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July 4, 2010
Prefontaine Classic takes first rank

With its best ever edition the Prefontaine Classic took first position in the current All-Athletics.com Competition Ranking in the 'Invitational/One-day competitions' category.

The Eugene meeting's Competition Score is 92586 is by far the best in its history.

All the top-6 positions are taken by Diamond League meetings. Oslo is now the second, followed by Rome, Doha, New York and Shanghai.

The best meeting which does not belong to the Samsung Diamond League series is still Ostrava Golden Spike, which is currently in seventh position.

So far 190 meetings have met the ranking requirements in 2010 in this category and the number is permanently growing.

Record-setting day at the Prefontaine Classic

It was such a 

record-setting day at the Prefontaine Classic

  

   

  
 

that not even meet director Tom Jordan could keep up with the memorable marks.

“How many were there?” Jordan wondered Saturday afternoon. “I don’t know. It was incredible.”

For the record, here’s a summary of the records in the 36th Prefontaine Classic track and field meet, witnessed by a standing-room crowd of 12,834 at Hayward Field, the meet’s 15th straight sellout:

One American record, as David Oliver ran 12.90 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to match the U.S. mark set by Dominique Arnold in 2006.

Three American all-comers records, meaning the best performances ever on U.S. soil, those coming in the men’s 1,000 meters, men’s 5,000 meters and women’s hammer.

Thirteen Prefontaine Classic records, including the Pre Classic debut of the women’s steeplechase and, in fact, 13 Hayward Field records — in 19 events.

Along the way, one venerable University of Oregon record was smashed, as Andrew Wheating ran 3:51.74 in the mile to better the school record of 3:53.00 by Joaquim Cruz in 1984. Meanwhile, Phoebe Wright of Tennessee, who finished fourth in the women’s 800 meters, ran 1:58.22 to break the NCAA record of 1:58.33 by Oregon’s Claudette Groenendaal in 1985.

“I think the fans who came today witnessed certainly the best one-day track meet ever held at Hayward Field, and possibly the greatest we’ll have for who-knows how many years,” Jordan said. “Goodness, almost every event was a meet and field record.”

Jordan offered several reasons for the number of records. The meet is a month later than its traditional time of early June, thanks to the ongoing World Cup soccer tournament, which European meet directors didn’t want to schedule against. That meant fitter athletes, better weather and, fortunately, the absence of wind over the allowable limit for record purposes in sprint races.

Jordan said the meet’s affiliation with the new Diamond League contributed to the depth of the fields. “If this is the result of the Diamond League, then obviously we’re thrilled with it,” Jordan said.

It all added up to a day that could be long remembered as something special.

“It felt like being at a European meet, at a BIG European meet,” said E. Garry Hill, editor of Track & Field News. “The Eugene crowd has always had the European feel, but the depth and breadth of the performances, and the look on the athletes’ faces. ... I just saw happiness everywhere I looked.”

A list of the records, by event:

Men’s 110-meter hurdles: David Oliver, 12.90 seconds. American record; matches Dominique Arnold, USA, 12.90, 2006. Hayward record and Pre Classic record; previous record Liu Xiang, China, 13.06, 2005.

Men’s 1,000 meters: Abubaker Kaki, Sudan, 2:13.62. American all-comers, Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Joaquim Cruz, Oregon, 2:14.54, 1984.

Men’s 5,000 meters: Tariku Bekele, Ethiopia, 12:58.93. American all-comers record; previous record Micah Kogo, Kenya, 13:02.90, 2009. Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Luke Kipkosgei, Kenya, 13:07.83, 1998.

Men’s 200 meters: Walter Dix, USA, 19.72. Hayward record; previous record Walter Dix, USA, and Shawn Crawford, USA, 19.86, 2008. Pre Classic record; previous record Wallace Spearmon, USA, 20.14, 2008.

Men’s shot put: Christian Cantwell, USA, 73-6 ¼. Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Kevin Toth, USA, 72-9 3/4, 2002.

