natasha Hastings (51.85) who placed fifth.
Kenya Sweeps Bowerman Mile
Haron Keitany of Kenya ran a world leading 3:49.09 to claim the Bowerman Mile title. Fellow country-men Silas Kiplagat (3:49.39) and Asbel Kiprop (3:49.55) placed second and third. The top American finish came from Russell Brown who ran a personal-best time of 3:51.45, finishing ninth.
Rogowska takes first in pole vault
In the women’s pole vault, Poland’s Anna Rogowska took the top spot with a mark of 4.68m/15' 4¼" followed by Svetlana Feofanova of Russia (4.58m/15' 0¼"). Fabiana Murer of Brazil, who finished the 2010 campaign ranked number one in the world, finished in third (4.48m/14' 8¼"). American Lacy Janson finished fourth ( 4.38m/14' 4½").
Rutherford claims long jump
Great Britain’s Greg Rutherford jumped to a top finish of 8.32m/27' 3¾" in the Visa men’s long jump followed by South Africa’s Godfrey Khots’ season-best mark of 8.31m/27' 3¼". Ashton Eaton was the top American finisher in sixth place (7.93m/26' 0¼").
Obergfoll finishes on top in women’s javelin
Ostapchuk takes world lead in shot put
In the women’s javelin, Germany’s Christina Obergfoll threw a season best of 65.48m/214’ 10” followed by Russia’s Mariya Abakumova who finished with a 65.30m/214' 3". Kara Patterson finished in sixth for the U.S. with a 58.39m/191' 7".
Spank leaps to victory
Germany’s Raul Spank bested Russia’s Andrey Silnov and American Jesse Williams on misses leaping to a season-best mark of 2.32m/7' 7¼".
Reece Hoffa tops men’s shot put
American Reece Hoffa secured the top spot in the shot put with a 21.65m/71' 0½", despite a deep field that included the top seven men in the world. Dylan Armstrong of Canada finished second with a 21.60m/ 70’10½", while Christian Cantwell recorded a season best 21.59m/70’10”.
Records set in women’s triple jump
Ukraine’s Olha Saladuki posted a world-leading mark and meet record with a jump of 14.98m/49'1¾". Top U.S. jumper Blessing Ufod, had a personal-best mark of 14.06m/46' 1½", while Russia’s Anna Pyatykh finished with a season-best mark of 13.98m/45' 10½".
Harting takes top finish in discus
Germany’s Robert Harting, who entered the discus as the favorite, grabbed first place with a mark of 68. 40m/224' 5", while Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania threw a season best 67.19m/220' 5" which was good enough for second. The top American finish came from Jason Young who finished in fifth place with a season-best mark of 63.20m/207' 4".
Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus recorded a world-leading mark of 20.59m/67' 6¾", while Jillian Camarena-Williams’ personal best toss of 19.76m/64' 10"was good for a second-place finish.
In the race for the Visa Championship Series title, David Oliver moved into the top position on the men’s side with 1253 points and Carmelita Jeter sprinted to the top position on the women’s side with 1243 points. For more information on the Visa Championship Series and the race for the Visa Champion title, visit www.visachampionshipseries.com.