Tegenkamp, Komen, Symmonds wow crowd at Prefontaine Classic

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    EUGENE, Ore.- 2007 USA Indoor 3,000m champion Matt Tegenkamp set an American record in front of a standing room only crowd Sunday at the 2007 Nike Prefontaine Classic at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., which is the fourth event of USA Track & Field's 2007 Outdoor Visa Championship Series.

    Tegenkamp finished third in men's two mile race in the American record time of 8 minutes 7.07 seconds, which betters the previous American standard of 8:11.48 set here in 2005 by Alan Webb. Tegenkamp was led to the finish line by Australia's Craig Mottram, who won the race in 8:03.50, which is the sixth-fastest performance all-time in the two-mile. Ethiopia's Tariku Bekele was the runner-up in 8:04.83, which is the eighth-fastest time ever.

    Komen wins amazing Bowerman Mile

    Kenyan Daniel K. Komen ran the fastest time ever on American soil to win the signature event of the Nike Prefontaine Classic, the Bowerman Mile. In a race that saw nine competitors finish under the 4-minute barrier, Komen was victorious in a blistering time of 3 minutes 48.28 seconds, which is the fastest time in the world this year. Two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat was the runner-up in 3:50.56, which is the fastest time by an American this season.

    Symmonds simmers in front of home crowd

    In the most crowd-pleasing performance of the day, Oregon Track Club member and Eugene resident Nick Symmonds came from fifth place off the final turn, and with a furious kick down the main straightaway, grabbed the lead just in front of the finish line to win the men's 800 meters. The reigning USA Indoor 800m champion, whose star is ascending quickly, Symmonds winning time of 1 minute 44.54 seconds is the second-fastest time in the world this season. Russia's Yuriy Borzakovskiy was the runner-up in 1:44.71 and U.S. champion Khadevis Robinson was third in 1:44.99.

    Richards wins season debut

    In her first competition of the season, 2006 World Athlete of the Year Sanya Richards was victorious in the women's 400 meters in 50.74 seconds. Although Richards held on for the win, Mary Wineberg made a furious charge at the finish before finishing second in 50.95 seconds. 2004 Olympic relay gold medalist Monique Henderson was third in 51.43.

    The women's 1,500 meters provided the two fastest times in the world this year and the fastest time by an American this season. Ethiopia's Gelete Berka was hardly challenged in winning the race in the fastest time in the world this year of 4 minutes 0.48 seconds. Yuliya Chizhenko-Fomenko of Russia was the runner-up in the second-fastest time in the world this season of 4:02.98, and 2007 Visa champion and 2004 Olympian Shalane Flanagan posted the fastest time by an American this season in the new personal best clocking of 4:05.86.

    Carter comes from behind to win competitive men's 200m

    In a race that was in doubt until the finish, men's 100m world record holder Asafa Powell came off the final turn in the lead before being passed by reigning U.S. Outdoor 200m champion Wallace Spearmon, who held the lead until passed by eventual winner Xavier Carter with roughly 15 meters to go. Carter, who entered this season ranked #2 in the world, won the race in 20.23 seconds, with Spearmon second in 20.25. Powell finished in third place in 20.55.

    Mutola continues to amaze!

    Maria Mutola of Mozambique, who has been ranked in the top ten in the world a record 16 consecutive years, continued her amazing string of success at the Pre Classic with yet another win in the time of 1 minute 58.33 seconds, which is the fastest time in the world this year. For Mutola, it was her 15th consecutive win at the Pre Classic, where she is undefeated. Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair was the runner-up in 1:58.61. Americans Alice Schmidt (1:58.75) and Hazel Clark (1:59.60) were third and fourth respectively.

    In the women's 400m hurdles, Melaine Walker of Jamaica set a new Prefontaine Classic meet record and posted the fastest time in the world this year with her winning time of 54.14 seconds. Her time bettered the previous meet record of 55.10 by Tonja Buford-Bailey from 1996. 2004 Olympian and 2006 U.S. national runner-up Sheena Johnson was second in 54.44.

    Xiang wins men's 110m hurdles

    Olympic champion and world record holder Liu Xiang of China was the winner in the men's 110m hurdles, but received a scare in the process. American record holder Dominique Arnold held a slight lead before clipping the sixth hurdle and hitting the seventh hurdle, which caused him to lose his rhythm and stop. Xiang went on to win in 13.23 seconds, with Anwar Moore the runner-up in 13.24.

