Ingebrigtsen ends memorable meeting with final record
By the time the Bowerman Mile riders lined up for the last event of the Préfontaine Classic, there were already eight competition records, six world records and two Diamond-League records.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen made sure to add his name to this group of records.
The 20-year-old Norwegian, who won Olympic gold two weeks ago in Tokyo, won the flagship pre-classic event at Hayward Field on Saturday afternoon in 3 minutes 47.24 seconds, which was also a national record.
“Obviously, running at Hayward Field is always a great experience for milers,” said Ingebrigtsen. “Always a good time to run here. To be able to run that fast and win is just amazing.”
Ingebrigtsen stormed Australian Stewart McSweyn in the lead with 250 meters to go and gave a big kick for the win.
McSweyn was second in 3: 48.40 and two-time Bowerman Mile champion Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya third in 3: 51.17.
“I really like to run and compete,” said Ingebrigtsen. “Being able to win races is every athlete’s dream. It’s great to be able to be here and participate in this great competition.”
Matthew Centrowitz, the former Oregon star and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, was ninth in 3: 53.32. Centrowitz started the race from behind and had no chance to catch up as Ingebrigtsen and McSweyn picked up the pace.
The encounter marked the return of the pre-classic to Hayward Field after a three-year absence due to stadium renovations and the cancellation of the 2020 fixture due to COVID-19. An announced crowd of 8,937 was in attendance, making it the largest crowd at Hayward Field since it reopened in April.
Jamaican shines again in 100
Elaine Thompson-Herah and her Jamaican teammates made the confrontation with American Sha’Carri Richardson a draw.
Thompson-Herah, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 100 meters, ran the second fastest time in history in the women’s 100 meters with her victory in 10.54 – a Diamond League record, of the competition and Jamaica. The only woman who ran faster is world record holder Florence Griffith Joyner at 10.49.
“I ran 10.5 and I think I have so much more,” said Thompson-Herah. “I still have a few races. I don’t want to be too excited, too carried away. I still have a mission to accomplish.
Right on his heels, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.73) and Shericka Jackson (10.76), duplicating their arrival in Tokyo.
In last place was American champion Richardson, who has not competed since the Olympic trials due to a marijuana drug suspension. Richardson ran on 11.14.
“I am a warrior,” said Richardson. “My passion will always come out. This past month has been a journey for me. This is no excuse because I am an athlete. Today was a day, but it’s not every day. This is not the end of the world. If you choose to count me, the joke is on you. “
Richardson was also entered in the 200m, but withdrew from that race before competition began on Saturday.
Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland won the 200m in 22.06, while American bronze medalist Gabby Thomas was second in 22.11.
“I wanted to be competitive,” said Thomas. “I didn’t want to go out there and run a mediocre time. I wanted to come to Hayward and compete because it’s my first time at Préfontaine (Classic). I wanted it to be memorable. It was a tough race, but I competed.
Former Oregon star and two-time Olympian Jenna Prandini was fourth in 22.36 and Allyson Felix was eighth in 22.60.
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De Grasse and Lyles obtain redemption
André de Grasse returned to Canada with two individual Olympic medals, winning gold in the 200 and bronze in the 100.
Facing another Olympic-quality field in the pre-classic men’s 100m, de Grasse emerged victorious, running a (plus-2.9) 9.74 with the help of the wind.
“I felt like in Tokyo I hadn’t really performed in the final,” said De Grasse. “I could have done better. So it was good to finally come here and come out of the blocks well and run a quick time. I felt like there was less pressure. The Olympics are over. Now all of these races are just for fun, to enjoy the moment.
Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley was second in 9.78 and fellow American Ronnie Backer was third in 9.82.
In his first race since his disappointing arrival in Tokyo, Noah Lyles won the 200 with a world record of 19.52.
Lyles was considered the Olympic favorite ahead of the Summer Games, but settled for bronze. Silver medalist Kenny Bednarek was second in 19.80 and Josephus Lyles third in PR 20.03.
“I’m excited,” Noah Lyles said. “I’m very happy. I came here and knew I could create something special. I’m just excited to see it.
Mu resets his own record of 800
The last race of Athing Mu’s long and illustrious season was the best of his short career.
The 800 prodigy and Olympic gold medalist broke her own American record with a victory of 1: 55.04 over a field that included all three Tokyo medalists.
Mu, 19, who ended his one and only season at Texas A&M with an NCAA 400 title in June, set the US record for the first time with his victory in Tokyo in 1: 55.21.
On Saturday she had a sizable lead as point guard Kaylin Whitney led them into the first lap clocking 54.19. When Mu crossed the finish line, there was no one on his heels.
