Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Battle Royale: Prefontaine Classic 2-Mile

Look for an epic showdown on Saturday, June 4th at Hayward Field as Tom Jordan has assembled an incredible field for what looks to be the marquee event of the Prefontaine Classic; the Mens 2-Mile. Look for the field to take a run at Craig Mottram's meet record of 8:03.50 (and possibly Daniel Komen's world record of 7:58 if the pacing's hot). Also, Matt Tegenkamp's US record of 8:07.07 will be up for grabs as well as Lagat, Teg, Rupp and Solinsky will all be gunning for it. Look for Lukas Verzbicas to make a serious run at German Fernandez's high school record of 8:34.40 as well. The event will be broadcast on NBC, hopefully in it's entirety, without commercial. Here's a link to a blast from the past, the 2006 Prefontaine Classic 2-mile where Adam Goucher and Daniel Lincoln put a serious effort in against the Kenyans. 2011 should be even better!

Here's the official field:
  • Bernard Lagat, USA.  
  • Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya
  • Tariku Bekele, Ethiopia
  • Alamirew Yenew, Ethiopia
  • Edwin Soi, Kenya
  • Matt Tegenkamp, USA
  • David Bett, Kenya.
  • Chris Solinsky, USA.
  • Galen Rupp, USA
  • Mo Farah, Great Britain
  • Mark Kiptoo, Kenya
  • Collis Birmingham, Australia
  • Isaiah Kiplangat Koech, Kenya
  • Chris Thompson, Great Britain
  • Lukas Verzbicas, USA
And check out the pick'em that Runnerspace is hosting on Facebook as well to place your bet on who will triumph!

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