2010 Prefontaine Classic Recap And Video

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July 6, 2010

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The 2010 version of the Prefontaine meet may have been the best ever.

We give a brief LRC recap of all the distance events and the top events with video of the races compliments of the meet website.

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Men's 1,000m: Abubaker Kaki And Nick Symmonds Come Up Short In Record Attempts

Abubaker Kaki's world record attempt (world record 2:11.96) and Nick Symmonds' American record attempt (Rick Wohlhuter AR of 2:13.9) both came up well short. The pacers did a good job (1:45.53 for Khadevis Robinson at 800) but at that point, Kaki was not right on the rabbit and the WR attempt was well off. The problem with record attempts is when they are off, often the races are a bit anticlimatic.

1000 Metres - Men                             
    1 Kaki , Abubaker                  SUD    2:13.62   
    2 Lalang , Boaz Kiplagat           KEN    2:14.83
    3 Symmonds , Nick                  USA    2:16.35
    4 Yego , Alfred Kirwa              KEN    2:17.60
    5 Solomon , Duane                  USA    2:17.84
    6 Mulder , Tyler                   USA    2:17.91
    7 Hernandez , Jacob                USA    2:18.42
    8 Brown , Ryan                     USA    2:21.21
      Scherer , Matthew                USA        DNF
      Robinson , Khadevis              USA        DNF

Video Of Pre 1,000m


Bowerman Mile: Kiprop Reigns Supreme Again

If you had any doubt to who the top miler in the world is, you shouldn't. It's Olympic Champ Asbel Kiprop. Kiprop loves running at Pre (last year he celebrated most of the final 100m) and this year he got another sub-3:50 win. Kiprop pulled away the last 50m from Amine Lalou (World Champ finalist at 800 and 1,500 last year for Morocco) and the 2 other challengers, Mekonnen Gebremedhin (runner-up to Kiprop in the Dream Mile in Oslo) and the always-consistent Daniel Komen. Those four were clear of the field, but getting a roar from the crowd was University of Oregon's Andrew Wheating, who just completed his NCAA career by winning the 800 and 1,500 at NCAAs. Wheating had moved up from last place early in the race and would finish best of the Americans in a very respectable 5th in 3:51.74. The other Americans (all World Championships finalists last year, including bronze medalist Bernard Lagat) all disappointed. We said beforehand that Wheating should be much better than Alan Webb's 3:53 as a high schooler at Pre and were right. We didn't expect the other Americans not to be.

The field featured 7 of the top 10 milers in the world last year. Nice run for Wheating. Too bad NBC NEVER mentioned the double NCAA champ, hometown hero's name during the race.

One Mile - Men Race 1                               
                                                      
    1 Kiprop , Asbel                   KEN    3:49.75    
    2 Laalou , Amine                   MAR    3:50.22      
    3 Gebremedhin , Mekonnen           ETH    3:50.68 
    4 Komen , Daniel                   KEN    3:50.70  
    5 Wheating , Andrew                USA    3:51.74  
    6 Kemboi , Nicholas Kiptanui       KEN    3:52.84 
    7 Lomong , Lopez                   USA    3:53.18
    8 Moustaoui , Mohamed              MAR    3:53.70 
    9 Lagat , Bernard                  USA    3:54.36
   10 Keitany , Haron                  KEN    3:57.07
   11 Manzano , Leonel                 USA    4:06.51
      Kamel , Yusuf Saad               BRN        DNF
      Renshaw , Lachlan                AUS        DNF
      Gathimba , Gideon                KEN        DNF

Video Of Pre Mile

One Mile - Men Race 2                           
    1 Gregson , Ryan                   AUS    3:53.19
    2 Acosta , Andrew J.               USA    3:53.76
    3 van Deventer , Juan              RSA    3:54.12
    4 Torrence , David                 USA    3:54.47
    6 van der Westhuizen , Peter       RSA    3:55.98
    5 Kithii , Josphat Mitunga         KEN    3:55.16
    7 Pifer , Stephen                  USA    3:56.12
    8 Brown , Russell                  USA    3:56.92
    9 Ali , Belal Mansoor              BRN    3:57.22
   10 Rupp , Galen                     USA    3:57.72
   11 Leer , Will                      USA    4:08.45
      Novak , Rob                      USA        DNF 
      Wieczorek , Mark                 USA        DNF

Video Of Pre "B" Mile
Young Aussie phenom got the win over recent NCAA runner-up AJ Acosta.


