Rupp And Lagat Preparing For Eugene

Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat are the best American hopes at the 5000m event in next month's Prefontaine Classic. Photo:

The American runners have excelled at Hayward Field in the past.

June 1 is right around the corner and at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., one of the best fields this year for the 5000m will be assembled.

At the top of the startlist is Olympic silver medalist in the 10,000m, Galen Rupp.

Rupp, who was a standout at the University of Oregon, will be on his hometown Hayward Field track. Another top American entered in the race is Bernard Lagat, the winner in both the 1500m and 5000m at the 2007 IAAF World Championships.

Americans aside, two Kenyan runners are also in the hunt for the win: Thomas Longosiwa and Isiah Koech.

Longosiwa won bronze in last summer’s Olympic 5000m final, while Koech boasts the fastest PR in the field (12:48.64). Koech is just 19 years old and owns the second-fastest junior mark. He took fifth at the London Games.

Ethiopia’s Yenew Alamirew is also entered in the race, as is Azerbaijan’s Hayle Ibrahimov.

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