Women’s hammer throw: Tatyana Lysenko, Russia, 249-3. American all-comers record, Hayward record, Pre Classic record; previous record Betty Heidler, Germany, 242-6, 2008.

Women’s 800 meters: Mariya Savinova, Russia, 1:57.56. Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Maria Mutola, Mozambique, 1:57.57, 1997.

Women’s 5,000 meters: Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia, 14:34.07. Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Mesaret Defar, Ethiopia, 14:38.73, 2008.

Women’s triple jump: Nadezhada Alekhina, Russia, 47-11 3/4. Hayward record; previous record Shani Marks, USA, 47-2 ¼, 2008. Pre Classic record; previous record Anastasiya Zhuravlyeva, 44-9.

Women’s 400-meter hurdles: Lashinda Demus, USA, 53.03. Hayward record; previous record Demus, 53.78, 2009. Pre Classic record; previous record Melaine Walker, Jamaica, 54.14, 2007.

Women’s 100 meters: Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaica, 10.78 seconds. Matches Hayward record; previous record Torri Edwards, USA, 10.78, 2008. Pre Classic record; previous record Torri Edwards, USA, 10.94, 2008.

Women’s javelin: Kara Patterson, USA, 216-2. Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Barbora Spotakova, Czech Republic, 213-11, 2009.

Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase: Milcah Chemos Cheiywa, Kenya, 9:26.70. Hayward and Pre Classic (debut) record; previous Hayward Field record Anna Willard, United States, 9:27.59, 2008.





Pre Classic: ‘Happiness everywhere’ as records fall

BY RON BELLAMY

The Register-Guard

Appeared in print: SundayJul 4, 2010

It was such a record-setting day at the Prefontaine Classic that not even meet director Tom Jordan could keep up with the memorable marks.

“How many were there?” Jordan wondered Saturday afternoon. “I don’t know. It was incredible.”

For the record, here’s a summary of the records in the 36th Prefontaine Classic track and field meet, witnessed by a standing-room crowd of 12,834 at Hayward Field, the meet’s 15th straight sellout:

One American record, as David Oliver ran 12.90 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to match the U.S. mark set by Dominique Arnold in 2006.

Three American all-comers records, meaning the best performances ever on U.S. soil, those coming in the men’s 1,000 meters, men’s 5,000 meters and women’s hammer.

Thirteen Prefontaine Classic records, including the Pre Classic debut of the women’s steeplechase and, in fact, 13 Hayward Field records — in 19 events.

Along the way, one venerable University of Oregon record was smashed, as Andrew Wheating ran 3:51.74 in the mile to better the school record of 3:53.00 by Joaquim Cruz in 1984. Meanwhile, Phoebe Wright of Tennessee, who finished fourth in the women’s 800 meters, ran 1:58.22 to break the NCAA record of 1:58.33 by Oregon’s Claudette Groenendaal in 1985.

“I think the fans who came today witnessed certainly the best one-day track meet ever held at Hayward Field, and possibly the greatest we’ll have for who-knows how many years,” Jordan said. “Goodness, almost every event was a meet and field record.”

Jordan offered several reasons for the number of records. The meet is a month later than its traditional time of early June, thanks to the ongoing World Cup soccer tournament, which European meet directors didn’t want to schedule against. That meant fitter athletes, better weather and, fortunately, the absence of wind over the allowable limit for record purposes in sprint races.

Jordan said the meet’s affiliation with the new Diamond League contributed to the depth of the fields. “If this is the result of the Diamond League, then obviously we’re thrilled with it,” Jordan said.

It all added up to a day that could be long remembered as something special.

“It felt like being at a European meet, at a BIG European meet,” said E. Garry Hill, editor of Track & Field News. “The Eugene crowd has always had the European feel, but the depth and breadth of the performances, and the look on the athletes’ faces. ... I just saw happiness everywhere I looked.”

A list of the records, by event:

Men’s 110-meter hurdles: David Oliver, 12.90 seconds. American record; matches Dominique Arnold, USA, 12.90, 2006. Hayward record and Pre Classic record; previous record Liu Xiang, China, 13.06, 2005.

