Athletics: Elaine Thompson-Herah, Trayvon Bromell soar in crowded 100m fields at Diamond League in Eugene - As it happened

The Prefontaine Classic is the third Diamond League event of the athletics season and visited a revamped Hayward Field in Oregon, which is set to hold the World Championships in July. See how the action unfolded.

By Nick McCarvel
Picture by USA TODAY Sports

The rainy day belonged to Elaine Thompson-Herah and Trayvon Bromell.

International athletics returned to historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., for the first time since 2018, the Diamond League visiting the revamped stadium - which is also set to host the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 in July.

The second day of action (Saturday, 28 May) boasted a myriad of Olympic and world champions and medallists in action throughout the day, with the women's and men's 100m sprints highlighting a series of strong events in the third Diamond League stop of the season.

The two-time and reigning Olympic 100m champ, Thompson-Herah soared to victory in a loaded women's 100m field, holding off American Sha'Carri Richardson as well as Jamaican teammate Shericka Jackson. Thompson-Herah clocked a 10.79 to win the race, with Richardson clipping Jackson at the finish line as both sprinters registered a 10.92.

The men's 100m finished the afternoon of action, with Andre De Grasse, Fred Kerley and Noah Lyles among those in the line-up. But it was the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials champion Trayvon Bromell who would cross the line first, holding his arms aloft as he clocked a 9.93. The Olympic silver medallist Kerley was second with a 9.98, while Christian Coleman finished third at 10.04.

American Michael Norman set a new Diamond League record in the men's 400m, as sprinting legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce captured the women's 200m, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won the women's 100m hurdles and Alison dos Santos was the champ in the men's 400m hurdles.

Tokyo 2020 champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the Bowerman Mile, as well, his 3:49.76 the world lead time this season.

Inclement weather came in fits and spurts over the Eugene area, which is famous for its rainy conditions. Friday night (27 May) featured more field events due to weather pre-cautions, with the men's pole vault and women's high jump being moved. Mondo Duplantis captured his 14th Diamond League with a 5.91m effort in the pole vault, while Joshua Cheptegei won the men's 5000m.

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13:01 - Bromell seizes the day in 100m

It was all smiles for Bromell, who had been among the favourites during Tokyo 2020 only to fail to make the men's 100m final.

"I was happy with it," the 26-year-old said. "There are technical things that I want to fix. At the end of the day I was happy to get the win."

"Honestly I felt like there was a little bit of a head win... it was crazy down there," he said of the conditions. "It's a situation that we have all competed in. There was nothing that I could do but control what I could for the race."

Lyles was fourth in the 100m, with a 10.05, while De Grasse finished ninth at 10.21.

14:56 - Fraser-Pryce: 'We've always been the premier event'

Eight-time Olympic medallist Fraser-Pryce turned on her rocket speed in the final 100m of the women's 200m, her 22.41 a season best, and comfortably ahead of second-place finisher Brittany Brown (22.74).

After, Fraser-Pryce was asked if the women in athletics are finally getting the coverage and equal billing that they deserve.

"We've always been the premier event, but you guys just catch up late," she said, smiling. "Females are always putting it down, showing up and competing meet after meet. We're happy we're finally getting that recognition because of the elitism that we have in female sprinting. You never know who is going to show up and what they're going to do."

Fraser-Pryce proved that again in Eugene, as did her teammate Thompson-Herah. It was a heralded return to international competition for Richardson, as well, whose second-place finish behind Thompson in the 100m sets the stage for what could be an intriguing Worlds.

Fraser-Pryce was appreciative of the enthusiastic crowd in Eugene, which is known as "Tracktown, USA." "It's always good to be in Tracktown. When you go to a place, you want to make sure that the fans are following and are in tune with what's going on. ... It helps us to raise our game."

14:52 - More results: Crouser wins shot put, Sagnia captures long jump

Olympic champion Ryan Crouser won on what is his home track, having grown up in the area. Crouser threw a 23.02m. Crouser set the world record of 23.37 nearly a year ago at this same venue during the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Olympic silver medallist Joe Kovacs was second (22.49).

