A look at some of the latest news from the world of athletics, including event updates for the Prefontaine Classic, Mt. SAC Relays and BAA 5k
Men’s hammer returns to Eugene after 11 years
The men’s hammer throw returns to the Prefontaine Classic after a hiatus of 11 years in what will be the event’s best collection of talent on US soil since the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
The field includes the reigning Olympic and World Championships gold medallists – world champion Pawel Fajdek, Olympic winner Krisztian Pars, world silver winner Dilshod Nazarov along with bronze winner Wojciech Nowicki. Also in the field is Mostafa Al-Gamal, Marcel Lomnicky and Kibwe Johnson. The event will be staged on Friday May 27.
Big Bash League-style athletics series for Australia
Athletics Australia is set to launch a new and innovative Big Bash League-style athletics series early next year, informs The Australian Financial Review.
The Nitro Summer Athletics League will be launched in February 2017 and will feature eight teams of up to 30 athletes competing in four events held over about a month across Australia. A multimillion-dollar budget is planned and will also include some top international athletes. The events will last no longer than two hours and will be held on Saturday evenings to attract broadcasters.
“We have not changed the fundamental product of the sport for 50 years. So this is about enhancing the opportunities for our athletes and packaging the event for a live and broadcast audience,” said Athletics Australia chief executive Phil Jones.
Felix for relay
This weekend’s 58th Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut will have some top names competing. Allyson Felix is scheduled for the 4x400m relay. Sprints will have Jena Prandini, Jasmine Todd and English Gardner along with Britain’s Jodie Williams.
In the 100m and 200m flat is set to be hurdles world champion Brianna Rollins. The 2011 world champion Carmelita Jeter is also listed for the 200m.
Jamaicans Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day are listed for the 400m along with Phylis Francis.
Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Janay De Loach are both down for two events – the 100m hurdles and long jump.
O’Hare for BAA Invitational Mile
Ben True and Molly Huddle will defend their BAA 5k titles on Saturday.
True will face 2013 and 2014 winner Dejen Gebremeskel.
European 1500m bronze medallist Chris O’Hare and world indoor 1500m silver medallist Dawit Seyaum will contest the Invitational Mile.
The IAAF has ratified the world under-20 indoor 1500m record of 4:01.81 run by Gudaf Tsegay in Glasgow on February 20 at the IAAF World Indoor Tour event.
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