Men’s 1,000 meters: Abubaker Kaki, Sudan, 2:13.62. American all-comers, Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Joaquim Cruz, Oregon, 2:14.54, 1984.

Men’s 5,000 meters: Tariku Bekele, Ethiopia, 12:58.93. American all-comers record; previous record Micah Kogo, Kenya, 13:02.90, 2009. Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Luke Kipkosgei, Kenya, 13:07.83, 1998.

Men’s 200 meters: Walter Dix, USA, 19.72. Hayward record; previous record Walter Dix, USA, and Shawn Crawford, USA, 19.86, 2008. Pre Classic record; previous record Wallace Spearmon, USA, 20.14, 2008.

Men’s shot put: Christian Cantwell, USA, 73-6 ¼. Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Kevin Toth, USA, 72-9 3/4, 2002.

Women’s hammer throw: Tatyana Lysenko, Russia, 249-3. American all-comers record, Hayward record, Pre Classic record; previous record Betty Heidler, Germany, 242-6, 2008.

Women’s 800 meters: Mariya Savinova, Russia, 1:57.56. Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Maria Mutola, Mozambique, 1:57.57, 1997.

Women’s 5,000 meters: Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia, 14:34.07. Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Mesaret Defar, Ethiopia, 14:38.73, 2008.

Women’s triple jump: Nadezhada Alekhina, Russia, 47-11 3/4. Hayward record; previous record Shani Marks, USA, 47-2 ¼, 2008. Pre Classic record; previous record Anastasiya Zhuravlyeva, 44-9.

Women’s 400-meter hurdles: Lashinda Demus, USA, 53.03. Hayward record; previous record Demus, 53.78, 2009. Pre Classic record; previous record Melaine Walker, Jamaica, 54.14, 2007.

Women’s 100 meters: Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaica, 10.78 seconds. Matches Hayward record; previous record Torri Edwards, USA, 10.78, 2008. Pre Classic record; previous record Torri Edwards, USA, 10.94, 2008.

Women’s javelin: Kara Patterson, USA, 216-2. Hayward and Pre Classic record; previous record Barbora Spotakova, Czech Republic, 213-11, 2009.

Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase: Milcah Chemos Cheiywa, Kenya, 9:26.70. Hayward and Pre Classic (debut) record; previous Hayward Field record Anna Willard, United States, 9:27.59, 2008.



Prefontaine runners show no respect for the four-minute mile on a record-setting day

Published: Saturday, July 03, 2010, 5:59 PM     Updated: Sunday, July 04, 2010, 8:50 AM
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EnlargeAndrew Burton, The OregonianTariku Bekele, far right, finished first in the men's 5000 meter at the Prefontaine Classic on July 3, 2010. Andrew Burton / The Oregonian2010 Prefontaine Classic gallery (38 photos)
EUGENE _ The four-minute mile took a drubbing Saturday at Hayward Field in the Prefontaine Classic.

    Ten runners in each of two races dipped under four minutes, including Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, who won the Bowerman Mile in 3 minutes 49.75 seconds.

    Andrew Wheating, who just completed his senior year at Oregon, finished fifth in that race, but took down Olympic gold-medalist Joaquim Cruz's school record in the process. Wheating's time was 3:51.74, destroying Cruz's 1984 record of 3:53.00.

    Earlier in the meet, Australian Ryan Gregson won the International Mile in 3:53.19. Oregon junior A.J. Acosta finished a close second to Gregson in 3:53.76, which moved him ahead of Steve Prefontaine and into third place on the UO list.

    It was that kind of meet, with record-setting performance after record-setting performance on a sunny afternoon before an exuberant, capacity-plus crowd of 12,834.

    In all, meet records were reset in 12 of the 18 contested events.

    David Oliver tied Dominique Arnold's four-year-old U.S. record of 12.90 while winning the 110-meter hurdles, Christian Cantwell obliterated the meet record and his competition with six longest shot puts of the day, and Tatyana Lysenko and Betty Heidler combined for the five longest hammer throws ever on U.S. soil.

