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EUGENE, United States, Apr 25 – Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon as well as also 5000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri will lead a stellar 1500m field at This kind of year’s Prefontaine Classic on 27 May which could see the most sub-four-minute times ever recorded at the IAAF Diamond League meeting.
Seven of the 15 entrants already have lifetime bests within four minutes, as well as also when they toe the line on May 27, This kind of will be the most ever in one race inside the US.
Their challenge will be to surpass the current record for the most sub-four-minute performances at the Pre Classic, which currently stands at several, achieved in 2014.
Kipyegon won the Olympic 1500m title last year that has a stunning finish in which saw her cover the last two laps in 1:57.2, giving world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba her first loss in almost two years.
the planet silver medallist clocked a PB as well as also US all-comers’ record of 3:56.41 when winning the 1500m at last year’s Pre Classic.
Obiri held the Kenyan record as well as also US all-comers’ record before Kipyegon. Last year she won the 5000m at the Pre Classic as well as also went on to take the Olympic silver medal in in which event. She ended her season by setting a 5000m PB of 14:25.78.
Laura Muir is usually the 2016 1500m Diamond Race winner. Last year she reduced the British to 3:55.22, generating her the second-fastest woman This kind of millennium as well as also the quickest woman at This kind of year’s Pre Classic.
that has a best of 3:56.05, world indoor champion Sifan Hassan is usually the second fastest inside the field. Hassan took the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 as well as also went on to win the Diamond Race in which season.
With her third-place finish in Rio, Jenny Simpson earned USA’s first Olympic medal in This kind of event. This kind of followed on by her world title in 2011 as well as also world silver medal in 2013.
She has bettered the four-minute barrier on eight occasions as well as also owns a career 18-9 edge over domestic rival Shannon Rowbury inside the 1500m as well as also mile.
Rowbury, the 2009 world bronze medallist, has finished inside the top eight at the past three Olympic Games. The 32-year-old holds the North American records for 1500m as well as also 5000m at 3:56.29 as well as also 14:38.92 respectively.
Dawit Seyaum as well as also Gudaf Tsegay were gold as well as also silver medallists respectively at the 2014 World Junior Championships held at Hayward Field as well as also last year they returned to Oregon to take the silver as well as also bronze medals inside the 1500m at the planet Indoor Championships in Portland.
They will be joined at This kind of year’s Pre Classic by fellow Ethiopian Axumawit Embaye, the 2014 world indoor silver medallist.
USA’s Kate Grace as well as also Shelby Houlihan were both finalists in their first Olympics last year. Grace finished eighth inside the 800m, while Houlihan was 11th inside the 5000m.
Morocco’s Rababe Arafi was the only woman to reach the finals of both the 800m as well as also 1500m at the 2015 World Championships, finishing fourth as well as also ninth respectively.
Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui was an Olympic finalist last year. During the winter season she won the European under-23 cross-country title as well as also earned 1500m bronze at the European Indoor Championships.
2017 IAAF Diamond League calendar
5 May – Doha, QAT
13 May – Shanghai, CHN
27 May – Eugene, USA
8 Jun – Rome, ITA
15 Jun – Oslo, NOR
18 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
1 Jul – Paris, FRA
6 Jul – Lausanne, SUI
9 Jul – London, GBR
16 Jul – Rabat, MAR
21 Jul – Monaco, MON
20 Aug – Birmingham, GBR
24 Aug – Zurich, SUI
1 Sep – Brussels, BEL
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