Friday, July 2, 2010

Prefontaine Classic 5000: Rhines in Loaded Field

Here's how Track & Field News describes the race:
Dibaba is sometimes called the “Golden Girl” for all of the Olympic and World Championships gold medals she has won: 2 in the Beijing Olympics, 2 in the Helsinki World Championships, one each in Paris and Osaka. Five gold medals in World Cross Country races. The 24-year-old Ethiopian is virtually unbeatable when healthy, and she is healthy now, and ready to show why she’s also knowns as “The Baby-Faced Destroyer.”
In her first appearance at Hayward Field in the 36th annual Prefontaine Classic, Dibaba has asked for a very fast pace, possibly fast enough to challenge the meet record of 14:38.73, set two years ago by her arch-rival, Meseret Defar. Dibaba, a 2-time World Record setter in the event, has a lifetime collection of marks that includes more than a dozen times faster than that, topped by her 14:11.15 from '08.

Here is the complete start list for the race:

Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)
Sally Kipyego (Kenya)
Shalane Flanagan
Jen Rhines
Lauren Fleshman
Renee Baillie
Amy Hastings
Megan Metcalfe (Canada)
Amy Yoder-Begley
Wude Ayalew (Ethiopia)
Pauline Korikwiang (Kenya)
Desiree Davila
Treniere Moser
Julia Howard (Canada)--pace
Carey Dimoff--pace
Eloise Wellings (Australia)--pace

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