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The 51st Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon took place Saturday, May 25 and the meet lit up the 2024 athletics season. So far The Pre, as it is often referred to is the highlight of the 2024 Diamond League season. The top athletes brought it all out in this Olympic year at Hayward Field. 

Some 340 years prior, in 1782, French novelist Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, coined in his novel Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), “Revenge is best served cold.”

There were a few athletes who have been letting former defeats marinate and on Saturday, they dished cold, calculated defeat to some of the best competitors in the world.

Beatrice Chebet: First woman under 29-minutes in the 10,000m

Much of the hullabaloo at Pre had to do with the Kenyan women’s 10,000-metre Paris Olympic Trials. Beatrice Chebet, who has been rising to the top globally, over the past two years, brought her A-game and smashed the world record. 

On Friday, sprinter Noah Lyles questioned why the organizers would host another country’s Olympic Trials. If anyone answered the charismatic American, it was Chebet, who received a standing ovation from the Hayward Field crowd during and after the final lap. 

The lighted rail on the inside was used and was set at world record pace. Three pacemakers were employed for duty. Sure, it was the Kenyan Trials, but 27-year-old Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay was in the race too. She entered with a 29:29.73 personal best. She left improving it by 25 seconds. What’s not to love?

Tsegay sat on the pacers for half the race. All pacers were off by 8800m. At this point, it was down to Tsegay and Chebet, but Chebet dropped the field as well as Tsegay and left them stranded and spread around the track as she lapped many, some more than once. 

The 24-year-old came into the race with a 14:05.92 5000m best, the third fastest in history. She also owns two World Cross Country Championships gold medals from the Gold Coast in 2023 and Belgrade in 2024. Her resume is impressive, but no one expected 28:54.14.

Tsegay’s face showed a little train early. Chebet appeared relaxed. But it is Tsegay who holds the current 5000m world record at 14:00.21, set on the same track in June 2023.

Lilian Kasait Rengeruk of Kenya took third in 29:26.89. 

Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi was the third Kenyan in 29:27.59. 

For the Olympics, it should be Chebet, Rengeruk and Kipkemboi on the Kenyan 10,000m team. The Olympic standard is 30:40.00 while 27 athletes max will be competing in the 25-lap event in Paris this summer. 

A whopping 11 women ran under the standard including Uganda’s Sarah Chelangat in 30:24.04. 

The previous world record in the event is 29:01.03 by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey from the Hengelo meet in 2021. It takes time to officially ratify records, so it should remain a pending world record for now. 

Results 

PositionNameCountryResult
1.Beatrice CHEBETKEN28:54.14 World Record
2.Gudaf TSEGAYETH29:05.92
3.Lilian Kasait RENGERUKKEN29:26.89
4.Margaret Chelimo KIPKEMBOIKEN29:27.59
5.Janeth CHEPNGETICHKEN30:04.97
6.Emmaculate Anyango ACHOLKEN30:06.43
7.Catherine Reline AMANANG’OLEKEN30:07.42
8.Faith CHEPKOECHKEN30:22.77
9.Sarah CHELANGATUGA30:24.04
10.Miriam CHEBETKEN30:27.30
11.Grace Loibach NAWOWUNAKEN30:34.86
12.Loice CHEMNUNGKEN30:44.86
13.Daisy JEPKEMEIKAZ30:52.43
 Selah BUSIENEIKENDNF
 Jesca CHELANGATKENDNF
 Diana CHEPKORIRKENDNF
 Rachel MCARTHURUSADNF
 Mekedes ALEMESHETEETHDNF
 Saron BERHEETHDNF



Josh Kerr defeats rival Jakob Ingebrigtsen in the mile, sets national record

The two metric milers, Great Britain’s Josh Kerr and Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, are bitter rivals. The intensity ratcheted up when the favourite Ingebrigtsen was defeated by Kerr during the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships. The relationship continues to heat up over social media.

Saturday, Kerr won the mile in 3:45.34 taking Steve Cram’s British record.

With the pacer and lights going at 1:53.00 800m pace, Kerr, Jared Nuguse, Jake Wightman and Neil Gourley sat on Ingebrigtsen and the pacer. With 2:13 showing on the clock, Kerr moved out to lane two from mid-pack and began to roll through the crowd. He took the lead with 600m to go and never relinquished it. 

