US champion English Gardner and Olympic long jump champion Tianna Bartoletta will lead the women's 100m field at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on 27 May, the third stop of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League series.
Americans usually celebrate with fireworks on 4 July, their Independence Day. In Eugene on Sunday (3), the fireworks came a day early.
Among the seven meeting records that tumbled at Birmingham’s IAAF Diamond League Meeting on Sunday (5), two came in eagerly anticipated appearances by Eugene winners Kendra Harrison and Kirani James in the 100m hurdles and 400m respectively.
Faith Kipyegon followed the rabbit in the early part of the women’s 1500m and then took control in the later stages to win in a world-leading time of 3:56.41 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on Saturday (28).
Both 100m events should provide the main highlights on Saturday (11) at the Meeting de Madrid, an IAAF World Challenge event and Spain’s most prestigious track and field competition.
The crowd at Hayward Field saw a familiar sight in the women’s 100m ‘international race’ at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on Saturday: English Gardner rocketing from the blocks and clawing down the track with her tenacious stride, hair swishing from side to side.
The 2013 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne can currently boast of 33 medallists from the London 2012 Olympic Games at the 38th edition of the famous Athletissima meeting on 4 July.
Tyson Gay reaffirmed his status as USA’s sprint king in the 100m and English Gardner began her reign in the women’s 100m at the US Championships at Drake Stadium on Friday night (21 June).
Brianna Rollins isn’t ready to predict how much longer her collegiate record in the women’s 100m Hurdles will last after running a world-leading 12.39 in the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene on Saturday (8) in the final session of the four-day meeting.