Prefontaine Classic Day 1 Results; Two WL Performances

EUGENE, Ore., Sporting Alert – The following are selected results from the first day of competition at the 2016 Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Friday night (27).

Among the winners on the night were Great Britain’s Mo Farah and USA’s Joe Kovacs, who both produced world-leading performances to win their respective events.

Farah sprinted away to victory in the men’s 10,000m with a time of 26 minutes and 53.71 seconds, his third fastest time ever, while winning the 10k for the third time at the Prefontaine Classic.

The World and Olympic champion, who lowered the 27:19.71 by Ethiopia’s Leul Gebrselassie, which was set two-weeks-ago, also won in 2011 and 2015 with sub 27-minute times as well.

A total of 19 runners finished with times faster than 28-minutes, and five of them clocked a time quicker than 27-minutes.

There was also a world-leading performance in the men’s shot put, with American Kovacs throwing a season’s best 22.13m to dominate his rivals.

The Beijing 2015 world champion was bettering his own previous world-leading mark of 21.47m, set at the Triton Invitational on 23 April.

In another Hellen Obiri of Kenya won the women’s 5000m in a personal best of 14:32.02, with the top three runners Viola Kibiwot (14:35.13) and Vivian Cheruiyot (14:35.69) also representing Kenya.

Brittney Reese won the women’s long jump with a mark of 6.92m, Sandra Perkovic of Croatia taking the women’s discus with 68.57m and Pawel Fajdek Poland to the men’s hammer with a mark of 80.28m.

Men’s Results

10, 000m: Mohamed Farah GBR 26:53.71 WL, William Sitonik KEN 26:54.66, Tamirat Tola ETH 26:57.33, Stephen Sambu KEN 26:58.25, Ibrahim Jeilan ETH 26:58.75, Zersenay Tadese ERI 27:00.66, Nicholas Kosimbei KEN 27:02.59, Guye Adola ETH 27:09.78, Vincent Yator KEN 27:25.94, Birhan Nebebew ETH 27:27.30, 11 Imane Merga ETH 27:27.33, Leonard Barsoton KEN 27:31.86, James Mwangi KEN 27:38.97, Teklemariam Medhin Weldeslasie ERI 27:42.34, 15 El Hassan El Abbassi BRN 27:47.29, Eric Jenkins 27:48.02, Stephen Mokoka RSA 27:48.84, Emmanuel Bett KEN 27:53.05, Nguse Tesfaldet ERI 27:57.54, Chris Derrick

Shot Put: Joe Kovacs 22.13m WL; Tom Walsh NZL 20.84, 3 Reese Hoffa 20.58, 4 Tomasz Majewski POL 20.43; 5 Jordan Clarke 20.31, 6 Ryan Crouser 20.27, 7 Tim Nedow CAN 20.20, 8 Kurt Roberts 20.13, 9 Ryan Whiting 19.63, 10 O’Dayne Richards JAM 19.09

Hammer Throw: Paweł Fajdek POL 80.28m, Dilshod Nazarov TJK 78.12, Wojciech Nowicki POL 76.86, Marcel Lomnicky SVK 76.25, Marco Lingua ITA 75.01, Nick Miller GBR 74.89, Krisztián Pars HUN 72.46, Kibwe Johnson 71.78

Women’s Results

5000m: Hellen Obiri KEN 14:32.02, Viola Kibiwot KEN 14:35.13, Vivian Cheruiyot KEN 14:35.69, Mercy Cherono KEN 14:37.08, Belaynesh Oljira ETH 14:42.57, Irene Cheptai KEN 14:43.42, Sally Kipyego KEN 14:43.98, Betsy Saina KEN 14:44.67, Yeshaneh Ababel ETH 14:47.29, Alemitu Haroye ETH 14:47.30, Molly Huddle 14:48.14, Gelete Burka ETH 14:59.94, Kim Conley 15:10.69, Marielle Hall 15:20.60, Nicole Tully 16:18.49,

Long Jump: Brittney Reese 6.92m, Ivana Španović SRB 6.88, Lorraine Ugen GBR 6.76, Blessing Okagbare NGR 6.73, Christabel Nettey CAN 6.68, Janay DeLoach 6.59, Tianna Bartoletta 6.48, Shara Proctor GBR 6.39,

Discus Throw: Sandra Perkovic CRO 68.57m, Nadine Müller GER 65.31, Mélina Robert-Michon FRA 63.69, 4 Shanice Craft GER 63.28, Whitney Ashley 62.03, Julia Fischer GER 61.91, Jade Lally GBR 61.83

National Events 800: Alysia Montano 2:00.78, Kate Grace 2:01.16, Chrishuna Williams 2:01.69,Chanelle Price 2:01.87, Molly Ludlow 2:01.99, McKayla Fricker 2:02.27, Laura Roesler 2:02.27, Charlene Lipsey 2:04.88, Stephanie Brown 2:05.84

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