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PRE CLASSIC RANKS NO. 1 IN THE WORLD

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September 11, 2013
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PRE CLASSIC RANKS NO. 1 IN THE WORLD 

            Eugene—This year's Prefontaine Classic ranks as the No. 1 invitational track & field meet in the world for 2013 according to All-Athletics.com, the official data services provider of the IAAF Diamond League. The Pre Classic on May 31/June 1 led perennial powerhouses  Weltklasse in Zurich and  Memorial Van Damme in Brussels to claim the top spot among 650 invitationals worldwide for the first time in meet's 39-year history.

            Blessed by excellent weather and best-ever fields, the 2013 Pre Classic, a member of the exclusive IAAF Diamond League series of meets, produced performances and statistics to delight any track fan: 

  • 5 Meet Records, 11 world-leading marks, an American Junior Record (Mary Cain in the 800m), and 2 National Records (Hansle Parchment of Jamaica in the 110m Hurdles; Derek Drouin of Canada in the High Jump)
  • 55 athletes who competed in the Eugene IAAF Diamond League/Prefontaine Classic went on to win 65 medals in the Moscow World Championships.  
  • Pre's All-Athletics.com score of 95,034 is the highest total of any meet in the world since 2001.
  • Averaging the meet's rankings over the past 3 years (2nd, 3rd, & 1st), the Prefontaine Classic is the highest rated meet in the world over that time span.

 

All-Athletics.com Rankings 2013

1. 

Eugene Prefontaine Classic

  USA

  31.05-01.06

  95034

2. 

Zürich Weltklasse

  SUI

  28-29.08

  94677

3. 

Bruxelles Memorial Van Damme

  BEL

  06.09

  94259

4. 

London Sainsbury's Anniversary Games

  GBR

  26-27.07

  94036

5. 

Monaco Herculis

  MON

  19.07

  93474

6. 

Paris Meeting AREVA

  FRA

  06.07

  92808

7. 

Doha IAAF Diamond League Meeting

  QAT

  10.05

  92709

8. 

Roma Golden Gala

  ITA

  06.06

  92624

9. 

Lausanne Athletissima

  SUI

  04.07

  92576

10. 

Shanghai IAAF Diamond League Meeting

  CHN

  18.05

  91841

 

About the Pre Classic:   The Prefontaine Classic is the longest-running invitational track & field meet in the United States. Named after distance legend Steve Prefontaine, it was begun in 1975 by the Oregon Track Club and has been sponsored continuously by Nike since 1984.  Nike's 30-years of title sponsorship is thought to be among the longest by any company for an individual U.S. sporting event. Next year's Prefontaine Classic will be held on May 30/May 31 at Hayward Field in Eugene, and will again be part of the IAAF Diamond League circuit.

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dkap

Scott Bush, on , said:

It's somewhat telling that the adidas Grand Prix, which I believe has slipped quite a bit the past couple years, is not ranked in the top ten. Hopefully their new date this year will help, but Pre has clearly established itself as the most elite T&F competition in the U.S. hands down.

I know the IAAF meet rankings are based mostly on athlete performances at Worlds, but what else does the Pre Classic do well to really bolster their event to fans?


Location, location, location. A half-decent meet at Hayward will nearly fill the stands. Bring in world class athletes in every event and it's a no-brainer.

Being easily accessible on network TV probably helps long-term awareness, too.

Dan
Scott Bush
It's somewhat telling that the adidas Grand Prix, which I believe has slipped quite a bit the past couple years, is not ranked in the top ten. Hopefully their new date this year will help, but Pre has clearly established itself as the most elite T&F competition in the U.S. hands down.

I know the IAAF meet rankings are based mostly on athlete performances at Worlds, but what else does the Pre Classic do well to really bolster their event to fans?
DougB
The surprising thing to me is that it's only the first time. There have been some amazing Pre Classics in the past 5 years.
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