Asked why he went with 600m to go, Kerr said, “I thought it was a dumb decision, and if I thought it was a dumb decision, it probably was and was going to scare myself and everyone around me…”

It did. While Ingebrigtsen tried hard to stay in touch with Kerr, he did not possess the kick and finished second in 3:45.60. Ingebrigtsen holds the national record done on this same track 3:43.73 last year. 

The 26-year-old Kerr took bronze at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games behind Ingebrigtsen and Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot. The three went 3:28.32, 3:29.01 and 3:29.05, respectively. 

One year later at Hayward Field, Kerr finished fifth during the 2022 World Athletics Championships. That was not good enough, especially when he witnessed fellow Brit Jake Wightman win in 3:29.23. Ingebrigtsen took second in 3:29.47. Moh Katir of Spain took third in 3:29.80. Fellow Spaniard Mario Garcia finished fourth in 3:30.20. Kerr rolled in at 3:30.60.

Katir is currently serving a two-year suspension for whereabouts failures. He missed three out-of-competition drug tests within a 12-month period. 

Kerr was ready in Budapest and like Wightman before him, rolled past Ingebrigtsen on the final straightaway with authority.

Saturday at Prefontaine, he clocked his all-time best mile at 3:45.34. Kerr now holds three British records one each in the mile (1609m), mile indoors and 3000m. 

Keely Hodgkinson wins in an early-season burner

Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain finished second at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, 2022 World Athletics Championships and 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships. She also finished second at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. 

While she won the 2023 Munich European Championships and the 2022 Diamond League Finale in Zurich, it is safe to say that she has had enough of being the proverbial bride’s maid. 

The 22-year-old will have an opportunity this summer in Paris to win on the world’s biggest stage after winning Prefontaine in dominating fashion. 

Her primary nemesis has been American Athing Mu, who pulled out of the Prefontaine Classic with a hamstring issue. The other is Kenyan Mary Moraa. Moraa was ready to go.

Hodgkinson sat mid-pack with fellow Brit Jemma Reekie for the first 500m, then she began to pick up the pace, taking the lead after 600m. Until then, there was a two to three-metre gap between Hodgkinson, Reekie and three leaders in Moraa, Tsige Duguma of Ethiopia and Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda. 

Hodgkinson continued to pull away down the home stretch. 

Asked why she decided to hold back she said, “I could see that the race was going fast and I didn’t want to go that fast, so, I could use my speed at the end.”

Of her speed, it was Hodgkinson, after the Tokyo Olympics who wanted to improve he 400m speed to be in the same ballpark as the athletes she tussles with on the global circuit in the 800m. On May 15, she ran a new 400m best of 51.61. The time still does not align with her 800m ability, but she never was a 400m sprinter. Shades of the great Peter Snell, who has the slowest 200m pb on the start line of both the Rome and Tokyo Olympics 60-odd years ago. He won gold both times in the two-lap race.

Moraa clocked 1:56.71 for second, while Reekie took third in 1:57.45. 

The Olympic standard is 1:59.30 and or hold a top-48 ranking globally. Eight of 10 athletes met the standard.

Results

PositionNameCountryResult
1.Keely HODGKINSONGBR1:55.78
2.Mary MORAAKEN1:56.71
3.Jemma REEKIEGBR1:57.45
4.Nia AKINSUSA1:57.98
5.Halimah NAKAAYIUGA1:58.18
6.Catriona BISSETAUS1:58.44
7.Sage HURTA-KLECKERUSA1:58.48
8.Tsige DUGUMAETH1:58.70
9.Natoya GOULE-TOPPINJAM1:59.92
10.Worknesh MESELEETH2:01.53
 Kaylin WHITNEYUSADNF

Kenyan men’s 10,000m Olympic Trials

Twenty-five-year-old marathon runner, Daniel Mateiko, won the Kenyan men’s 10,000m Paris Olympic Trials in 26:50.81. His personal best was 27:03.94 from Hengelo three years ago.

Well, he is not a marathon runner yet. He dropped out of his first two attempts including London in April. 

Mateiko is fast over the half-marathon though. He clocked 58:26, the 13th fastest in history. 

Unless Athletics Kenya’s selection committee changes its mind, the three Kenyans toe-ing the line in Paris in the 25-lap race will be Mateiko and Nicholas Kipkorir who finished second in 26:50.94 and Benard Kibet who took third in 26:51.09. Anything can and often does happen with the national governing body. 