Men's 5,000m: Tariku Bekele Gets Win First Sub-13 Clocking On US Soil

Beforehand, a lot of the discussion on this race centered on whether Chris Solinsky or Matt Tegenkamp (both sub-13 minute runners) could be the first Americans under 13 minutes on US soil. For that to happen, however, another barrier would also likely have to be broken first, the first foreigner to go sub-13 on US soil. Hard to believe no one has ever gone sub-13 in the US, but now it has happened. Tariku Bekele had the best sprint finish and prevailed on the final lap over Dejen Gebremeskel (bronze medalist at 2008 World Junior champs, never had broken 13 until Pre), Imane Merga (who had won 2 Diamond League meets already this year) and Eliud Kipchoge (who had won in Doha in a world-leading 12:51).

Chris Solinsky hung with the lead pack until the final 2 laps and had to settle for a 13:08.11. But as this message board thread points out: "Solinsky: There has never been an American in history to run three races in a row at this level", when 13:08 is your worst of your last 3 races, you're doing pretty well.

5000 Metres - Men                                             
                                                    
    1 Bekele , Tariku                  ETH   12:58.93
    2 Gebremeskel , Dejen              ETH   12:59.30
    3 Merga , Imane                    ETH   13:00.18
    4 Kipchoge , Eliud                 KEN   13:01.17
    5 Daba , Bekana                    ETH   13:05.35
    6 Kisorio , Mathew Kipkoech        KEN   13:07.26
    7 Solinsky , Chris                 USA   13:08.11
    8 Salel , Daniel Lemashon          KEN   13:09.80
    9 Birmingham , Collis              AUS   13:10.97
   10 Kipkoech , Josphat Bett          KEN   13:11.60
   11 Kuma , Abera                     ETH   13:11.92
   12 Macharinyang , Hosea Mwok        KEN   13:21.05
   13 Tegenkamp , Matthew              USA   13:25.09
   14 Barrios , Juan Luis              MEX   13:30.09
   15 Komon , Leonard Patrick          KEN   13:31.68
      Mutahi , Sammy Alex              KEN        DNF
      Rono , Aron                      KEN        DNF
      True , Ben                       USA        DNF
      Renshaw , Lachlan                AUS        DNS

Video Of Last Mile Of Pre 5,000
Start Of Race Here


Women's 800m: Mariya Savinova Wins Tight Battle In World-Leading Time, NCAA Champ Phoebe Wright Smashes 2-Minute Barrier For First Time (1:58.22!)

Mariya Savinova was the favorite in our opinion, as she won World indoors and had the top time in the world coming in. However, she faced 2007 World Champ Janeth Jepkosgei, Olympic 1,500m champ Nancy Langat and 3 Americans given a great chance to challenge: Anna Pierce (undefeated at 800 last year, world ranked #2, with wins at 2 Golden League meets and the World Athletics Final), Alysia Johnson (2010 US champ, world indoor bronze this year), and Maggie Vessey (US leader last year at 1:57.84, wins at Pre and Rome Golden League).

In the end, down the final 100m it was a battle between Jepkosgei and Savinova with Savinova pulling away and Langat edging Jepkosgei before the line for 2nd. Alysia Johnson was the only American to get in the mix and she faded the last 100m to a PR of 1:58.84.

Surprisingly, the top American was NCAA champ Phoebe Wright. The former Tennessee Vol had run 16 800s this year and had come up short of breaking 2 minutes each time. In fact, she had only run under 2:01 twice. That all changed in a big, big way. She told the Eugene Register Guard afterwards, "When I was getting on the line, they were announcing everyone, and I was like, 'Why am I here?' My second thought was, 'I'm such a lucky person. Don't blow this.'" She definitely did not blow it. Wright competed all the way to the line and the result was a stunning 1:58.22 - a more than 2-second improvement on her former PR, a 2:00.47 3rd-place finish at USATFs last weekend.

