EUGENE, Ore.. — The Prefontaine Traditional marked its return to Eugene, Oregon on Friday with a four-race preview beneath the lights at Hayward Subject.
Saturday comes the primary occasion.
There are 15 occasions on the schedule and 2020 Olympic medalists on each begin checklist.
It’s a heck of a approach to mark the Pre Traditional’s return after a three-year absence because of the Hayward Subject rework in 2019 and a COVID-19 cancelation in 2020.
“You have a look at the fields and you’ve got all these medalists from Tokyo and a few fairly large names and that’s thrilling,” stated meet director Tom Jordan, who oversees the one World Athletics Diamond League meet within the U.S.
Right here some storylines to observe Saturday:
Mu moved into prime time
The ladies’s 800-meters was initially scheduled to be held Friday, however with a discipline that features American star Athing Mu and all three medalists from Tokyo, the race was moved into NBC’s broadcast window Saturday afternoon.
Mu is certainly must-see TV. The 19-year-old from New Jersey gained gold three weeks in the past when she ran an American-record 1:55.21. That got here on the heels of her win in the course of the U.S. Olympic Monitor & Subject Trials and her NCAA 400 title as a freshman at Texas A&M, each of which had been gained in June at Hayward Subject.
Mu might be up towards former Oregon star Raevyn Rogers, who gained Olympic bronze in a PR 1:56.81, Nice Britain silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson, who ran 1:55.88 in Tokyo to set the nationwide report, and Ajeé Wilson, who beforehand held the American report of 1:55.61 that Mu broke.
Bowerman Mile is loaded
The Pre Traditional’s signature occasion is at all times the ultimate race of the meet and there’s no cause to assume this yr’s model gained’t be worthy of the grand finale.
Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen gained gold in what was the quickest 1,500-meter ultimate in Olympic historical past as he ran 3:28.32 to beat Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot (3:29.01).
Each are entered and Cheruiyot has gained the final two Bowerman Miles.
“It feels nice to be again right here and compete once more,” Cheruiyot stated Friday on the Pre Traditional press convention. “I win twice right here, so I really feel good.”
These two plus 4 different Olympic finalists are entered — fourth-place finisher Abel Kipsang of Kenya; Australia’s Oliver Hoare and Stewart McSweyn; and Nice Britain’s Jake Heyward, who trains with Eugene’s Oregon Monitor Membership Elite.
Nevertheless, the opposite large headliner is Matthew Centrowitz. The previous Oregon star and 2016 Olympic champ didn’t make the ultimate in Tokyo however is recent and ran a PR 3:49.26 mile within the lead-up to the Olympics
“Though Tokyo wasn’t the end result I used to be in search of, it does not change the truth that I am comparatively match sufficient to come back out and have one other PR (Saturday),” Centrowitz stated. “That is sort of the primary aim.”
Richardson again on the monitor
A recreational-drug suspension saved Sha’Carri Richardson out of the Olympics and again house within the U.S.
Richardson is now able to resume her season in type by taking on all three Jamaican Olympic 100-meter medalists.
Richardson won the Olympic Trials 100 however failed a drug take a look at for marijuana quickly after and was suspended for a month, maintaining her out of Tokyo.
Saturday when she races for the primary time since then she’ll be going through a discipline that features three-time 2020 gold medalist champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, who won the 100 — in an Olympic report 10.61 — 200 and 4×100 relay.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was the silver medalist in 10.63 and Shericka Jackson took bronze in 10.76.
Richardson’s PR is 10.72. She’ll be joined within the discipline by Individuals Teahna Daniels and Javianne Oliver.
“It is gonna be a tremendous race tomorrow,” Richardson stated Friday throughout a press convention with the three Jamaicans. “Two of the ladies sitting listed below are two of the quickest ladies to ever run this race earlier than. … I am wanting to run towards them and produce the very best out of them and hope they convey the very best out of me.”
Richardson can also be entered within the 200 the place she’ll sq. off towards Olympic bronze medalist Gabby Thomas and Olympic semifinalist Jenna Prandini, in addition to Allyson Felix, who won bronze in the 400 and gold in the 4×400 relay. Prandini and Thomas additionally gained silver on the 4×100 with Oliver and Daniels.
Marie-Josée Ta Lou of Côte d’Ivorie and Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland are additionally entered in each dash occasions.
Crouser returns to world-record ring
The Pre Traditional males’s shot put has historically been probably the most entertaining occasions of the meet.
Count on no totally different Saturday.
Two-time Olympic champion, world-record holder and Oregonian Ryan Crouser returns to the venue the place he produced the very best throw of all-time simply two months in the past.
In June, Crouser won the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Subject with a mark of 76 toes 8¼ inches to interrupt a 31-year-old world report. He went on to win gold in Tokyo, breaking his own Olympic record with a mark of 76-5¼.
“I really feel like I am in fairly good condition,” Crouser stated. “I like how coaching’s been going and anytime you step out right into a facility like that with the vitality that might be on the meet (Saturday) might be a chance for an enormous throw.”
The opposite two Tokyo medalists — American Joe Kovacs (silver) and New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh (bronze) — are additionally entered. These three additionally had been the medalists in 2016 in Rio as effectively.
Crouser brings a 20-meet win streak into the Pre Traditional. They final time he did not land on the high of a podium was on the 2019 World Out of doors Championships when Kovacs gained on his ultimate throw, bumping Crouser to silver.
Olympic champ Kipyegon highlights ladies’s 1,500
The good Religion Kipyegon of Kenya is making the lengthy journey to tackle a discipline that appears similar to the ultimate in Tokyo when she gained her second straight gold medal and set the Olympic report at 3:53.11.
Nice Britain’s Laura Muir, who gained silver in that race in a nationwide report 3:54.50, will get one other shot at taking down Kipyegon.
Additionally entered is former Duck star Jessica Hull and her Australian teammate Linden Corridor. These two completed eleventh and sixth, respectively in Tokyo. Hull set the Australian report together with her time of three:58.81 within the Olympic semifinal. Canadian Gabriela DeBues-Stafford was fifth within the ultimate, and Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo was seventh.
Norman (100) and Benjamin (200) in off occasions
There are a few intriguing entries within the males’s dash races.
The 100 consists of American silver medalist Fred Kerley and bronze medalist (and 200 gold medalist) Andre de Grasse of Canada. Additionally entered are Individuals Ronnie Baker, a finalist in Tokyo; Justin Gatlin and former Duck Cravon Gillespie.
The shock is the addition of American 400-meter specialist Michael Norman, the U.S. champion and fifth-place finisher in Tokyo.
No much less of a shock is American 400 hurdles silver medalist Rai Benjamin entered within the 200.
Benjamin set the American report together with his second-place end in 46.17. It was a time that was additionally higher than the earlier world report, which was damaged by gold medalist Karsten Warholm of Norway in 45.94.
Saturday, Benjamin will race towards American medalists Kenny Bednarek (silver) and Noah Lyles (bronze), amongst others.
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