    Kara Patterson followed up on her victory in the recent javelin victory at USA Championships with a winning throw here of 216 feet 2 inches, erasing Barbora Spotakova’s meet record of 213-11 set in 2007. Mariya Savinova won the 800 in 1:57.56, narrowly bettering the meet record of 1:57.57, held since 1997 by crowd-favorite Maria Mutola.

    There were smiles, victory laps and standing ovations all around.

In the end, maybe, the most disappointed winner was Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic gold-medalist who ran away the Bowerman Mile.

    “I wanted to run a 3:47,” Kiprop said. “I passed the pace-maker at 500 meters, because the pace was really slow.”

    Too slow for 3:47, maybe, but the pace pulled Wheating to the top of the UO record book.
     
    Wheating ran a remarkably even race, content to let Kisrop take a commanding lead, and stay on his own pace. It was fast enough to make school history.

    “I got to 300 and I felt like I hadn’t woke up yet,” Wheating said. “At 200 it was like, all right let’s go to work. I came off the turn with 100 meters to go, and it was ‘I want this, I want this, I want it.’”

    What he wanted was 3:55. He got it, and then some.

    “To go out and exceed the expectations is way more enjoyable,” Wheating said.

    Maybe, Acosta should get an assist. Wheating said he felt his excitement revving while watching Acosta storm from behind in the last 250 to almost catch Gregson.

    Acosta never had broken four minutes outdoors before elbowing aside Prefontaine on the Oregon’s all-time list. At one point this season, UO coach Vin Lananna toyed with converting him to the steeplechase.

    “I saw the time and thought, ‘This is way faster than I ever thought I could run,’” Acosta said. “For someone who is supposed to be running the steeple and 5k, 3:53 is pretty fast.”

    Oliver, the world’s dominant hurdler this season, didn’t disappoint, winning easily.

    Afterward, Oliver accepted congratulations, then forecast better times soon.

    “It’s cool, man, but I could have run ’89 or something,” he said. “A lot of people run 12.90. I’ll just keep shooting for it.”

    Cantwell crushed an all-star field in the shot. He won with a throw of 73-6 ¼. The worst of his six attempts traveled 70-6 ½. Canadian Dylan Armstrong finished second at 69-11 ¾. The meet record of 72-9 ¾ set by Kevin Toth in 2002? Gone.

    “Any time you could win on every throw, it’s a strong series,” Cantwell said.

    Patterson, who prepped at Skyview High in Vancouver, popped the event-winner on the final attempt of her six-throw series.

    It didn’t match her U.S. record of 218-9 from the USA Championships. But it was nearly 16 feet better than her second-best throw, and vaulted her past Slovenian Martina Ratej, who had led at 211-3.

    Patterson said she drew inspiration from the crowd, which began a rhythmic clap when she stepped onto the runway for her last attempt.

    Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba had more trouble with a headwind on the back straight than with any of the other runners in the women’s 5,000 while running away with the meet record in 14:34.07. Meseret Defar had held the record of 14:38.73 had been held since 2008.

    “I wanted a fast race, but it didn’t happen because the wind,” she said through an interpreter.

    Shalane Flanagan of Oregon Track Club Elite/Portland broke away from a trail pack that included Sally Kipyego and Amy Yoder Begley to finish second in 14:49.08.

    Flanagan who is moving up to run a marathon in the fall, sounded almost wistful.

    “I wish this wasn’t my last race,” she said. “I really feel like something special could happen in perfect conditions. Today I made the most of what we had. It was still a great result. So, I’m happy.”





Oliver equals American record at 36th Nike Prefontaine Classic

07-03-2010

EUGENE - 2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist David Oliver equaled the third-fastest time ever in the men's 110m hurdles and the Hayward Field record book was shredded Saturday at the 2010 Nike Prefontaine Classic on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene. The action took place on a beautiful sunny day in front of an appreciative standing room only crowd for the 15th consecutive year.

