Eugene set for another exciting men’s Mile
Prefontaine Classic's Bowerman Mile again attracts top international field including defending champion Souleiman and American global medalists Centrowitz & Manzano
From IAAF Diamond League
The winning times of the Bowerman Mile at the Prefontaine Classic have been faster than 3:50 for the past six years; a trend the IAAF Diamond League meeting hopes to continue on May 29-30.
This year’s field could be the best ever, as the top 10 finishers from last year return, eight of them with sub-3:50 PRs.
Kenyan rivals Silas Kiplagat and Asbel Kiprop are set to duel again in Eugene for the fifth straight year. Kiprop has won three of the five outdoor global titles on offer over the past seven years, comprising Olympic gold in 2008 and world titles in 2011 and 2013.
During that time, he has also won the Bowerman Mile on a record three occasions, winning in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
But in terms of head-to-head records, Kiplagat has the edge. The 2011 world silver medallist won in Eugene in 2013 and last year clocked a world-leading 3:27.64 over 1500m on his way to winning the Diamond Race for a second time.
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