Diamond League

Sha’Carri Richardson leads elite sprint fields at Prefontaine Classic Diamond League

Sha'Carri Richardson, Christian Coleman, Erriyon Knighton, and Letsile Tebogo headline the 2024 Prefontaine Classic sprint fields at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Tickets are now on sale so grab yours today!

Sha'Carri Richardson of USA at the 2023 World Athletics Championships
Sha'Carri Richardson of USA at the 2023 World Athletics Championships. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for World Athletics

EUGENE, USA – A star-studded lineup is set to grace the Prefontaine Classic as world champion Sha’Carri Richardson and world indoor 60m champion Christian Coleman gear up to compete in the highly anticipated 100m event at the upcoming Wanda Diamond LeaguePrefontaine Classic meeting in Eugene on Saturday, 25 May.

Richardson, who triumphed in the 100m at the World Championships in Budapest last year with a scintillating performance clocking a personal best of 10.65 to match the championship record, will face tough competition from world indoor 60m champion Julien Alfred of St Lucia and African record-holder Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast.

The American champion started the season with a pair of defeated in the 200m in the opening Diamond League meetings, but she is expected to improve on her form as the season progressed.

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Meanwhile, USA’s Christian Coleman, the 2019 world champion and reigning Diamond Trophy holder in the 100m event, will face-off with African record-holder Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya and world indoor 60m bronze medallist Ackeem Blake of Jamaica in the men’s race.

Meanwhile, the stage is also set for a thrilling showdown in the men’s 200m, featuring global medallists Erriyon Knighton, Letsile Tebogo, and Kenny Bednarek.

American Knighton, a rising star with a lifetime best of 19.49, claimed silver in the 200m at last year’s World Championships at just 20 years of age and he will be hoping for an improved placing at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Tebogo of Botswana, a young talent on the rise, has already made his mark by clinching consecutive world U20 titles over 100m in 2021 and 2022, followed by a silver in the world 100m and a bronze in the 200m in Budapest last year. His impressive personal best of 19.50 puts him in close contention with Knighton.

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Elsewhere, USA’s Bednarek, an Olympic silver medallist in 2021 and world silver medallist in 2022, joins the fray as one of the select few men to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m, 20-second mark in the 200m, and 45-second mark in the 400m.

Tickets are now on sale, with prices starting at just $27. A stadium seating map can be viewed here. Fans can purchase tickets online at here. Customer service inquiries can be answered by calling 1-800-WEBFOOT (1-800-932-3668).

Written/compiled/published by one of the World-Track and Field website staff members or editors from press releases or public submissions.

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