Triple world record holder, Faith Kipyegon will be star of the night on day one of the prestigious Prefontaine Classic slated for this evening at the Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
The greatest female 1500m runner of all time, went to history books when she became the first woman to break the 3:50 barrier over the distance when she clocked 3:49.11 in Florence
Kipyegon who won two gold medals in the 1500m with 3:54.87 and in the 5000m with 14:53.58 in Budapest and has won five times at the Prefontaine Classic in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022, will clash with her usual rival, Olympic silver medallist and double European champion Laura Muir who finished in sixth place at the World Championships in Budapest in 3:58.58.
World 1500m silver medallist, Diribe Welteji will lead her fellow compatriots that include Freweyni Hailu, winner in the 1500ms in the Diamond League meeting in Xiamen in 3:56.56, reigning world U20 champion Birke Haylom, who broke the world U20 record over the mile distance in Oslo in 4:17.13 and second in the 1500m in Chorzow in 3:54.93, Hirut Meshesha, winner at the Diamond League meeting in 3:54.87 and Worknesh Mesele, who clocked 3:57.00 in Chorzow.
Irish National Record holder Clara Mageean who broke Sonia O’Sullivan’s record at the Monaco Diamond League meeting in 4:14.58 expects to continue her excellent form.
Australia will be led by Jessica Hull and Linden Hall, who set Oceanian records with 3:57.29 in Florence and 3:57.27 in Chorzow this year.