2018 Pre Classic Diary: Baker Beats Coleman!


Baker_RonnieFHH-Pre18.JPGRonnie Baker wins 100 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Houlihan_ShelbyFHH-Pre18.JPGShelby Houlihan wins 1,500 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 44th Pre Classic lived up to its hype. There were events for every fan. From the 100 meters to the pole vault, to the shot put. Each field had surprises. Ronnie Baker's race was a case in point. The biggest surprise? Perhaps the women's 1,500 meters, where Shelby Houlihan ran down the field.

Here's the highlight video!

Baker beats Coleman
EUGENE (USA, May 26): The 44th edition of Prefontaine Classic, the last one (12 667 capacity crowd) in current stadium, saw in total 8 World leads (including Friday´s 2 miles) and meet records in 4 events (including Friday´s javelin) and from this three are also stadium records. Christian Taylor scored fourth Pre win in triple and Genzebe Dibaba third in the 5000 m. World leads were not registered in men´s 100 m and 110 m Hurdles due to wind over allowed limit. Again new names appeared among winners with Houlihan over 1500 m and Kigen in steeple.
Event by event
100 m (non-DL): Ronnie Baker upset Christian Coleman 9.78 to 9.84 with Shanghai winner Reece Prescod third with 9.88. Wind reading disallowable at 2.4 m/s.
200 m: Noah Lyles tied the world-lead with huge PB 19.69 with a 2.0 m/s tailwind, moving to equal tenth on the world all-time lists. Nobody else was under 20 seconds as Isaac Makwala pulled up.
Bowerman Mile (non-DL): Timothy Cheruiyot pulled away for a clear win in 3:49.87 WL ahead of world indoor champion Samuel Tefera (3:51.26) and world outdoor champion Elijah Manangoi (3:52.18). Jakob Ingebrigtsen, 17, finished fourth in 3:52.28 to break the 39-year-old European U20 record with Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz sixth in 3:53.61.
International Mile (non-DL): Australia's Luke Mathews led 12 runners under the four-minute barrier in the International Mile in 3:57.02 and recorded the 400th sub-four minute mile in Prefontaine history.
3000 m SC: Shock result with Kenya's Benjamin Kigen winning in a 8:09.07 PB and WL from Conseslus Kipruto (8:11.71) and Evan Jager (8:11.71).
110mH: Same order as the World Championships with Omar McLeod (13.01) winning from Sergey Shubenkov (13.08) with a 3.0 m/s tailwind.
HJ: Mutaz Essa Barshim won with 2.36m (passed 234) before three attempts at 2.42m ahead of world indoor champion Danil Lysenko (2.32m).
TJ: Christian Taylor went out to 17.73m in the sixth round to defeat teammate Will Claye (17.46m).
SP: Ryan Crouser extended his meeting record to 22.53m and his four other valid throws were all excellent (21.98m, 21.82m, 22.12m and 21.94m). Michal Haratyk improved Tomasz Majewski's Polish outdoor record to 21.97m with Brazil's Darlan Romani improving again South American record to 21.95m. Tom Walsh was fourth in 21.84m. First time in history four athletes have surpassed 21.80m in the same competition. There also long fouls by Romani and Walsh in last round.
100m: Back-to-back Diamond League wins for Marie-Josee Ta Lou over 100m in 10.88 ahead of Murielle Ahoure (10.90) and Elaine Thompson (10.98). World champion Tori Bowie pulled up injured in fifth in 11.03.
400m: Shaunae Miller-Uibo dominated on her season's debut at the distance, winning in a world-lead of 49.52 (tied her 3rd fastest ever) with world champion Phyllis Francis a distant second in 50.81.
800m: Caster Semenya smashed the meeting/stadium record with 1:55.92 WL from Ajee' Wilson (1:56.86) and world indoor champion Francine Niyonsaba (1:56.88).
1500m: Another surprise winner Shelby Houlihan who shattered her PB from 4:03.39 to 3:59.06 WL ahead of Laura Muir (3:59.30 EL) and Jenny Simpson (3:59.37) while Morocco's Rababe Arafi was fourth with a 3:59.51 PB. Linden Hell broke the Australian record in sixth with 4:00.86.
5000m: Genzebe Dibaba won in a world-leading 14:26.89 from Ethiopian teammate Letesenbet Gidey in 14:30.29. World champion Hellen Obiri was third in 14:35.03.
400mH: Janieve Russell left it late to overturn the result in Shanghai, winning in 54.06 from Dalilah Muhammad in 54.09.
PV: Veteran Jenn Suhr maintained her good early season form, winning on countback from Eliza McCartney, who improved her Oceanian record, at 4.85m. For both new meet record. Global champions Sandi Morris (4.70m) and Ekaterini Stefanidi (4.60m) were third and seventh respectively.

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