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The triple gold medalist of the Olympic Games, the Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah, was the main protagonist in the 46th edition of the Prefontaine Classic, which took place this Saturday, August 21 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon in the United States.
Thompson-Herah prevailed in the 100m dash with a formidable time of 10.54 seconds, the second-best of all time. The incredible record was a personal best, the fastest time of 2021 (and of the entire century), a meeting record, a Diamond League record and a Jamaica record.
Thompson-Herah was escorted by compatriots Shelly Ann-Fraser Pryce (10.73) and Shericka Jackson (10.76), in a reissue of the Tokyo 2020 podium. Americans Teahna Daniels (10.83) and Jevianne Oliver (10.96) finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
There were also big marks in the men’s 100 m dash, only that the anemometer marked 2.9 meters per second, making it impossible to homologate the times. The win went to Canadian Andre De Grasse (9.74), ahead of hosts Fred Kerley (9.78) and Ronnie Baker (9.82). Trayvon Bromell was fourth with 9.86, Michael Norman fifth with 9.90 and Justin Gatlin sixth with 9.93.
In the 200 m, Noah Lyles scored the victory with a time of 19.52 seconds, the best of the season, escorted by his compatriots Kenneth Bednarek (19.80) and Josephus Lyles (brother of the winner) with 20.03. Aaron Brown of Canada was fourth at 20.12, and Americans Rai Benjamin (20.16) and Jerome Blake (20.20) were fifth and sixth.
In the 400m hurdles, Dalilah Muhammad claimed victory with 52.77 seconds, a new competition record, followed by her compatriot Shamier Little (53.79) and Panamanian Gianna Woodruff (54.20, South American record). Jamaican Janieve Russel was fifth with 54.50 and fellow host Cara Hailey sixth with 55.16.
The other great figure of the day was the junior Athing Mu, who prevailed in the 800 m with an extraordinary 1:55.04, national record, eighth best mark of all time and second in America, only surpassed by 1:54.44 by Cuban Ana Fidelia Quirot (1989). Mu was followed by her compatriot Katie Grace (1:55.60), Jamaica’s Natoya Goule (1:57.71) and fellow local Raevyn Rogers (1:58.01).
In the 200 m, the victory went to the Swiss Mujinga Kambundji (22.06), ahead of the host Gabrielle Thomas (22.11) and the British Dina Asher Smith (22.19), leaving the also Americans Jenna Prandini (22.36) and Dezerea Bryant (22.38) in the fourth and fifth boxes.
In the 1500m, American Josette Norris was third with 4:00.07 minutes, behind Kenyan Faith Kipyegon (3:53.23, competition record) and Australian Linden Halll (3:59.73). Another home athlete, Shanon Osika, was fifth with 4:01.16, and Canadian Gabriele Debues-Stafford was sixth with 4:01.74.
In the men’s 800m, the winner was Canadian Marco Arop (1:44.51), escorted by Kenyans Ferguson Rotich (1:45.02) and Emmanuel Korir (1:45.05). Americans Clayton Murphy (1:45.97) and Isaiah Morris (1:46.00) were fifth and sixth.
In the shot put, the local Ryan Crouser, who has just revalidated his Olympic crown in Tokyo, triumphed again thanks to a 22.41 in the shootout (after having reached 23.15 in his first attempts), followed by the Brazilian Darlan Romani (21.44) and the American Joe Kovacs, who had a foul in the decisive series, after a 21.94 in the opening rounds.
In other events, the Portuguese Pedro Pablo Pichardo won the triple jump with 17.63 m, followed by Hugues-Fabrice Zango from Burkina Faso (17.08) and the home athletes Donald Scott (16.96) and Will Claye (16.83).
On the pole, Kattie Nageotte was the best with 4.82, followed by Holly Bradshaw of Great Britain (4.72) and fellow American Olivia Gruver (4.52).
In the 3000 m hurdles, the conquest was the Kenyan Norah Jeruto with a time of 8:53.63 minutes, world leading, escorted by the host Courtney Frerichs (8:57.77, new continental record) and the also Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng (9:00.65).