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Five For Friday: Track And Field

By Paul D. Bowker | May 25, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Tori Bowie celebrates winning the women's 200-meter at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field on July 10, 2016 in Eugene, Ore.


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Two years out from the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the two-day Prefontaine Classic this weekend at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, promises to deliver a number of memorable performances.

Reigning world champion Justin Gatlin, world silver medalist Christian Coleman, world champion Tori Bowie and 2014 Youth Olympic champion Noah Lyles are among a stacked field of Olympians and 2020 Olympic hopefuls entered in the meet.

But that’s not all. A whopping 14 Diamond League events are being held over two days at the Prefontaine Classic, which is the third stop of the 2018 season and the only U.S. stop.

The competition begins Friday with the men’s javelin.

Saturday’s events include Bowie, who won silver and bronze in the 100- and 200-meter at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, battling 2016 Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica in the women’s 100.

Coleman, Lyles and Ameer Webb are among nine entrants in the men’s 200. The men’s 100 features Gatlin, Coleman, Ronnie Baker and Isiah Young among a field of eight in the non-Diamond League showdown.

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Other Olympians in the competition include nine-time Olympic medalist Allyson Felix in the women’s 400 and 2016 Olympian Ajee Wilson in the women’s 800.

Distance events will also be featured, including three-time Olympian Jenny Simpson and 2016 Olympian Kate Grace in the women’s 1,500, and Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz, Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy and 2016 Olympian Ben Blankenship in the Bowerman Mile.

The field events on Saturday include Jenn Suhr, a three-time Olympian who won gold at the Olympic Games London 2012, among three Americans in the women’s pole vault, and two-time Olympic champion Christian Taylor among three Americans in the men’s triple jump.

TV: 11 pm. ET Friday, NBCSN; 4 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.