Prefontaine Classic 2013 Results: Daily Updates and Standings

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIJune 1, 2013

Jun 1, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Aretha Thurmond places sixth in the womens discus at 185-4 (56.50m) in the 2012 Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
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Named after legendary track and field star Steve Prefontaine, the Prefontaine Classic is one of the most respected and popular American track meets.

The 39th annual edition began on Friday with Nike providing sponsorship for the 30th consecutive year. The meet is held at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, OR and massive crowds of over 12,000 fans have made it one of the largest attended track and field events in the country, per Diamond League

Here are the results of the events with the most recent day of action appearing first:

UPDATE: Saturday, June. 1, at 6:51 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique

Saturday's action featured several prominent athletes from around the world. American sprinter Justin Gatlin shined in the 100 meters and Great Britain's Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah took silver in the 5000 meters.

Here are the results.

Pole Vault

1Renaud LavillenieFRA5.95
2Bjorn OttoGER5.90
3Raphael HolzdeppeGER5.84

Women's Triple Jump

1Caterine IbarguenCOL14.93
2Olha SaladukhaUKR14.85
3Kimberly WilliamsJAM14.78

Women's 400 Meters

1Amantle MontshoBOT50.01
2Francena McCororyUSA50.37
3Novolene Williams-MillsJAM51.14

Women's 5000 Meters

1Tirunesh DibabaETH14:42.01
2Mercy CheronoKEN14:42.51
3Margaret Wangari MuriukiKEN14:43.68

Men's High Jump

1Mutaz Essa BarshimQAT2.40
2Erik KynardUSA2.36
3Derek DrouinCAN2.36

Women's 400 Meter Hurdles

1Zuzana HejnovaCZE53.70
2Georganne MolineUSA54.75
3Kaliese SpencerJAM55.03

Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase

1Conseslus KiprutoKEN8:03.59
2Paul Kipsiele KoechKEN8:05.86
3Mahiedine Mekhissi BenabbadFRA8:06.60

Women's 1500 Meters

1Hellen ObiriKEN3:58.58
2Faith Chepngetich KipyegonKEN4:01.08
3Nancy Jebet LangatKEN4:01.41

Women's 100 Meters

1Shelley-Ann Fraser-PryceJAM10.71
2Blessing OkagbareNGR10.75
3Veronica Campbell-BrownJAM10.78

Men's Discus

1Robert HartingGER69.75
2Piotr MalachowskiPOL68.19
3Ehsan HadadiIRI65.63

Men's 100 Meters

1Justin GatlinUSA9.88
2Michael RodgersUSA9.94
3Ryan BaileyUSA10.00

Men's 400 Meters

1Lashawn MerrittUSA44.32
2Kirani JamesGRN44.39
3Tony McQuayUSA45.31

Women's 800 Meters

1Francine NiyonsabaBDI1:56.72
2Brenda MartinezUSA1:58.18
3Janeth JepkosgeiKEN1:58.71

Men's 110 Meter Hurdles

1Hansle ParchmentJAM13.05
2Orlando OrtegaCUB13.08
3David OliverUSA13.10

Men's 200 Meters

1Nickel AshmeadeJAM20.14
2Walter DixUSA20.16
3Jason YoungJAM20.20

Men's 5000 Meters

1Edwin Cheruiyot Soi KEN13:04.75
2Mo FarahGBR13:05.88
3Yenew AlamirewETH13:06.45

Men's 800 Meters

1Mohammed AmanETH1:44.42
2Timothy KitumKEN1:45.16
3Nick SymmondsUSA1:45.40

Bowerman Mile

1Silas KiplagatKEN3:49.48
2Asbel KipropKEN3:49.53
3Aman WoteETH3:49.88

---End of Update---

Ethiopian runner Kenenisa Bekele captured the men's 10,000-meter victory with the year's best performance on "Distance Night" of the 2013 Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

A beautiful night in Oregon and top track and field competitors drew quite a crowd for the first night of the 39th annual edition of the meet. With over 12,000 in attendance, it was standing room only as it has been during the past 15 years in Eugene.

Greg Skipper, a hammer thrower at the University of Oregon, tweeted a picture that captured the full crowd on hand for the event:

Before the action started, the crowd and participants broke out in a “Go Pre!” chant. The crowd and athletes were honoring Steve Prefontaine, an American long-distance runner who tragically died at the age of 24.

Now that we have a good feel for Friday night’s atmosphere, let’s get into the results.