Meanwhile, in women's long jump, Khaddi Sagnia of Sweden notched a 6.95m in one of only two clean jumps. It was enough to hold on to the victory over Ese Brume (6.82m) and Tara Davis (6.73m).

Elsewhere, Keely Hodgkinson captured the women's 800m with a world leading 1:57.72. The Olympic silver medallist beat Tokyo bronze medallist Raevyn Rogers who was third (1:58.44), while Ajee Wilson notched a second-place finish (1:58.06).

Other results:

Women's 3000m steeplechase - Norah Jeruto 8:57.97

Women's 1500m - Faith Kipyegon 3:52.59

Men's 5000m - Berihu Aregawi 12:50.05

14:44 - Ingebrigtsen goes ahead of pack - doesn't look back

As soon as the race pacer exited the men's 1 mile it was Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen who flew ahead of the pack and never really looked back, his 3:49.76 nearly a second faster than Oliver Hoare (3:50.65) and Timothy Cheruiyot (3:50.77).

"A bit tricky conditions - unpredictable," he said. "I think I'm where I want to be [with training]. ... It's really all about Eugene [Worlds] in mid-July. I'm feeling confident, but at the same time I really need to put in the work to get into the final."

Said Ingebrigtsen of finishing the race ahead of the pack: "You can't be disappointed that people aren't better," he laughed.

Having spent the last five weeks in Flagstaff, Ariz., to train, he's headed home ahead of Worlds in July.

14:37 - Norman 'pretty pleased' after 400m win

Norman had placed fifth at Tokyo 2020 in the men's 400m last year, and credited a training strategy of "going back to the basics" for his strong showing so far this season.

"I'm looking forward to going back home, working hard and then coming back [here] for Worlds," Norman said. "For me, as an athlete, it's been about going back to the basics, which for me is about hard work, consistency with diet and training. My whole motto this year has been 'if it's comfortable, it's too easy,' both in the weight room and on the track."

"Something about when the track is wet I run faster," Norman said, cracking a smile in regard to the weather. "This is the place to run track. It's no USC [laughs]... but having Worlds in America, I hope we bring a lot more fans to the sport."

14:09 - 'I've had some challenges' - Thompson-Herah

The 100m champion in Eugene, Thompson-Herah has given more insight into the dislocated shoulder injury she's faced, forcing her to withdraw from the Diamond League Birmingham.

"It's been a challenge - I've had bumps in the road," Thompson-Herah said, explaining that her shoulder had not 100 percent healed. "I had dislocated my shoulder. It's not 100 percent, but I'm happy with the result, I'm happy where I am and I have a lot more to work on. I'm excited."

Thompson-Herah said she thinks she will go for both the 100m and 200m at the World Championships this summer, but is not certain of that just yet.

Thompson-Herah, with her glittering Olympic CV, has yet to win a world title.

"It is a big goal," she said. "I really want to taste that gold from the World Championships."

13:51 - Jasmine Camacho-Quinn captures women's 100m hurdles

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn - much like Thompson-Herah - continued her strong run of form post Tokyo, the Olympic champion clocking a 12.45 in the women's 100m hurdles to claim victory.

Tobi Amusan was second with a 12.58, while Tonea Marshall was third with a 12.66.

American Keni Harrison, who won silver at Tokyo, placed eighth with a 12.78.

13:42 - Thompson-Herah goes golden again

Blink and you missed it.

The Jamaican superstar Thompson-Herah continues her reign as world's fastest woman, beating a field that featured the American Richardson, but also Tokyo bronze medallist Jackson, as well as Asher-Smith and Olympic finallists Kambundji, Daniels and Ta Lou.

Thompson-Herah got out of the blocks well and slowly worked her way to the front of the women's field. Her 10.72 was a season's best and just shy of her career-best 10.54.

Richardson lost a necklace midway down the track, but that didn't detract her from running under 11 seconds for the first time this season. She did not stop for any interviews after the race, saying "No thanks" to media members as she pased through the mixed zone.

