Nike Pre Classic: Metal Mania! Cantwell, Majewski, Hoffa, Martin,Nelson Whiting, release, note by Larry Eder

Some may just find their zen moments considering the sound of one hand clapping. There are others (and perhaps, you are in this group), who find their zen moment watching fifteen guys break four minutes for the mile, or, in this case, watching the top ranked shot putters in the world, put a sixteen pound ball of metal seventy-plus feet! That, my friends, is Metal Mania! And, at the Nike Pre Classic, meet director Tom Jordan has announced a stellar shot field. Less than a month to go, sportsfans, until we go to the cathedral of track & field that is Hayward Field, and worship the gods of track & field for several hours, as they, run, jump and throw to, well, world leading performances! 

  Cantwell_Christian-Pre09.JPGChrisChristian Cantwell, Nike Pre 2009, photo by

            Eugene, Oregon--Gold medalists headline the shot put and discus throw at the 36th annual Prefontaine Classic on July 3rd at Hayward Field.

            Berlin World Champion Christian Cantwell of the USA and Beijing Olympic Champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia head fields that have won an astonishing 20 Olympic and World Championships medals among them.

            Cantwell, ranked No. 1 in the world last year by Track & Field News magazine, will be pressed in the shot by reigning Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski of Poland,  Reese Hoffa, dominator at the Osaka World Championships,  world-leader Cory Martin, newly minted NCAA champion Ryan Whiting , who just joined the 72-foot club, and crowd favorite Adam Nelson , twice the Olympic silver medalist.  In all, the field includes the Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9 throwers from last year.

            Backing up Kanter in the discus are two-time Olympic gold medalist Virgilijus Alekna from Lithuania, America's No. 1, Casey Malone; Athens Olympic silver medalist Zoltan Kovago of Hungary, and Beijing silver medalist Piotr Malachowski of Poland.  Throwers 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 last year by T&FN make this discus field the most decorated in Pre Classic history.

            The NIKE Prefontaine Classic will be shown live on NBC and to an international audience in more than 100 countries. Tickets are still available from 1-800-WEBFOOT or

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