    A tight battle down the stretch was waged in the men's 400 meters between Gary Kikaya of The Congo and American LaShawn Merritt. Kikaya, who entered the 2007 season ranked #2 in the world, managed to grab the lead with 15 meters to go and hold on for the win in 44.98 seconds. Merritt, who won here last year, was the runner-up in 45.17 seconds, and 2000 Olympic 400m hurdles gold medalist Angelo Taylor was third in 45.23.

    Edwards wins women's 100 meters convincingly

    The highly anticipated women's 100m match-up was decided at the midway point when 2003 world champion Torri Edwards took full command before leading the field to the finish in 11.10 seconds. Muna Lee was the runner-up in 11.21 seconds, with reigning world 200m champion Allyson Felix third in 11.27 and 2005 World Outdoor champion Lauryn Williams fourth in 11.30.

    Perry edges Powell in women's hudles

    The world's best women's 100m hurdler passed a stiff test Sunday when Michelle Perry passed reigning USA Outdoor Champion Ginnie Powell coming off the final hurdle and hung on for the win in the second-fastest time in the world this year of 12.51 seconds. Perry was the runner-up in 12.58 seconds, with Lolo Jones third in 12.80.

    Koech sets Hayward Field record

    Paul Koech of Kenya, who ended the last two seasons ranked #2 in the world in the men's steeplechase, dominated that event with a new Hayward Field record time of 8 minutes 8.8 seconds. Koech's performance is the second best in the world this year and bettered the previous facility record of 8:12.39 set by Kenyan Henry Rono in 1978. Josh McAdam's runner-up time of 8:21.36 is the fastest by an American this year.

    In other events, the men's 100 meters was won by Darrel Brown of Trinidad, who crossed the finish line in 10.42 seconds. Leroy Dixon was the runner-up in 10.49 seconds, with Mark Jelks third in the identical time. The race was run into a 2.1 meters per second headwind.

    Cantwell wins competitive men's shot put over Hoffa

    The men's shot put was won by 2004 World Indoor champion and 2007 Indoor Visa Championship Series champion Christian Cantwell, whose winning throw of 21.83 meters/71 feet 7.50 inches, is the third best in the world this outdoor season. World #1 Reese Hoffa was the runner-up with a best toss of 21.65m/71-0.50, which is fifth-best globally this outdoor season.

    In other field events, Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic won the women's javelin with a throw of 65.20 meters/213 feet 11 inches. American record holder Kim Kreiner was the runner-up with a toss of 58.82m/213-11. Reigning USA Outdoor champion Tora Harris won the men's high jump on fewer misses with a clearance of 2.30m/7-6.50. 2006 NCAA champion Jesse Williams was the runner-up with an identical clearance. The men's pole vault was won by Mexico's Giovanni Lanaro (5.80m/19-0.25) and Uzebekistan's Anastasiya Zharaviyeva won the women's triple jump with a measurement of 13.64m/44-9.

    For more information on the 2007 Nike Prefontaine Classic and USATF's Visa Championship Series, visit http://www.usatf.org.

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    it was great to see most of this on TV yesterday… Symmonds was amazing… Mutola looked so grim till the last two or three strides… Mottram is a pistol…

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    Tegenkamp?  He did not even win!  8)

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    Tegenkamp?  He did not even win!  8)

    No he did not. But if you watched the NBC telecast, you wouldn't have even known he was in the race, the way they covered Alan Webb. But give Teg his due; he broke the AR by 4 seconds, and should have a chance for the american record in the 5k later this summer. The article led with his performance, as it was the only american record set, but there were many fine performances note, like Daniel Komen's 3:48 mile, Nick Symmonds 1:44 800m, and Paul Koech's 8:08 steeplechase.

    But huge props to Craig Mottram, who basically ran a sub 4 minute 2nd mile for the win, after running 4:04 for the 1st mile. This guy has a great chance to win the 5000 @ the World Championships. And Maria Mutola? Phenomenal!! Great meet overall!

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    Teg deserves a lot of credit for an impressive improvement of the American record in an admittedly infrequently run event. He also deserves a lot of credit for beating Webb.

    As for Teg and the 5000m record, he's closing in on it but those final seconds can become increasingly harder to take off. Also, he has to be able to go faster than Lagat. Otherwise, even if he gets past those final few seconds, he'll simply be breaking an already broken record.

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