Team GB's Asher-Smith was fourth with a 10.98.

13:11 - Alison dos Santos clocks world leading time in 400m hurdles

Brazil's Alison dos Santos was just off his personal best of 46.72 in the men's 400m hurdles, winning with a world-leading time of 47.23. A bronze medallist at Tokyo 2020 in the event, dos Santos held off a late charge down the final stretch from American Khallifah Rosser (a personal best 48.10).

Quincy Hall was third (also at 48.10 - a personal best).

It was dos Santos' first outing at Hayward Field, which he said will help in preparation for Worlds later this season. It's there that he said the men's 400m hurdles event will clock around the 45-second mark, with Olympic champion and world record holder Karsten Warholm the man to beat - and American Rai Benjamin not far behind.

"To win at Worlds, in the final, you will need a 45," dos Santos told reporters. "The field is so strong. You need to be ready - it's going to be so fast."

He said of Warholm: "Everybody wants to beat him. He's the boss now - the guy to beat. ... You need to train more, you need to be smart."

12:34pm - Samuel Tanner wins first race of day in 1500m

It was a personal best in the 1500m for Samuel Tanner of New Zealand, the Kiwi clocking a 3:34.87 to edge out Neil Gourley (3:34.85) and Vincent Ciattei (3:35.07).

Two adaptive events were slated in the schedule, as four-time Paralympic medallist Martina Caironi of Italy won the women's 100m T63 with a 14.02 and Johannes Floors captured the men's 400m T62 with a 48.13.

12:10pm - Women take centre stage

What a day for the women's sprinting events, which features a slew of household names... in several races.

The women's 100m (from 13:33) has the two-time Olympic champion in the event, Thompson-Herah, going head-to-head with 2019 world silver medallist Dina Asher-Smith and Tokyo bronze medallist Shericka Jackson - as well as American standout Sha'Carri Richardson, and Tokyo finalists Mujinga Kambundji, Teahna Daniels and Marie-Josee Ta Lou.

In the women's 200m (from 14:33), Kambundji will double dip, but the race is headlined by sprinting legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, an eight-time Olympic medallist and world champion in the 200m in 2013.

11:05am - Rainy conditions over Eugene

We're just about 90 minutes from the first event of the Diamond League day (the men's 1500m kicks things off from 12:29 local) and the Pacific Northwest is covered in its famous gray clouds, with rain forecast for much of the day.

Field events - including the pole vault and high jump - were moved to Friday evening (see results below), for safety precautions, and the athletes could face challenging conditions throughout as the wet stuff is set to sit over Hayward Field for much of the scheduled events (also below).

There is a chance the rain could dissipate for some of the afternoon, fingers crossed...

10:28am - Friday features wins for Duplantis, Cheptegei and more

The meet kicked on Friday with a host of field events as Olympic champion and world record holder in the pole vault Mondo Duplantis captured his 14th Diamond League with a 5.91m effort. Tokyo bronze medallist Yaroslava Mahuchikh won the women's high jump, while the reigning Olympic men's champion in the 5000m, Joshua Cheptegei, won with a 12:57.99, albeit well off his world record mark in the race (12:35.36).

Olympic champ Valarie Allman reigned in front of the home crowd with a win in the discus (68.35m). Franchine Niyonsaba won the women's two mile with a 8:59.08 a new meet record, while Ejgayehu Taye captured the women's 500m (14:12.98).

10:07am - Saturday schedule features must-see line-up

Here's the schedule of the day (all times local, Pacific):

12:29 - 1500m - men
12:41 - 100m - women - T63
12:49 - 400m - men - T62
13:04 - 400m hurdles - men
13:10 - 5000m - men
13:33 - 100m - women
13:43 - 100m hurdles - women
13:46 - Long jump - women
13:49 - 1500m - women
14:00 - 400m - men
14:04 - Shot put - men
14:06 - 800m - women
14:14 - 3000m Steeplechase - women
14:33 - 200m - women
14:39 - 1 mile - men
14:52 - 100m - men

See the full schedule of events here.

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