Double Olympic, world and European champion set to form part of field which includes a number of men who have gone sub-27 minutes
The last time Mo Farah ran 10,000m at the Prefontaine Classic he broke the European record with his time of 26:46.57. That was in 2011 and on Friday (May 29) the double Olympic world and European champion returns to Eugene to form part of a field which includes a number of other men who have also gone sub-27 minutes.
That list of athletes, also featuring the likes of world bronze medallist Paul Tanui and his fellow Kenyans Josphat Bett and Emmanuel Bett, doesn’t include world cross-country champion, Geoffrey Kamworor, either, with his PB of 27:06.35 also run at the 2011 Pre Classic.
The current 10,000m entry list can be found here.
The 10,000m forms part of Friday’s ‘Distance Night in Eugene’ ahead of Saturday’s Diamond League action.
This year’s event marks 40 years since the death of Steve Prefontaine and top line-ups have also been announced for the 5000m races.
Americans Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat are set to be joined by the likes of Ethiopia’s Ibrahim Jeilan, the 2011 world 10,000m champion, in the men’s race, while the women’s field includes Ethiopia’s world indoor record-holder Genzebe Dibaba.
On Saturday, Renaud Lavillenie is set to make his return in the pole vault after missing the Doha meeting through injury, while Mutaz Esssa Barshim is among those in the high jump.
Britons Shara Proctor and Lorraine Ugen compete in Friday’s long jump following their respective leaps of 6.95m and 6.92m in Doha and they will again go up against the world No.1 Tianna Bartoletta.
Over on the track, the women’s Diamond League 100m field is made up of athletes who all have sub-11 second PBs, including Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, Carmelita Jeter and Tori Bowie. The men’s 100m line-up includes Britain’s James Dasaolu, plus the likes of Tyson Gay, Mike Rodgers, Ryan Bailey and Kim Collins.
Olympic champion Allyson Felix, who clocked 21.98 over 200m in Doha, steps up to take on the 400m, while Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt again go head-to-head in the men’s event. Justin Gatlin makes his 200m season debut against a field including the likes of Alonso Edward and Nickel Ashmeade.
David Oliver, Orlando Ortega, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Sergey Shubenkov and Aries Merritt are set to feature in the 110m hurdles.
Among the 800m entries are Nijel Amos and Mohammed Aman in the men’s event and Eunice Sum and Britain’s Lynsey Sharp in the women’s. Her fellow Britons Hannah England and Laura Weightman are set to run the 1500m alongside the likes of Jenny Simpson and Sifan Hassan. The entry list for the Bowerman Mile includes Asbel Kiprop, Silas Kiplagat and Ayanleh Souleiman.
» The above entry information has been updated and is correct as of May 27. Entry lists and a timetable can be found here