2013 Prefontaine Classic: Schedule and TV broadcast info

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The Prefontaine Classic, named after Steve Prefontaine, perhaps the greatest American distance runner ever, is set for its 39th annual edition this weekend at the historic Hayward Field in Oregon, beginning Friday with "Distance Night in Eugene." The Pre Classic, part of the IAAF Diamond League, is the longest-running outdoor invitational track and field meet in the country.

NBC Sports will broadcast live on Saturday, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET, and then NBC will pick up the event and air it live until 6 p.m. A live webcast will also be available at http://preclassic.runnerspace.com/.

The meet begins Friday night with the Women's Hammer Throw and then reaches its climax in the Men's 10,000m, featuring Kenenisa Bekele -- the world record holder -- Kenya's Geoffrey Kipsang and six of the top-10 ranked athletes in the world. However, it will no longer include the much-anticipated showdown between Bekele and Mo Farah, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, after Farah was forced to switch to the 5,000m because of a nagging stomach virus.

Farah's move to Saturday's 5,000m means he'll be running in a field with teammate Galen Rupp, American record holder Bernard Lagat and Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa. So not a bad consolation.

Saturday's slate also features the men's 100m and 200m races, headlined by Americans Justin Gatlin and Walter Dix, respectively. Here's the complete entry/start lists for the weekend's events.

Prefontaine Classic Schedule:


Friday, May 31st
9:00 Women Hammer Throw*
10:00 LIVE Webcast of "DISTANCE NIGHT IN EUGENE" begins
10:07 Preview Program
10:15 Women Shot Put
10:19 Men Long Jump
10:23 Women Javelin Throw
10:26 Men 1500m (National)*
10:34 Women 800m (National)*
10:41 Men International Mile*
10:50 Men 10,000m*


Saturday, June 1st
3:00 Preview Program
3:17 National Anthem
3:21 Men Pole Vault
3:23 Women Triple Jump
3:32 Women 400m*
3:40 Women 5000m
3:49 Recognition Ceremony
3:58 Men High Jump
4:03 Women 400m Hurdles
4:11 Men Steeplechase
4:24 Women 1500m*
4:34 Women 100m
4:38 Men Discus Throw
4:42 Men 100m*
4:49 Men 400m
4:55 Women 800m
5:05 Men 110m Hurdles
5:13 Men 200m
5:20 Men 5000m
5:41 Men 800m*
5:49 Men Bowerman Mile

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