Asbel Kiprop, Matthew Centrowitz and Britain’s Charlie Grice among those set to compete at Prefontaine Classic
Top mile field
After his historic win in Rio, Matthew Centrowitz will return to Hayward Field to battle the world’s best in the Prefontaine Classic’s most famous race, the Bowerman Mile.
The IAAF Diamond League meet will be held on May 27. The Pre Classic has secured every available top miler in the world, including the man who has the most Pre Classic wins and another who has the fastest time ever achieved outside of Europe.
Three others with major medals have PBs under 3:50, a time no American has achieved in the last 10 years.
The top name is Asbel Kiprop, with Elijah Manangoi, Clayton Murphy, Ben Blankenship, Nick Willis and Abdelaati Iguider also among the entries. They will be joined by Silas Kiplagat, Ayanleh Souleiman, Ryan Gregson, Filip Ingebrigtsen and Britain’s Charlie Grice.
Barshim set for Shanghai
Qatari high jump world leader Mutaz Essa Barshim, who cleared 2.36m in Doha, will face further top names on Saturday in Shanghai for the second meeting in the IAAF Diamond League series.
Olympic champion Derek Drouin is added to the field, as is European indoor champion Sylwester Bednarek from Poland and top local jumpers Zhang Guowei and Wang Yu.
Britain’s Doha runner-up, Robbie Grabarz, is also among the entries.
Barshim is the meet record-holder with 2.38m from 2015.
Röhler has busy schedule
Javelin sensation Thomas Röhler now has a full competition programme. The German, who threw 93.90m in Doha, will throw on Saturday at a special javelin meet in Offenburg organised by another German thrower Johannes Vetter. Then he flies to Kawasaki for the IAAF World Challenge meet in Japan on May 22.
His next meet will be the Golden Gala of Rome, and then his home meet in Jena on June 11 followed by two competitions in Finland and then the Turku Paavo Nurmi Games on June 13 and Kuortane on June 17.
He will meet world record-holder Jan Zelezny on June 28 in Czech Republic at the IAAF World Challenge Ostrava Golden Spike.
Vetter for Gotzis
European champion Anouk Vetter from the Netherlands is confirmed for the Gotzis Hypo Meeting on May 27-28, informs organisers.
Vetter is joined by team-mates Nadine Broersen and Nadine Visser, while Eelco Sintnicolaas and Pieter Braun have been added to the decathlon line-up along with Belgium’s Niels Pittomvils and Norway’s Martin Roe.
Aiyabei 2:21:57 course record
Kenya’s Valary Aiyabei led three athletes under the previous course record in the Volkswagen Prague Marathon in 2:21:57 on Sunday. Aiyabei was on pace for a sub-2:17 clocking through halfway in 68:23 but the Kenyan tired markedly in the last 10km and was nearly reeled in by Ethiopia’s Amane Beriso (2:22:15) who was more than two minutes adrift of the Kenyan at the 30km checkpoint.
“I started fast and wasn’t able to keep my pace up throughout, but even so I’m really pleased with the result and the event record,” said the winner.
There was an Ethiopian clean sweep in the men’s race with Gebretsadik Abraham (2:08:47) winning ahead of Bazu Worku (2:08:48) and Mekuant Ayenew (2:09:00).
Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi was in contention for a podium finish until he fell after the 30km mark but he was still sixth in 2:10:13 for his 22nd sub-2:12 marathon.
Top Czech finishers were Petr Pechek (2:21:22) in 15th and Petra Pastorova (2:46:34) in 14th, both national champions. Report with help from organisers.
William Yegon led a Kenyan clean sweep of the Geneva Marathon in 2:10:31 ahead of Eliud Magut (2:11:37) and Duncan Maiyo (2:14:04).
Ethiopia’s Megersa Motu won the women’s race in 2:40:46 from Kenyans Ruth Wanjiru (2:41:09) and Jane Kiptoo (2:41:15).
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