Men's 10,000 Meters 

The men’s 10,000-meter race was the final event but definitely the highlight of the night. The competition was labeled as having a “world-class” field that consisted of six Ethiopians, five Kenyans, one Italian and one Frenchman.

London Olympics gold medalist (10,000 and 5,000 meters) Mo Farah did not participate in the race, but he will compete in Saturday’s 5,000-meter running.

Things were pretty quiet during the first half of the endurance-challenging race. Things changed down the stretch as they always do.

With about 1,600 meters left, 12 runners were in a deadlock when Kenyan Bitan Karoki broke ahead and distanced himself from that pack. Only eight members of that group were able to keep up to maintain pace with the leader.

He set the tone but ultimately wasn't able to keep that pace.

Bekele was among those eight leaders. He eventually surpassed Karoki before the start of the final lap and held on to the top spot despite a fierce challenge by Ethiopian Imane Merga. Bekele’s finish was the fastest time in the world this year but fell short of his previous world record.

Karoki fell back and out of the top three, barely, at the finish line.

Place Athlete Country Time (Min:Sec)
1 Bekele, Kenenisa ETH 27:12.08
2 Merga, Imane ETH 27:12.37
3 Kuma, Abera ETH 27:13.10

Men’s National 1,500 Meters

Earlier, the running action got started with an exciting finish in the men’s national 1,500-meter race.

American Garrett Heath broke out to a huge lead and held on during a final-stretch push by Kenyan Jonathan Kiplimo and American Jordan McNamara during the last 100 meters.

Pre Classic Media captured a shot of the race winner following the action:

Place Athlete Country Time (Min:Sec)
1 Heath, Garrett USA 3:38.54
2 Kiplimo, Jonathan KEN 3:38.61
3 McNamara, Jordan USA 3:38.95

Women’s National 800 Meters

Next up was the women’s national 800-meter race. Things were close throughout the shorter race, but Shanelle Price moved to the front after the first half of the action. She couldn’t hold on, though, as Phoebe Wright broke through during the final stretch to capture a strong win.

Place Athlete Country Time (Min:Sec)
1 Wright, Phoebe USA 2:00.85
2 Bishop, Melissa CAN 2:01.16
3 Wilson, Ajee USA 2:01.24

Men’s International Mile

The men’s international mile, Friday night’s penultimate event, came up next.

Kenyan Daniel Komen built a sizable early lead until he lost his lead during the final 200 meters to finish in third place. Henrik Ingebrigtsen was the first to pass the leader during the final 20 meters, but he fell to second place as Kenyan James Magut surged into the lead to cross the finish line first.

Place Athlete Country Time (Min:Sec)
1 Magut, James Kiplagat KEN 3:55.24
2 Ingebrigtsen, Henrik NOR 3:55.50
3 Komen, Daniel Kichirchir KEN 3:56.13

Other Results

Women’s Hammer Throw

Place Athlete Country Distance (Meters)
1 Heidler, Betty GER 75.21
2 Wlodarczyk, Anita POL 74.73
3 Lysenko, Tatyana RUS 72.62

Women’s Shot Put

Place Athlete Country Distance (Meters)
1 Adams, Valerie NZL 20.15
2 Gong, Lijiao CHN 20.12
3 Carter, Michelle USA 19.65

Men’s Long Jump

Place Athlete Country Distance (Meters)
1 Menkov, Aleksandr RUS 8.3 (+1.7)
2 Da Silva, Mauro Vinicius BRA 8.22 (+2.2)
3 Rutherford, Greg GBR 8.22 (+1.6)

Women’s Javelin Throw

Place Athlete Country Distance (Meters)


Obergfoll, Christina GER 67.7
2 Mickle, Kimberley AUS 63.8
3 Viljoen, Sunette RSA 63.00

IAAF Diamond League Standings

Women’s Shot Put

Rank Athlete Country Points
1 Adams, Valerie NZL 4
1 Schwanitz, Christina GER 4
3 Gong, Lijiao CHN 4
4 Carter, Michelle USA 2

Men’s Long Jump

Rank Athlete Country Points
1 Menkov, Aleksandr RUS 6
2 Li, Jinzhe CHN 4
3 Da Silva, Mauro Vinicius BRA 2
3 Rutherford, Greg GBR 2

Women’s Javelin Throw

Rank Athlete Country Points
1 Obergfoll, Christina GER 8
2 Mickle, Kimberley AUS 3
3 Abakumova, Mariya RUS 2
4 Viljoen, Sunette RSA 1

*For a full list of finishers outside of the top three of each event, click each section’s subheadline.

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