EUGENE, Ore. — Athletes from all across the world shattered record after record Saturday as they toed up to the starting line during day two of the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic.
After Olympian and former Oregon standout Galen Rupp set a new American record in the men’s 10000 meter competition Friday night with an official time of 26 minutes, 44. 36 seconds, many more records were broken on Saturday.
Of these records, the most notable would include Ayanieh Souleima’s 3 minute, 47.32 seconds win in the Bowerman Mile, which set a new world record, Diamond League record, Prefontaine Classic meet record, and a national record. The Bowerman Mile is held in honor of former Oregon track and field coach Bill Bowerman, who coached State Prefontaine during his tenure at the helm of Oregon’s track and field program.
Other notable performances include James Kirani’s 43.97 finish in the men’s 400 meter sprint. His finish set a new world record and was the first sub-44 second 400 meter run during the 2014 outdoor season.
In addition to Kirani’s record, other world leading records include Leonel Manzano’s win in the men’s international mile, Kaliese Spencer’s win in the women’s 400 meter competition, Sofia Assefa’s win in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase race, Hellen Obiri’s win in the women’s 15000 meter run, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde’s win in the men’s 100 meter hurdle competition, Tori Bowie’s win in the women’s 200 meter sprint, and Nijel Amos’ win in the men’s 800 meter race.
In total, during day two of the Prefontaine Classic, nine world records were set, with eight of those being on the track and one of those being in a field event.
The Prefontaine Classic is held annually at Hayward Field in honor of Steve Prefontaine, a former Oregon standout whose national and international presence is still felt across the world to track and field fans.
In total, for this year’s edition of the classic, there were over 250 athletes from across the world, who competed in 24 events over the two-day competition. 41 of these athletes won medals during last year’s World Championship in Moscow, Russia.