Anna Pierce and Maggie Vessey did run seasonal bests and break 2:00, but the 2009 US world beaters were disappointments at Pre. All in all, 9 women broken 2-flat at Pre. In a less deep field, we might have been praising Pierce and Vessey for running seasonal bests and breaking 2-flat. But because of the quality at Pre, they were afterthoughts.

And for the message board poster who started this thread last week: "Has Sam Bair's curse been passed to Phoebe Wright?", the answer is clearly no (Sam Bair was the guy who's dad had run sub-four in the mile and he for a couple of years kept running 4:00 before finally going sub-4). And in case you didn't think NBC needed an announcer who knew something about distance races, they never mention Phoebe Wright's name in the video below.

800 Metres - Women                              
                                                   
    1 Savinova , Mariya                RUS    1:57.56
    2 Langat , Nancy Jebet             KEN    1:57.75
    3 Busienei , Janeth Jepkosgei      KEN    1:57.84 
    4 Wright , Phoebe                  USA    1:58.22
    5 Johnson , Alysia                 USA    1:58.84
    6 Pierce , Anna                    USA    1:59.42
    7 Sinclair , Kenia                 JAM    1:59.55
    8 Jamal , Maryam Yusuf             BRN    1:59.89
    9 Vessey , Maggie                  USA    1:59.90
   10 Rowbury , Shannon                USA    2:00.47
   11 Jelimo , Pamela                  KEN    2:03.14
      Shinkins , Karen                 IRL        DNF

Video Of Pre Women's 800m


Women's 5,000m: Dibaba Dominates, Flanagan Does Better

Tirunesh Diaba ran the world record of 14:11 two years ago and is only 24. Shalane Flanagan got the Olympic bronze in 2008 but last year she switched coaches and struggled a bit.

Both ran relatively well at Pre and showed that 2010 may be much better for both of them than 2009.

Dibaba got the easy win in 14:34.07 and was never challenged. Flanagan was definitely the best of the rest, as she was 5 seconds clear of NCAA star Sally Kipyego.

5000 Metres - Women                      
    1 Dibaba , Tirunesh                ETH   14:34.07
    2 Flanagan , Shalane               USA   14:49.08
    3 Kipyego , Sally                  KEN   14:54.50
    4 Korikwiang , Pauline Chemning    KEN   14:55.27
    5 Begley , Amy                     USA   14:56.72
    6 Ayalew , Wude                    ETH   15:02.47
    7 Metcalfe , Megan                 CAN   15:21.70
    8 Rhines , Jennifer                USA   15:22.05
    9 Davila , Desireé          USA   15:29.78
   10 Fleshman , Lauren                USA   15:33.32
   11 Metivier Baillie , Renee         USA   15:41.95
   12 Hastings , Amy                   USA   16:39.85
      Clement Moser , Treniere         USA        DNF
      Howard , Julia                   CAN        DNF
      Dimoff , Carrie                  USA        DNF
      Wellings , Eloise                AUS        DNF   

Video Of Pre Women's 5,000m


Women's Steeple: Milcah Chemos Is Top Steepler In 2010

2009 World Champion Marta Dominguez is considered by many to be the class of the steeplechase ranks. She has run 8:28 for 3k and has great finishing speed. So when she was sitting on the back of 2009 World Champs bronze medalist Milcah Chemos with a lap to go, many assumed Dominguez would dominate the final lap. They were wrong.

Chemos showed great finishing speed in her come-from-behind Diamong League win in Rome (she has now won 3 of the 4 Diamond League steeples) and showed she had enough speed on Saturday to hold off Dominguez. On the last lap, Chemos opened up a 5-meter gap heading into the last water jump and when Dominguez stumbled, it was all over. Bridge Franek bounced back from a disappointing 5th-place finish at USATFs to be the first American in 5th in a PR of 9:32.35.

