Bronze medalist Noah Lyles of Team United States and silver medalist Kenneth Bednarek of Team United States celebrate after the Men's 200 meter Final at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
The country’s top track and field athletes will be in Eugene, Oregon, next month for the national championships. Three weeks later TrackTown USA will welcome the best from across the globe to compete in the world championships.
This weekend, fans can get a preview of both.
More than a dozen individual Olympic medalists, and many of the biggest names in U.S. track and field, are set to compete in the Prefontaine Classic. The lone U.S.-based Diamond League event of the season is set for 3:20 p.m. ET on Saturday with competition across 14 events. A slate of high-profile distance races, which aren’t part of the Diamond League, precede the event on Friday night.
The Prefontaine Classic kicks off a summer of high-level track and field at the Hayward Field, which reopened in spring 2020 following a massive overhaul. The USATF Outdoor Championships are set for June 23-26, with the world championships taking place July 15-24. The latter, which was originally scheduled for 2021 but postponed due to the pandemic, will be held in the U.S. for the first time.
The new Hayward Field has already played host to several memorable events, including NCAA championships, last year’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials as well as the 2021 Prefontaine Classic, which saw several record-setting performances by some of the sport’s biggest names in a meet that took place just weeks after the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
More of that could be in store for this weekend with some of the biggest names in international track joining a who’s-who of top Americans. Among the U.S. athletes set to compete Saturday are Olympic medalists Valerie Allman, Ryan Crouser, Courtney Frerichs, Keni Harrison, Fred Kerley, Noah Lyles, Clayton Murphy, Michael Norman and Raevyn Rogers — to name just a few. And that’s not to mention Sha’Carri Richardson, who is set for a big-time showdown in the women’s 100-meter.
Here are five events you won’t want to miss.