The Olympic standard is 27:00.00. Twenty-seven athletes will make the one-race final. If Athletics Kenya needs to reach deeper into the list of capable athletes, the country produces a very big cache of qualified endurance athletes, six of which ran under the standard in Eugene on Saturday.

Results

PositionNameCountryResult
1.Daniel MATEIKOKEN26:50.81
2.Nicholas KIPKORIRKEN26:50.94
3.Benard KIBETKEN26:51.09
4.Edwin KURGATKEN26:51.54
5.Benson KIPLANGATKEN26:55.09
6.Kibiwott KANDIEKEN26:58.97
7.Stanley Waithaka MBURUKEN27:07.37
8.Daniel Simiu EBENYOKEN27:24.33
9.Francis ABONGKEN27:37.68
10.Ronald KWEMOIKEN27:47.72
11.Peter Mwaniki AILAKEN27:49.43
12.Weldon LANGATKEN28:02.55
13.Gideon Kipkertich RONOKEN28:25.19
 Andrew ERNSTUSADNF
 Kasey KNEVELBAARDUSADNF
 Samwel Chebolei MASAIKENDNF

Prefontaine’s other winners

Sha’Carri Richardson clocked well under 11 seconds taking the win in the time of 10.83 to lead a stacked field. 

Julien Alfred of Saint Lucia finished in second in 10.93, while Dina Asher-Smith took third at 10.98. Everyone else was 11.00 or over including Elaine Thompson-Herah in a surprising last-place finish of 11.30 — pedestrian for the Jamaican’s standard. She holds the national record at 10.54.  

In the women’s 1500m, it was a surprise to see Great Britain’s Laura Muir finish fourth. In front of her was Ethiopian Diribe Welteji in a new pb of 3:53.75 for the win. Jessica Hull of Australia set an Oceania record clocking 3:55.97 for second and American Elle St. Pierre in third in 3:56.00pb.

Tsigie Gebreselama won the women’s 5000m in 14:18.76 in a new personal best. 

Ugandan, Peruth Chemutai, clocked a new personal best in the 3000-metre steeplechase finishing in 8:55.09 for the win. 

Full results

100m Women wind +1.5

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Sha’Carri RICHARDSONUSA10.83
2.Julien ALFREDLCA10.93
3.Dina ASHER-SMITHGBR10.98
4.Daryll NEITAGBR11.00
5.Melissa JEFFERSONUSA11.02
6.Marie-Josée TA LOU-SMITHCIV11.05
7.Twanisha TERRYUSA11.19
8.Brittany BROWNUSA11.21
9.Elaine THOMPSON-HERAHJAM11.30

800m Men

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Keely HODGKINSONGBR1:55.78
2.Mary MORAAKEN1:56.71
3.Jemma REEKIEGBR1:57.45
4.Nia AKINSUSA1:57.98
5.Halimah NAKAAYIUGA1:58.18
6.Catriona BISSETAUS1:58.44
7.Sage HURTA-KLECKERUSA1:58.48
8.Tsige DUGUMAETH1:58.70
9.Natoya GOULE-TOPPINJAM1:59.92
10.Worknesh MESELEETH2:01.53
 Kaylin WHITNEYUSADNF

1500m Women

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Diribe WELTEJIETH3:53.75
2.Jessica HULLAUS3:55.97
3.Elle ST. PIERREUSA3:56.00
4.Laura MUIRGBR3:56.35
5.Nikki HILTZUSA3:59.64
6.Emily MACKAYUSA3:59.76
7.Katie SNOWDENGBR4:00.24
8.Georgia BELLGBR4:00.41
9.Sinclaire JOHNSONUSA4:00.43
10.Habitam ALEMUETH4:00.44
11.Susan Lokayo EJOREKEN4:01.09
12.Linden HALLAUS4:01.97
13.Elise CRANNYUSA4:03.08
14.Cory Ann MCGEEUSA4:04.91
 Jazz SHUKLACANDNF