3000 Metres Steeplechase - Women                     
    1 Cheywa , Milcah Chemos           KEN    9:26.70
    2 Dominguez , Marta                ESP    9:29.61 
    3 Assefa , Sofia                   ETH    9:30.05
    4 Hinds , Korene                   JAM    9:32.20
    5 Franek , Bridget                 USA    9:32.35
    6 Parker , Barbara                 GBR    9:35.17
    7 Galaviz , Lisa                   USA    9:45.50
    8 Bush , Nicole                    USA    9:53.34
    9 Houlihan , Shayla                USA    9:57.11
   10 June , Kara                      USA   10:18.50
      Zarudneva , Yuliya               RUS        DNF 
      Hyman , Mardrea                  JAM        DNF

Video Of Pre Women's Steeplechase
   


Men's 200m: Watler Dix Stops Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay's return to action from injury featured a showdown with Walter Dix and they delivered a great duel. In the end, Gay did not have the top-end speed that some might have expected, although Dix and Gay both ran in the 19.70s. Results and NBC video below.

200 Metres - Men                   Wind: +1.8 m/s
                                                   
    1 Dix , Walter                     USA      19.72  
    2 Gay , Tyson                      USA      19.76   
    3 Bailey , Ryan                    USA      20.17
    4 Carter , Xavier                  USA      20.30
    5 Thompson , Richard               TRI      20.48
    6 Crawford , Shawn                 USA      20.50
    7 Martina , Churandy               AHO      20.52
    8 Saidy Ndure , Jaysuma            NOR      20.67

Video Of Pre 200m


Women's 400m: Allyson Felix Beats The World's Best At 400m

Allyson Felix was the surprise winner of the 100m last week at USATFs and this week she took on the World's best including 2010 world leader and USATF champ Debbie Dunn over 400. The final straight at Pre was super tight as 5 women were within a third of a second of each other. Debbie Dunn's great finish deserted her and Felix had just enough to get the win.

			400 Metres - Women               
    1 Felix , Allyson                  USA      50.27
    2 Montsho , Amantle                BOT      50.30
    3 Williams , Shericka              JAM      50.31
    4 Dunn , Debbie                    USA      50.56
    5 Krivoshapka , Antonina           RUS      50.60
    6 Hastings , Natasha               USA      50.64
    7 Williams-Mills , Novlene         JAM      51.11
    8 Baker , Keshia                   USA      51.60

Video of Pre 400m

Men's 110m Hurdles: David Oliver Ties American Record In The 110 Hurdles

David Oliver ran 12.93 to dominate USA nationals last week. He took it a step further at Pre, running 12.90 to tie Dominique Arnold's American record and to crush the field (world champ Ryan Brathwaite was actually last in 13.53).

110 Metres Hurdles - Men      Wind: +1.6 m/s
                                            
    1 Oliver , David                   USA      12.90
    2 Wilson , Ryan                    USA      13.16
    3 Ash , Ronnie                     USA      13.19
    4 Payne , David                    USA      13.24
    5 Noga , Artur                     POL      13.29  
    6 Hicks , Antwon                   USA      13.29
    7 Richardson , Jason               USA      13.50
    8 Brathwaite , Ryan                BAR      13.53

Video Of David Oliver's American Record

More Action:

Results below. The meet website has videos of many of these events. Thank the meet for making the videos available.

Long Jump - Men                                               
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Saladino , Irving                PAN       8.46          4              +3.2
    2 Phillips , Dwight                USA       8.41          2              +1.4
    3 Li , Jinzhe                      CHN       8.29          1              +3.5
    4 Quinley , Trevell                USA       8.19                         +1.9
    5 Lapierre , Fabrice               AUS       8.17                         +0.8
    6 Johnson , Brian                  USA       7.85                         +2.1
    7 Berrabah , Yahya                 MAR       7.77                         +2.0
    8 Bayer , Sebastian                GER       7.65                         +1.2