The Nike Prefontaine Classic is the fourth and final event of the 2010 USATF Outdoor Visa Championship Series and a member of the prestigious new IAAF Samsung Diamond League series consisting of 14 of the greatest invitational track meets in the world. For more information visit:www.diamondleague.com

Oliver named Visa Athlete of the Meet

2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist David Oliver equaled the American record in the 110m hurdles by dominating a strong field with his time of 12.90 seconds, and for his efforts he was named the Visa Athlete of the Meet.

Oliver had a strong start and grabbed the lead by the fourth hurdle and continued to lengthen it all the way to the finish. His performance equals the American record first posted by Dominique Arnold on July 11, 2006 in Lausanne.

2010 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up Ryan Wilson finished second in a season's best 13.16, with USA Outdoor Champs third-place finisher Ronnie Ash placing third again in 13.19, which equals his personal best set last week at Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa. Two-time World Outdoor Championships bronze medalist and 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist David Payne finished fourth in a seasonal best 13.24.

Patterson stays on roll in women's javelin throw

2008 Olympian Kara Patterson, who set an American record in winning her third consecutive U.S. women's javelin throw title last week, won again this afternoon in impressive fashion.

Patterson posted a Prefontaine Classic record with her winning sixth round toss of 65.90m/216-2, which is second on the all-time U.S. list only to her AR of 66.67m/218-8 set last week in Des Moines.

Martina Ratej (SLO) was the runner-up with a best of 64.40m/211-3, with Barbora Spotakova (CZE) third with a toss of 61.12m/200-6. 2010 USA Championships runner-up and 2009 World Outdoor Championships finalist Rachel Yurkovich was fourth with her sixth round throw of 58.42m/191-8.

Cantwell can't be stopped in Visa Men's Shot Put

Reigning World Outdoor champion Christian Cantwell, who is ranked #1 in the world, entered the Nike Prefontaine Classic with the world's best throw this season of 22.35m/73-4, and he captured the lead on his first throw of the day of 21.78m/71-5.5.

Cantwell would never relinquish the lead throughout the competition, and he put an exclamation mark on the day with his final throw of 22.41m/73-6.25, which is the new world leader.

Canada's Dylan Armstrong finished second with a best of 21.33m/69-11.75, with two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson third with his fourth round throw of 21.16m/69-5.25, which is his best this outdoor season.

Demus dominates women's 400m hurdles

Current world leader and two-time World Outdoor Championships silver medalist Lashinda Demus set a new Hayward Field and Pre Classic record with her never-in-doubt winning performance in the women's 400m hurdles.

By the time she rounded the fourth turn and approached the final two hurdles, Demus held a commanding lead prior to crossing the finish line first in 53.03 seconds. Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica was the runner-up in 53.78, with Trinidad's Josanne Lucas third in 55.08 and 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Sheena Tosta finishing fourth in a season's best 55.53.

Dix victorious in men's 200 meters

Two-time Olympic medalist Walter Dix has come storming back following an injury-plagued 2009 season to win the 100m and finish second in the 200m at the USA Outdoor Championships prior to winning the men's 200m this afternoon in a blistering Hayward Field record time of 19.72 seconds. His performance is the second-fastest in the world this year.

It was Dix and American 100m record holder Tyson Gay virtually even heading into the main straightaway before Dix grabbed a slight lead with 80 meters to go. Dix's lead remained unchanged through to the finish with Dix winning the race with Gay close behind in finishing second in 19.76. For Gay it was his first race since May 16 due to a sore right hamstring.

2009 national JUCO 100m champion Ryan Bailey finished third in a personal best of 20.17, with Xavier Carter fourth in a 2010 best of 20.30.

Felix wins Nike Women's 400 Meters

Two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time World Outdoor Champion in the 200 meters Allyson Felix continued to display her remarkable versatility as a sprinter this afternoon after winning the USA Outdoor 100m title last week for the first time in her career.

