Nine Deep thoughts on the 2021 Nike Pre Classic


The Nike Prefontaine Classic is an important meet. Begun in 1985, the Nike Pre Classic celebrates the life and legacy of the iconic Steve Prefontaine, an American record holder from 2000m to 10,000m, died at the age of 25. He was full of promise, life, and mischievousness. Kenny Moore, the 1968 and 1972 Olympian, and Sports Illustrated writer, once referred to Steve Prefontaine as a satyr. Okay, I will take that one on.

stoppre-thumb-500x500-11920.jpgSteve Prefontaine, 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials, just after he won 5000m

To the friends of Steve Prefontaine, he enjoyed field events and track events. Meet Director Tom Jordan has worked with the Nike sports marketing team each year to bring in amazing event after amazing event. Even in this year of COVID-19, Nike has been able to put this meet together, to celebrate the global importance of the sport.

Enjoy the entire meet, Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21!

Here are nine of my deep thoughts on the meet!

Deep Thought 1: Sifan Hassan just took three Olympic medals: bronze in 1,500m, 5,000m in gold and 10,000m in gold. Plus she fell in a 1,500m heat, got up, and ran 43.7 for the last 300m to move on the 1,500m semi. Can Sifan Hassan break the 5,000m of 14:06.62? It will be the toughest attempt she has made. Check out the release on Sifan going for 5000m at Nike Pre Classic:

Deep Thought 2: Sha'Carrie Richardson will take on all 100m medalists from Tokyo! We all know that Sha'Carrie took a 30 day ban due to THC being found in her system. Now, Sha'Carrie gets a chance to battle Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, among others. Truth, while this will be an exciting race, we will never know what would have happened in Tokyo. Elaine and Shelly-Ann were there. Case Closed.

Deep Thought 3: Men's 100m and 200m stars will be battling the Men's 100m in Eugene. Fred Kerley, Andre De Grasse, Ronnie Baker will battle for a fast time and bragging rights at Pre 2021. I guess no one gives Fred any trouble about moving from the 400m anymore! And I still have not gotten over Andre De Grasse talking to his kids and Nia Ali in Tokyo! One of the kids asked when Dad was coming home.

Deep Thought 4: Come on, who was going to beat Faith Kipyegon? Sifan Hassan got a good win in early, but she has an appointment with 12.5 laps (and then, in Brussels, 25 laps). Faith Kipyegon can break 3:50, I am sure. Laura Muir wants a fast one, and we want to see some screamingly fast times in Eugene!

Deep Thought 5: The women's high jump was one of the finest fields in Tokyo. We are hoping Mariya Lasitskene, who just took her first Olympic medal, gets to visit Eugene. Yarislava Muhuchikh can entertain the fans all by herself, and she looks like she can go 2.04m, 2.06m this season.

Deep Thought 6: The men's 5000m was one of the most deeply satisfying events in Tokyo. Joshua Cheptegai took home his 5000m gold to Uganda, Mo Ahmed sprinted to silver for Canada (and Wisconsin), and Paul Chelimo delivered another close one for the US! Eugene looks like a fast one! Can we see the fastest time 2 mile time in North America!

Deep Thought 7: Pablo Pichardo came oh so close to 18 meters and Hughes Fabrice Zango took the bronze, giving Burkina Faso its first Olympic medal. What will have to happen to get them over 18 meters?

Deep Thought 8: The women's 800 meters was a satisfying race. Athing Mu and Keely Hodgkinson ran away from the field, and Rayven Rogers thought she was in Doha, running into bronze with focus and speed. Can Rayven break up Athing and Keely? I think so! This is track and field!

Deep Thought 9: Hey, let's face it. This is the Ryan Crouser's world. We just live in it. Ryan told us early in 2021, that 23.50 is possible! Maybe he can do it in Eugene? With Joe Kovacs coming down from the mountains again, will he battle Ryan. And what about Tomas Walsh?

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