Nike Prefontaine Classic by the numbers
The 2006 edition of the Nike Prefontaine Classic on Sunday has had its fastest sell-out of reserved seat tickets in its 32-year history, and for good reason. Rarely has any invitational meet in the U.S. featured the depth to equal this year's Nike Prefontaine Classic.
As is customary, the Nike Prefontaine Classic features many great names in track and field such as Justin Gatlin, Asafa Powell, Bernard Lagat, Sanya Richards, Chaunte Howard, Bershawn Jackson and Michelle Perry, just to name a few. One of the unique aspects of this year's event is the amazing depth of the field competing on Sunday, which includes:
Number of Olympic gold medals won by participants:17
Total number of Olympic gold/silver/bronze medals won: 44
Number of World Championships gold medals won: 44
Total number of World Championships gold/silver/bronze won: 95
Total Olympic & WC medals won: 139
The third event of USA Track & Field's 2006 Outdoor Visa Championship Series, the 32nd Nike Prefontaine Classic will be televised live May 28 on ESPN2 from 5-7 p.m., Eastern Time.
In addition to the impressive $250,000 prize purse, U.S. athletes will look to score points in the Race for the Visa Championship, where a male and female athlete with the top overall performance in the 2006 Visa Championship Series and who win their event at the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships will be named Visa Champion and receive a $100,000 bonus and for the first time, the second-through-fifth-best individual performers also will receive cash bonuses.
A limited number of general admission tickets are still available for the meet. For more information on the Nike Prefontaine Classic and the 2006 Visa Championship Series, visit www.usatf.org.
Clay to compete at Gotzis
Reigning world champion and Olympic silver medalist Bryan Clay will take on the world's finest decathletes at this weekend's Hypo Combined Events meeting in Götzis, the Austrian leg of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge held in the Mösli Stadium, known as the Mecca of combined events.
Clay, who is ranked #1 in the IAAF Combined Events Ranking, won the Olympic silver medal in Athens, scoring a personal best 8,820 points in a dramatic battle with Roman Sebrle (CZE), whose 8,893 tally set an Olympic record. Last year Clay emerged victorious in their rematch, scoring 8,732 points to Sebrle's 8,521 at the World Championships in Helsinki for a convincing win. Clay's most recent competition came at the 2006 World Indoor Championships in Moscow, where he won the heptathlon silver medal with 6,187 points.
The women's heptathlon competition will be headlined by Sweden's Carolina Kluft, the reigning Olympic, World and European champion. At just 23 years of age, Kluft is #3 on the event's all-time list with her 7,001 point personal best that resulted in her first World title in 2003.
2005 USA heptathlon and indoor pentathlon champion, Hyleas Fountain, will return to compete in Gotzis, where she posted her career best heptathlon total of 6,502 points last year.
Courtesy By: Courtesy of USATF