Felix, who entered this season ranked #4 in the world at 400 meters, won this afternoon in a highly competitive race in 50.27 seconds. Finishing as the runner-up was Amantle Montsho (BOT), who crossed the finish line in a season's best time of 50.30, with Shericka Williams of Jamaica finishing third in 50.31 and reigning USA Outdoor champion Debbie Dunn finishing fourth in 50.56.

Barrier finally broken in Nike Men's 5,000 Meters

Prior to this afternoon the 13-minute barrier had never been broken in the United States. Now it's happened twice.

Coming down the final stretch the Hayward Field crowd was delirious as Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia approached the finish line looking as though he would finish before the clock hit 13 minutes. Bekele crossed the finish line in 12:58.93 in setting a Hayward Field record. Bekele was closely followed by Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia, who also bettered the 13-minute barrier with his runner-up, personal best time of 12:59.30. Imane Merga of Ethiopia was third in 13:00.18, with Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge finishing fourth in 13:01.17.

Kiprop captures Nike Men's Bowerman Mile

Kenyan Asbel Kiprop entered the 2010 season ranked #1 in the world and he lived up to that billing this afternoon in winning the famed Nike Men's Bowerman Mile for the second year in a row with his time of 3:49.75.Amine Laalou (MAR) was the runner-up in 3:50.22, with Mekonnen Gebremedhin (ETH) third in 3:50.68. In his final race in a University of Oregon singlet, double 2010 NCAA champion and 2008 Olympian Andrew Wheating set a monster personal best of 3:51.74 in finishing fifth. Wheating's performance bettered the previous University of Oregon mile record of 3:53.0 set in 1984 by Joaquim Cruz.

Lysenko wins over Heidler in women's hammer throw

The Prefontaine Classic got off to a rousing start as Tatyana Lysenko of Russia and 2009 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist Betty Heidler of Germany staged a tremendous battle that wasn't decided until the final round of the competition.

Heidler took what seemed to be a commanding lead on her fourth attempt when she threw the hammer 74.48m/244-4, which was the farthest throw ever on American soil. She followed that with another long toss in Round 5 when she extended her lead to 74.55m/244-7. Sitting in second place with a best of 74.31m/243-9, Lysenko came through in a big way on her final attempt by taking the lead for good with a toss of 75.98m/249-3. Between the two of them, Lysenko and Heidler posted the five longest women's hammer throws ever on U.S. soil.

Sultana Frizell of Canada finished third with a best of 70.76m/245-3, with 2008 Olympian and reigning U.S. champion Amber Campbell fourth with a best of 70.21m/230-4.

Malachowski wins men's Discus

2009 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist Piotr Malachowski of Poland won the men's discus with his second round toss of 67.66m/221-11.

Zoltan Kovago of Hungary was the runner-up with a best of 67.55m/221-7, with 2010 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up Jason Young third with a toss of 66.95m/219-8, and two-time USA Outdoor champion Casey Malone finishing fourth with his best throw this year of 66.03m/216-7.

Alekhina posts meet record in women's triple jump

Russia's Nadezhda Alekhina, who ended the 2009 season ranked #9 in the world by Track & Field News, was the dominant force in the women's triple jump.

Alekhina posted her winning leap of 14.62m/47-11.75 on her first attempt of the day, which is a new Hayward Field and Prefontaine Classic record. Olga Rypakova (KAZ) finished as the runner-up with a best of 14.45m/47-5 and 2010 USA Outdoor champion Erica McClain finished third with her leap of 14.33m/47-0.25, which is the fourth-best triple jump ever by an American woman.

Gregson wins International Mile

A highly competitive men's international mile was won by Australia's Ryan Gregson, who led 10 competitors under the 4-minute barrier with his winning time of 3:53.19. 2007 U.S. Junior champion A.J. Acosta of the University of Oregon performed magnificently in front of his home crowd in finishing as the runner-up in a stunning 3:53.76, which took five seconds off of his personal best time.

Juan Van Deventer of South Africa finished third in 3:54.12, with 2010 USA Outdoor Championships 1,500m fourth-place finisher David Torrence crossing the line fourth in 3:54.47.

