Track and Field

Another American Record Drops on Day Two of Nike Prefontaine Classic

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Another American record fell on the second day of the Nike Prefontaine Classic, as a sell-out crowd of 13,158 witnessed another phenomenal day of track & field at historic Hayward Field.

Shannon Rowburyset a new American record in the women’s 2-mile, finishing fourth in 9:20.25. Rowbury executed an impressive final 100 meters, holding on to break the previous record of 9:21.35, set by Amy Rudolph back in 1998.

In arguably one of the biggest surprises of the day, Tori Bowie won the women’s 200 meters in a new lifetime best and world-leading 22.18. Three-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix was third in 22.44.

Leo Manzanocontinued his winning ways with another strong performance, taking the men’s International Mile crown in a then-world lead of 3:52.41. His time would be surpassed by Ayanleh Souleiman in the Bowerman Mile, finishing in a world-leading and meet record 3:47.32.

Galen Rupp breaks men’s 10k American record on Nike Pre Classic Distance Night

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Galen Rupp broke the American record in the men’s 10,000 meters on Friday evening at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, crossing in 26:44.36. Rupp bided his time until the final two laps, moving in the front of the pack and getting the Hayward Field crowd on its feet. TrackTown was electric, as Rupp took his victory lap to a crowd of 7,500, the best crowd for “Distance Night” in the history of the Nike Prefontaine Classic. Rupp broke his own previous record of 26:48.00, set in 2011.

Chanelle Pricecontinued her winning ways, capturing the USATF High Performance women’s 800 meters in 2:00.38. Price executed her trademark racing style, staying out in front from the get-go. Maggie Vessey and the rest of the pack closed in the final 40 meters, but Price was able to hold them off for the win.

Records fall to Rupp and Perkovic in Eugene – IAAF Diamond League

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With almost everyone's eyes fixated on the clock on Friday (30) on the eve of the main competition programme for the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Galen Rupp remained focused on competing, unmoved by time.

That is until the final two laps.

With 800 meters remaining and sensing the fatigue in his competition, the 28-year-old Olympic silver medallist lowered the boom, clicking off two impressive final quarters to win the men's 10,000m in 26:44.36, shattering his US record and drawing roaring approval from the Hayward Field crowd on the opening night of competition at the 40th edition of the Prefontaine Classic.

Rupp's time bettered his mark of 26:48.00 from Brussels in 2011 and stands as the second-fastest time ever run on US soil. Only world record-holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia has ever run faster here, clocking his all-comers record of 26:25.97 here in 2008.

40th Nike Prefontaine Classic promises to be a showstopper

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EUGENE, Ore. -- The 40th Nike Prefontaine Classic boasts an impressive field in 24 events, with over 50 U.S. athletes slated to compete at historic Hayward Field, May 30-31.
 
USATF.tv will air Friday evening’s events live beginning at 11:15 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Network will air Saturday’s events from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET before NBC picks up the telecast from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.
 
17 of the weekend’s events comprise the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, while additional events feature two sections of the USATF High Performance women’s 800 meters, as well as the international men’s 800 meters and the wildly popular men’s 10,000 meters, in which Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp looks to challenge his own U.S. record of 26:48.00 in the 10,000m.
 
Men’s shot put closes Friday’s field events and should do so in style, as 2013 world indoor champion, Ryan Whiting, goes up against Germany’s two-time world champion, two-time Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski of Poland, 2007 world champion Reese Hoffa and 2008 Olympic champion and 2009 world champion Christian Cantwell.

My excellent adventure: The World Relays, my take on this great concept

Written by Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.

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The World Relays are a success in the first year. This is a no-brainer. But, kind reader, why should the sport embrace this type of event? How do we grow the sport back into the splendor of old with the view from a changed world? Here are some modest suggestions! 

It is Monday morning, and the clouds are out. The World Relays are over and I feel like I have been three Keith Richards binge. What I mean by that, is even thought I no longer consume alcohol, the long hours, the busy days and nights catch up. So, after one more column today, I am shutting down the computer for a bit, going to the beach and reading poorly translated Chinese science fiction with a political twist. 

The World Relays to me, were a great success. Here is why: