EUGENE, Oregon -- 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold and silver medalists Christian Taylor and Will Claye took to the triple jump runway once again to put on a show for the Hayward Field faithful Saturday at the Nike Prefontaine Classic. The duo registered two of the greatest jumps in track & field history and led an impressive weekend that saw four Hayward Field and Nike Prefontaine Classic records broken.
On the first evening of action at the IAAF Diamond League in Eugene, many had expected the women’s 3000m steeplechase to prove another demonstration by world record-holder Ruth Jebet, but a new star emerged in the form of Kenya’s Celliphine Chespol. The 18-year-old came back from near-disaster at the penultimate water jump to win in 8:58.78, the second-fastest run of all time and a world U20 record*.
I remember it like it were yesterday. We were watching the 1984 Olympic marathon on our new color TV. Joan Samuelson took the lead just after three miles on the LA Marathon course. She was being followed, cautiously, by Grete Waitz, Ingrid Kristiansen and Rosa Mota. Surely the adventurous American, who had just had arthroscopic surgery less than two weeks before the Olympic marathon Trials, had used up all of her good luck.
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