EUGENE, Oregon (Sept. 16) – American sprinter Christian Coleman and Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson toppled world champions, while Chase Ealey and Jakob Ingebrigtsen shattered records at the Diamond League Final at Hayward Field on Saturday.
Benjamin Upsets Warholm in 400m Hurdles
In a startling upset, American Rai Benjamin outpaced world record-holder Karsten Warholm of Norway in the men’s 400m hurdles. Benjamin clocked 46.39 seconds, the year’s fastest and the fourth-quickest in history. Warholm, who suffered his second consecutive Diamond League defeat, trailed in 46.53 seconds.
Ingebrigtsen Sets New Mile Record
Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the Olympic champion, set a Diamond League and European record in the Bowerman Mile, clocking 3:43.73, narrowly missing the world record.
He now ranks third in the all-time list, behind world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj and Noah Ngeny who posted respective times of 3:43.13 and 3:43.40.
It was also a record-breaking day for Yared Nuguse of the USA, who followed Ingebrigtsen all the way home and was reward with a massive North American record time of 3:43.97 in second place, while Great Britain’s George Mills was third in a rewarded personal best time of 3:47.65.
The times behind them were as well with 11 of the 13 athletes setting personal bests, including Mario Garcia, who took fourth in a Spanish record of 3:47.69 and Kenya’s Reynold Cheruiyot, who ran a world U20 record of 3:48.06 in 5th.
Coleman Equals World-Leading Time; Jackson Takes Down Richardson
Christian Coleman, the 2019 world champion, matched the world-leading time of 9.83 seconds in the men’s 100 meters. Noah Lyles of the USA and Ferdinand Omanyala, the African record-holder, both finished in 9.85 seconds.
“I was able to just find a sense of confidence and believe in myself, like I knew I was supposed to win this race,” Coleman said.
Shericka Jackson of Jamaica clocked 10.70 seconds to defeat a formidable field in the women’s 100 meters. Marie-Josee Ta Lou finished second in 10.75 seconds, matching her best this year, while Jamaica’s Olympic double-double sprint gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah was third in a season-best 10.79.
USA’s world 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson fourth in 10.80 secs.
Ealey Sets American Record in Shot Put
In field events, the startout performance came from USA’s two-time world champion Chase Ealey, who set an American and meeting record with her world-leading 20.76m mark in the third round.
“That was something really important to me this season,” said a delighted Ealey. “I’ve been wanting to do it all season and I told my coach I was gonna do it this meet. And so I felt really good about it, I was so excited.”
Additional Highlights From Prefontaine Classic Day 1
- Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands finished third in the men’s 400m hurdles with 47.31 seconds.
- George Mills of Great Britain clocked a personal best of 3:47.65 in the Bowerman Mile.
- Faith Kipyegon of Kenya won the women’s 1,500 meters in 3:50.72.
- Kirani James of Grenada won the men’s 400 meters in 44.30 seconds.
- Winfred Yavi of Bahrain and Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya recorded the second and third-fastest times ever in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.
With 15 of the 32 Diamond League champions already decided on the first day, anticipation builds for Sunday’s remaining events at the Diamond League Final. Click here for more information and interviews from the Day 1 record-breakers.