There will be three Diamond League scoring events on Friday – the men’s Shot Put and Discus Throw, as well as the women’s Long Jump – while the men’s 5,000m and 10,000m crowns are also on the schedule.
A loaded men’s Shot Put field will include five of the world top six throwers with the on form American Joe Kovacs, who has already heaved 22.35m and 22.05m, leading the way.
Two-time IAAF World Championships gold medallist David Storl of Germany, the No. 2 ranked thrower this term with efforts of 21.72m and 21.51m, as well as New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh and Americans Reese Hoffa and Ryan Whiting are included in the strong lineup as well.
The men’s Discus throw competition will also feature some quality, with Martin Kupper of Estonia coming in with the best mark in 2015.
Vikas Gowda of India and Poland’s Piotr Malachowski are among the top throwers for this season.
The other Diamond League event on the schedule for Friday is the women’s Long Jump, with Americans Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese, as well as Canada’s Christabel Nettey and Great Britain’s Shara Proctor all strong contenders for the title.
Elsewhere on the night, Galen Rupp of USA and Great Britain’s Mo Farah will also race on Friday.
Farah, the world and Olympic champion over the 5,000m and 10,000m, will race in the men’s 10,000m, while his training-mate Rupp races in the 5,000m.
***The 2015 Nike Prefontaine Classic will be broadcast from Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Friday & Saturday, May 29-30 via USATF.tv (Friday) and NBC Sports Network & NBC (Saturday). The free Friday night broadcast is scheduled to begin at 11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT. After the event, videos will be made available for on-demand viewing on USATV.tv.***