“I knew it was probably going to be a little more difficult because I had just finished the Olympics and was running a PR there,” Mu said. “So I wasn’t looking for the time, I just wanted to come here and run with whoever is there and just be competitive.… Very satisfied with 1:55. A PR again this season is pretty good.”
American Kate Grace was second in 1: 57.60 and Jamaican Natoya Goule third in 1: 57.71. Olympic bronze medalist Raevyn Rogers was fourth in 1: 58.01 and silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain fifth in 1: 58.30.
In the men’s 800m, Canadian Marco Arop made a late move to take the lead and then hit the stretch to win in 1: 44.51, beating Tokyo’s top two medalists. Silver medalist Ferguson Rotich was second in 1: 45.02 and compatriot Kenyan Emmanuel Korir, the Olympic champion, was third in 1: 45.05.
Arop finished seventh in his Olympic semi-final and did not make the final.
More records for Crouser
The world’s best men’s shot putter had another record-breaking outing at Hayward Field.
Ryan Crouser, who broke the world record at the Olympic track and field trials in the United States in June, won Saturday’s competition in that fourth attempt with a throw of 75-11 1/2 to set the record for the Diamond League and the match.
Overall, the two-time Olympic champion Boring made four throws of at least 75 feet.
“I would be happy if it was a regular day at the office,” Crouser said. “I felt good here today in competition. I was really happy with today’s performance because I felt like I was having a bit of trouble warming up. I shook up the uncertainty a bit at the start. I was really happy with my execution after a major championship.
Brazilian Darlan Romani was second at 71-2 and Olympic silver medalist Joe Kovacs was third at 71-11 3/4.
American record for the Frerichs in steeplechase
There was no Olympic hangover for Courtney Frerichs.
The 3000 steeplechase silver medalist in Tokyo became the first American to run under 9:00 when she clocked 8: 57.77 for second place.
“I really wanted to focus on competing today,” said Frerichs. “I found the times were coming if I focused on the competition and not on the pace. I think that was a really good frame of mind because going out in 66 (seconds) is definitely not how I expected it to be. But I think that by focusing on the competition, I was not shaken by the pace. “
Frerichs, who is a member of Portland’s BTC, also held the previous US record of 9:00.85 a.m. as of 2018.
She said being on the track again after her performance in Tokyo made her feel good.
“Physically I was in a great position,” she said. “When you’ve been thinking about a race for five years and suddenly it’s over, you kind of want to reset and take the time to figure out your next goals. “
Saturday’s winner was Kenyan Norah Jeruto, who set a world record of 8: 53.65.
“The race was very good for me,” said Jeruto. “I was prepared for this race today.”
Jeruto, who did not compete in Tokyo, beat a field that included all three medalists.
Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai of Uganda was seventh in 9: 10.87 and bronze medalist Hyvin Kiyeng of Kenya third in 9: 00.05.
- Faith Kipyegon took the victory in the women’s 1,500m as the two-time Olympic gold medalist won by more than six seconds setting the competition record with a time of 3: 53.23. Australian Linden Hall was second in 3: 59.73 and American Josette Norris third in 4: 00.07. It was a tough race for Briton Laura Muir, who won silver in Tokyo. She was 12th on Saturday in 4: 05.92. Former Oregon star Jessica Hull, Olympic finalist for Australia, was 11th in 4: 05.33.
- Olympic champion Pedro Pichardo of Portugal won the men’s triple jump 57-10 1/4. Pichardo took the lead when he got a 56-6-3 / 4 record on his first jump, then unnecessarily extended his advantage on his final jump. Hugues Fabrice Zango, the bronze medalist from Burkina Faso was second at 56-2 and American Donald Scott third at 55-10 1/2.
- American Dalilah Muhammad set the competition record in the women’s 400m hurdles with her victory in 52.77. American Shamier Little was second in 53.79 and Panamanian Gianna Woodruff was third in 54.20.
- US Olympic gold medalist Katie Nageotte won the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 15-9 3/4. Bronze medalist Holly Bradshaw of Great Britain was second at 15-5 3/4 and American Olivia Gruver was third at 14-10.
- Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei broke the band and hammered his chest as the 5000m Olympic champion won the men’s 2 mile in a world record of 8: 09.55. Ethiopian Selemon Barega was second in 8: 09.82 and American Paul Chelimo, bronze medalist in the 5,000m, third in 8: 09.83.
- Iryna Gerashcenko of Ukraine defeated American Vashti Cunningham in the jump-off to win the women’s high jump. Both managed 6-6 – which was the best of the season for Gerashcenko, who managed 18 jumps in total. Poland’s Kamila Licwinko finished third with 6-2 3/4.
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