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 Eugene.com.
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.
Women's Triple Jump
Women's 400 Meters
Women's 5000 Meters
|3||Margaret Wangari Muriuki||KEN||14:43.68|
Men's High Jump
|1||Mutaz Essa Barshim||QAT||2.40|
Women's 400 Meter Hurdles
Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase
|2||Paul Kipsiele Koech||KEN||8:05.86|
|3||Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad||FRA||8:06.60|
Women's 1500 Meters
|2||Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon||KEN||4:01.08|
|3||Nancy Jebet Langat||KEN||4:01.41|
Women's 100 Meters
Men's 100 Meters
Men's 400 Meters
Women's 800 Meters
Men's 110 Meter Hurdles
Men's 200 Meters
Men's 5000 Meters
|1||Edwin Cheruiyot Soi||KEN||13:04.75|
Men's 800 Meters
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
|1||Magut, James Kiplagat||KEN||3:55.24|
|3||Komen, Daniel Kichirchir||KEN||3:56.13|
|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)|
IAAF Diamond League Standings
|3||Da Silva, Mauro Vinicius||BRA||2|
*For a full list of finishers outside of the top three of each event, click each section’s subheadline.
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