5000m Women

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Tsigie GEBRESELAMAETH14:18.76
2.Ejgayehu TAYEETH14:18.92
3.Freweyni HAILUETH14:20.61
4.Aynadis MEBRATUETH14:22.76
5.Birke HAYLOMETH14:23.71
6.Hirut MESHESHAETH14:33.44
7.Sifan HASSANNED14:34.38
8.Fantaye BELAYNEHETH14:35.27
9.Weini KELATI FREZGHIUSA14:35.43
10.Senayet GETACHEWETH14:37.38
11.Nozomi TANAKAJPN14:47.69
12.Bosena MULATIEETH14:53.15
13.Ayal DAGNACHEWETH14:53.85
14.Karoline Bjerkeli GRØVDALNOR14:56.24
15.Lauren RYANAUS15:03.63
16.Emily INFELDUSA15:12.48
17.Joselyn Daniely BREAVEN15:13.02
18.Yenawa NBRETETH15:16.26
19.Teresiah Muthoni GATERIKEN15:30.87
 Lemlem HAILUETHDNF
 Simone PLOURDECANDNF

10000m Women (Kenyan Olympic Trials)

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Beatrice CHEBETKEN28:54.14 World Record
2.Gudaf TSEGAYETH29:05.92
3.Lilian Kasait RENGERUKKEN29:26.89
4.Margaret Chelimo KIPKEMBOIKEN29:27.59
5.Janeth CHEPNGETICHKEN30:04.97
6.Emmaculate Anyango ACHOLKEN30:06.43
7.Catherine Reline AMANANG’OLEKEN30:07.42
8.Faith CHEPKOECHKEN30:22.77
9.Sarah CHELANGATUGA30:24.04
10.Miriam CHEBETKEN30:27.30
11.Grace Loibach NAWOWUNAKEN30:34.86
12.Loice CHEMNUNGKEN30:44.86
13.Daisy JEPKEMEIKAZ30:52.43
 Selah BUSIENEIKENDNF
 Jesca CHELANGATKENDNF
 Diana CHEPKORIRKENDNF
 Rachel MCARTHURUSADNF
 Mekedes ALEMESHETEETHDNF
 Saron BERHEETHDNF

100m Hurdles Women wind -0.9

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Cyréna SAMBA-MAYELAFRA12.52
2.Jasmine CAMACHO-QUINNPUR12.54
3.Tonea MARSHALLUSA12.55
4.Devynne CHARLTONBAH12.63
5.Alaysha JOHNSONUSA12.65
6.Danielle WILLIAMSJAM12.65
7.Cindy SEMBERGBR12.76
8.Nia ALIUSA12.80
9.Masai RUSSELLUSA12.80

3000m Steeplechase Women

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Peruth CHEMUTAIUGA8:55.09
2.Beatrice CHEPKOECHKEN8:56.51
3.Faith CHEROTICHKEN9:04.45
4.Sembo ALMAYEWETH9:07.26
5.Valerie CONSTIENUSA9:14.29
6.Courtney WAYMENTUSA9:14.48
7.Gabrielle JENNINGSUSA9:18.03
8.Kaylee MITCHELLUSA9:21.00
9.Winfred Mutile YAVIBRN9:21.62
10.Norah JERUTOKAZ9:22.91
11.Kristlin GEARUSA9:24.42
12.Marwa BOUZAYANITUN9:24.84
13.Jackline CHEPKOECHKEN9:30.59
14.Regan YEECAN9:30.78
15.Belén CASETTAARG9:37.20
16.Parul CHAUDHARYIND9:46.74
 Logan JOLLYUSADNF

Pole Vault Women

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Emily GROVEUSA4.63
2.Katie MOONUSA4.53
3.Robeilys PEINADOVEN4.53
4.Gabriela LEONUSA4.43
5.Bridget WILLIAMSUSA4.43
6.Anicka NEWELLCAN4.28
7.Rachel BAXTERUSA4.28

Triple Jump Women

POS.NAMENAT.RESULTWind
1.Leyanis PÉREZ HERNÁNDEZCUB14.73+2.1
2.Thea LAFONDDMA14.62-0.6
3.Shanieka RICKETTSJAM14.55-0.4
4.Keturah ORJIUSA14.13+0.2
5.Tori FRANKLINUSA13.97-0.2
6.Jasmine MOOREUSA13.93+0.1
7.Kimberly WILLIAMSJAM13.74-0.1
8.Ryann PORTERUSA12.79-0.3
 Leyanis PÉREZ HERNÁNDEZCUB14.56 

Discus Throw Women

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Valarie ALLMANUSA67.36
2.Yaimé PÉREZCUB67.25
3.Jorinde VAN KLINKENNED64.88
4.Sandra ELKASEVIĆCRO64.69
5.Kristin PUDENZGER62.24
6.Laulauga TAUSAGAUSA62.01
7.Chioma ONYEKWERENGR59.90

