Trayvon Bromell of United States wins the 100 meter during the Wanda Diamond League Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field on May 28, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
Two months before track and field’s biggest stars head to Hayward Field for the world championships, some of the top U.S. athletes shined on the same Eugene, Oregon, track this weekend at the Prefontaine Classic.
Americans won four events and reached the podium 15 times in the prestigious meet, which is the lone U.S. stop on the Diamond League circuit this season.
Like a fireworks show, the highlight-heavy competition reached a crescendo for Team USA in the final event Saturday.
In a men’s 100-meter field loaded with Olympic and world championships medalists, Trayvon Bromell led a 1-2-3-4 American finish. The fastest man in the world by time last year, Bromell crossed the line in 9.93 seconds, holding off Tokyo silver medalist Fred Kerley, who finished in 9.98. Bromell might have run even faster, but comfortably in the lead he raised his arms in celebration before crossing the finish line.
Defending 100-meter world champion Christian Coleman was third in 10.04, followed by defending 200-meter world champion Noah Lyles in 10.05.
Another U.S. Olympian, 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton, was sixth, and Kenny Bednarek, the 200-meter silver medalist at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, was seventh. Canada’s Andre De Grasse, who won the 100 and was third in the 200 in Tokyo, took ninth.
Valarie Allman got things started on Friday night with another dominant win in the women’s discus. The reigning Olympic champion and current American record holder won with a throw of 68.35 meters. Sandra Perkovic of Serbia, who won the previous two Olympic gold medals in the event, was second with a best throw of 65.50 meters.
“Competing here on home soil definitely felt different,” Allman said. “My motivation kicked in as soon as the competition started. I was happy with the result, the win in my first Pre Classic. It felt really good.”
Michael Norman posted one of the most dominant performances on Saturday. Following a disappointing performance in Tokyo, where he the favorite in the men’s 400-meter but ended in fifth, Norman charged to victory in a world-leading 43.60 seconds, which also set a new meet record. Grenada’s Kirani James, a medalist in the event at each of the last three Olympics, was .42 behind Norman in second.