Greatest ever Pre-Class women
1500m field in the making?
Wednesday May 28, 2008
EUGENE, Oregon --
At the risk of sounding repetitious, the greatest field ever
assembled at historic Hayward Field will toe the line on
Sunday, June 8th, this time in the women's 1500 meters.
Led by 2007 World Champion
Maryam Jamal, who ran 3:58.75 in Osaka last summer
to turn back all comers, Jamal is one of four athletes in
the field who were ranked in the top 10 in the world by
Track & Field News magazine.
Besides Jamal (at No. 1, of course), these include
Yuliya Fomenko at
No. 6, Sarah Jamieson
at No. 7, and Gelete Burka,
last year's Pre Classic winner, at No. 8. Add into the mix
America's best from last year,
and the sensational U.S.-leader for 2008, Shannon Rowbury,
who has improved from 4:12.31 to 4:01.61 this season, and
you have a field unsurpassed in Pre Classic history.
The meet record of 4:00.48 was set by Burka in 2007, and the
Hayward Field record of 3:59.19 was set by the incomparable
Mary Slaney in 1984. Both are in jeopardy in this race.
Maryam Jamal (Bahrain)
Yuliya Fomenko (Russia)
Gelete Burka (Ethiopia)
Sarah Jamieson (Australia)
Tatyana Tomashova (Russia)
Lisa Corrigan (Australia)
Meskerem Assefa (Ethiopia)
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