Hammer Throw Women

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Camryn ROGERSCAN77.76
2.DeAnna PRICEUSA76.74
3.Brooke ANDERSENUSA76.34
4.Janee’ KASSANAVOIDUSA74.65
5.Silja KOSONENFIN73.97
6.Annette Nneka ECHIKUNWOKEUSA72.25
7.Janeah STEWARTUSA67.16
8.Jillian WEIRCAN66.94

MEN’S RESULTS

100m Men wind +1.2

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Christian COLEMANUSA9.95
2.Ferdinand OMANYALAKEN9.98
3.Brandon HICKLINUSA10.08
4.Ackeem BLAKEJAM10.12
5.Sandrey DAVISONJAM10.13
6.Rikkoi BRATHWAITEIVB10.19
7.Benjamin AZAMATIGHA10.21
8.Hiroki YANAGITAJPN10.26
9.Brandon CARNESUSA10.33

200m Men wind +1.8

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Kenneth BEDNAREKUSA19.89
2.Courtney LINDSEYUSA20.09
3.Kyree KINGUSA20.15
4.Joseph FAHNBULLEHLBR20.16
5.Alexander OGANDODOM20.27
6.Aaron BROWNCAN20.47
7.Jeremiah CURRYUSA20.69
8.Brandon CARNESUSA20.83
9.Ian KERRBAH20.87

Bowerman Mile Men

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Josh KERRGBR3:45.34
2.Jakob INGEBRIGTSENNOR3:45.60
3.Yared NUGUSEUSA3:46.22
4.Neil GOURLEYGBR3:47.74
5.Jake WIGHTMANGBR3:47.83
6.Reynold Kipkorir CHERUIYOTKEN3:48.59
7.Cole HOCKERUSA3:48.95
8.Geordie BEAMISHNZL3:49.09
9.Oliver HOAREAUS3:49.11
10.Mario GARCÍAESP3:50.14
11.Cameron MYERSAUS3:50.15
12.Abel KIPSANGKEN3:51.82
13.Lamecha GIRMAETH3:53.82
14.Cooper TEAREUSA3:53.92
 Abraham ALVARADOUSADNF
 Hobbs KESSLERUSADNF

10000m Men (Kenyan Olympic Trials)

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Daniel MATEIKOKEN26:50.81
2.Nicholas KIPKORIRKEN26:50.94
3.Benard KIBETKEN26:51.09
4.Edwin KURGATKEN26:51.54
5.Benson KIPLANGATKEN26:55.09
6.Kibiwott KANDIEKEN26:58.97
7.Stanley Waithaka MBURUKEN27:07.37
8.Daniel Simiu EBENYOKEN27:24.33
9.Francis ABONGKEN27:37.68
10.Ronald KWEMOIKEN27:47.72
11.Peter Mwaniki AILAKEN27:49.43
12.Weldon LANGATKEN28:02.55
13.Gideon Kipkertich RONOKEN28:25.19
 Andrew ERNSTUSADNF
 Kasey KNEVELBAARDUSADNF
 Samwel Chebolei MASAIKENDNF

110m Hurdles Men wind -0.1

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Grant HOLLOWAYUSA13.03
2.Daniel ROBERTSUSA13.13
3.Freddie CRITTENDENUSA13.16
4.Hansle PARCHMENTJAM13.28
5.Trey CUNNINGHAMUSA13.29
6.Asier MARTÍNEZESP13.31
7.Shunsuke IZUMIYAJPN13.33
8.Jamal BRITTUSA13.36
9.Cordell TINCHUSA13.38

400m Hurdles Men

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Gerald DRUMMONDCRC48.56
2.Rasmus MÄGIEST48.85
3.CJ ALLENUSA48.99
4.Roshawn CLARKEJAM49.07
5.Malik JAMES-KINGJAM49.51
6.Trevor BASSITTUSA49.62
7.Jaheel HYDEJAM49.83

Shot Put Men

POS.NAMENAT.RESULT
1.Joe KOVACSUSA23.13
2.Payton OTTERDAHLUSA22.16
3.Chukwuebuka Cornnell ENEKWECHINGR21.91
4.Josh AWOTUNDEUSA21.53
5.Tom WALSHNZL21.33
6.Roger STEENUSA20.78
7.Rajindra CAMPBELLJAM20.68
8.Adrian PIPERIUSA20.56

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