Shot Put - Men                                                
                                                            Pts
    1 Cantwell , Christian             USA      22.41          4        
    2 Armstrong , Dylan                CAN      21.33          2        
    3 Nelson , Adam                    USA      21.16          1        
    4 Whiting , Ryan                   USA      20.93                   
    5 Majewski , Tomasz                POL      20.90                   
    6 Hoffa , Reese                    USA      20.75                   
    7 Martin , Cory                    USA      20.50                   
    8 Taylor , Daniel                  USA      20.47                   

Discus Throw - Men                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Malachowski , Piotr              POL      67.66          4        
    2 Kövágó , Zoltán                  HUN      67.55          2        
    3 Young , Jason                    USA      66.95          1        
    4 Malone , Casey                   USA      66.03                   
    5 Kanter , Gerd                    EST      65.75                   
    6 Alekna , Virgilijus              LTU      63.55                   
    7 Rome , Jarred                    USA      62.46                   
    8 Waltz , Ian                      USA      60.70                   


Women' results

100 Metres - Women                                            Wind: +0.8 m/s
                                                            Pts
    1 Campbell-Brown , Veronica        JAM      10.78          4        
    2 Fraser , Shelly-Ann              JAM      10.82          2        
    3 Jeter , Carmelita                USA      10.83          1        
    4 Moore , LaShauntea               USA      10.99                   
    5 Okagbare , Blessing              NGR      11.03                   
    6 Simpson , Sherone                JAM      11.14                   
    7 Harrigan , Tahesia               IVB      11.16                   
    8 Sturrup , Chandra                BAH      11.19                   



400 Metres Hurdles - Women                                    
                                                            Pts
    1 Demus , Lashinda                 USA      53.03          4        
    2 Spencer , Kaliese                JAM      53.78          2        
    3 Lucas , Josanne                  TRI      55.08          1        
    4 Tosta , Sheena                   USA      55.53                   
    5 Odumosu , Muizat Ajoke           NGR      55.76                   
    6 Leach , Nicole                   USA      56.18                   
    7 Dorr , Fawn                      USA      57.32                   
    8 Collins , Ebony                  USA      58.36                   

Pole Vault - Women                                            
                                                            Pts
    1 Murer , Fabiana                  BRA       4.58          4        
    2 Rogowska , Anna                  POL       4.58          2        
    3 Janson , Lacy                    USA       4.48          1        
    3 Golubchikova , Yuliya            RUS       4.48          1        
    5 Kiryashova , Aleksandra          RUS       4.48                   
    6 Johnson , Chelsea                USA       4.28                   
      Suhr , Jennifer                  USA         NM                   
      Pyrek , Monika                   POL         NM                   

Triple Jump - Women                                           
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Alekhina , Nadezhda              RUS      14.62          4              -0.4
    2 Rypakova , Olga                  KAZ      14.45          2              -0.4
    3 McLain , Erica                   USA      14.33          1              -0.3
    4 Charles , Tabia                  CAN      13.99                         +0.6
    5 Smith , Toni                     USA      13.81                         +0.4
    6 Walker-Welsch , Shakeema         USA      13.62                         -0.9
      Xie , Limei                      CHN         NM                   
      Taranova-Potapova , Anastasiya   RUS         NM                   

Hammer Throw - Women                                          

    1 Lysenko , Tatyana                RUS      75.98
    2 Heidler , Betty                  GER      74.87
    3 Frizell , Sultana                CAN      70.76
    4 Campbell , Amber                 USA      70.21
    5 Henry , Britney                  USA      68.94
    6 Cosby , Jessica                  USA      68.32
    7 Smith , Loree                    USA      64.92

Javelin Throw - Women                                         
                                                            Pts
    1 Patterson , Kara                 USA      65.90          4        
    2 Ratej , Martina                  SLO      64.40          2        
    3 ┼ápotáková , Barbora              CZE      61.12          1        
    4 Yurkovich , Rachel               USA      58.42                   
    5 Palameika , Madara               LAT      53.37                   
    6 DeShasier , Alicia               USA      50.77                   

                        

 

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