Murer wins women's pole vault

Brazilian standout Fabiana Murer, who ended the 2009 season ranked #4 in the world, was the winner in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 4.58m/15-0.25. Anna Rogowska of Poland, who is the reigning World Outdoor champion and currently ranked #2 in the world, cleared the identical height but was declared the runner-up after tallying more misses than Murer during the competition.

Yuliya Golubchikova of Russia placed third with a best of 4.48m/14-8.25, with Lacy Janson, who finished fourth last week at the USA Outdoor Championships, finishing fourth in clearing the same height.

Dibaba sets stadium record in Women's 5,000 meters

World record holder Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, who won the 5,000m at the Diamond League event in New York on June 12, captured another Diamond League event this afternoon and she made it look easy.

With three laps remaining Dibaba held a 40-meter lead over the rest of the field and she extended it to as much as 65 meters in cruising to the victory in 14:34.07, which is a new Hayward Field and Prefontaine Classic record. 2008 Olympic Games 10,000m bronze medalist and U.S. 5,000m record holder Shalane Flanagan finished as the runner-up in the third-fastest time ever by an American of 14:49.08. Sally Kipyego of Kenya finished third in 14:54.50.

Kaki Khamis wins men's 1,000 meters in American all-comers record

Abubaker Kaki Khamis of Sudan captured the seldom contested men's 1,000 meters in 2:13.62, which bettered the previous U.S. soil record of 2:14.54 set at Hayward Field by Joaquim Cruz of Brazil in 1984. His performance is the fastest in the world this year and the seventh-fastest ever in this event.

Boaz Lalang of Kenya was the runner-up in 2:14.83, with three-time U.S. Outdoor 800m champion Nick Symmonds finishing third in 2:16.35.

Hayward Field record falls in women's steeplechase

Current world leader Milca Chemos Cheywa of Kenya proved herself to the Hayward Field crowd by setting a new stadium and Prefontaine Classic record with her winning time of 9:26.70.

2009 world steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez of Spain, who is ranked #1 in the world, was the runner-up in 9:29.61, with Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia third in 9:30.05 and Korene Hinds of Jamaica fourth in 9:32.20. Penn State University's Bridget Franek, who is the 2010 NCAA champion and finished fifth at last week's USA Outdoor Championships, placed fifth in a personal best time of 9:32.35.

Savinova wins women's 800 meters

Russia's Mariya Savinova, who began the 2010 season ranked #4 in the world, set a Hayward Field record and ran the fastest time in the world this year in winning the women's 800 meters in 1:57.56.

Nancy Jebet Langat of Kenya was the runner-up in a personal best of 1:57.75, with fellow Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei posting a seasonal best of 1:57.84 in finishing third. Two Americans set personal bests in finishing fourth and fifth respectively, Phoebe Wright (4th-1:58.22) and Alysia Johnson (5th-1:58.84).

Men's long jump belongs to Saladino

Irving Saladino of Panama, who ended the 2009 season ranked #4 in the world and finished second at the Pre Classic last year, grabbed the lead in Round 2 of the men's long jump and that effort was enough to claim the victory.

Saladino defeated a strong field with his best leap of 8.46m/27-9.25, with reigning World Outdoor champion 2010 USA Outdoor Championships winner Dwight Phillips finishing as the runner-up with a best of 8.41m/27-7.25. Jinzhe Li of China finished third with a best of 8.29m/27-2.5 and 2008 Olympian Trevell Quinley was fourth from his final round leap of 8.19m/26-10.5.

Campbell-Brown dominates Visa Women's 100 Meters

Olympic 200m gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica posted a world-leading time with her convincing victory in the Visa Women's 100 Meters.

Campbell-Brown got out well and was never seriously challenged in setting the Prefontaine meet record time of 10.78. Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica finished as the runner-up in a season's best time of 10.82, with two-time World Outdoor Championships bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter posting a seasonal best time of 10.83 in finishing third. 2010 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up LaShaunte'a Moore finished fourth in 10.99.


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