Prefontaine Classic 2016 Assembles Best Ever Mile Field
Five global champions including defending Bowerman Mile champion Ayanleh Souleiman, three-time event champion Asbel Kiprop and U.S. high school superstar Drew Hunter
From the IAAF
EUGENE, Ore. - Organizers of the Prefontaine Classic claim that their Bowerman Mile field for this year’s IAAF Diamond League meeting on Saturday, May 28 at storied Hayward Field is the best they have ever had.
Not only does it contain five global champions, but it will also reunite the top five finishers from the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, when just 0.41 separated the first five past the line.
Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop is currently the world’s top Miler. At 26, he has already won four major gold medals, the first as a 19-year-old at the 2008 Beijing Olympics over 1500m. Last year he won his third consecutive world title at the distance, equaling the achievement of world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj.
Kiprop, who won the Diamond Race in 2010 and 2015, has won the Bowerman Mile three times. This summer in Rio, Kiprop hopes to become the first Kenyan to win two Olympic 1500m titles. His campaign kicked off with a great start, winning the 1500m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha last weekend in a world-leading 3:32.15.
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Bowerman Mile 2016 / Personal Record
Ayanleh Souleiman (Djibouti), 3:47.32, defending event champion
Silas Kiplagat (Kenya), 3:47.88
Asbel Kiprop (Kenya), 3:48.50, three-time event champion
James Magut (Kenya), 3:49.43
Abdelaati Iguider (Morocco), 3:49.09
Matthew Centrowitz (USA), 3:50.53 (scratched, injury)
Taoufik Makhloufi (Algeria), 3:52.16
Ronald Kwemoi (Kenya), 3:52.57
Ben Blankenship (USA), 3:53.13
Evan Jager (USA), 3:53.33
Jakub Holusa (Czech Republic), 3:53.46
Drew Hunter (USA), 3:57.81, high school athlete
Elijah Manangoi (Kenya), Debut (3:29.67 1500m)