Some of the biggest stars of the Tokyo Olympics will compete at Hayward Field in Eugene on Saturday. Sifan Hasan, the dominant distance runner, is expected to return to global competition in the women’s 10,000m. And Olympic gold medalist Lamont Marcel Jacobs of Italy will face a trio of American sprinters eager to sweep the men’s 100m.
It’s a day that showcases some of the world’s top endurance athletes and some of the fastest Buckle up, we’re just getting started.
Women’s 10,000 meters: 3:20 p.m. Eastern (NBC)
Hasan of the Netherlands won three medals in Tokyo. But there are questions about his fitness.
Hasan, 29, returned from a long break to run the 5,000 meters at a short meet in Portland, Ore., about a week ago. He won in 15 minutes 13.41 seconds, a long way off his personal best of 14:22.12, but later said he wanted to treat it like a training run – which was understandable, as it was his first race of the year.
“I took a lot of rest and to go again, it was very difficult to concentrate,” he recently told Dutch news media, according to Reuters. “The Olympics were a highlight. Then it was really difficult to set new goals. I was running away. I had no motivation. But then I started to miss running.
Can he find his familiar form in time to repeat as world champion in the 10,000? Stay tuned. But doubt him at your peril. In Tokyo, she won gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 and bronze in the 1,500. The feat required him to run 24,500 meters in six races over nine days, including the qualifying round, which worked out to about 15.2 miles in blistering conditions.
Among those expected to challenge Hassan on Saturday is Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidaye, who holds the world record in the event and won bronze in Tokyo. Also, keep an eye on Kenya’s Helen Obiri, two-time world champion in the 5,000m, and Britain’s Elisha McColgan, who could battle it out for a place on the podium.
Men’s 100 meters: 10:50 pm Eastern (NBC)
American men could sweep the event for the first time since 1991. Fred Kerley and Trayvon Bromell have the two fastest times in the world this year, and Marvin Brassey’s 9.85 is third. Kerley, a former 400 specialist, is the only person to run a sub-9.80 race in 2022.
Christian Coleman, another American and defending world champion, is back after a suspension for a position violation and will also be among the favorites to win the race, although he has yet to perform up to his 2019 form.
Then there’s the defending Olympic 100m gold medalist, Lamont Marcel Jacobs, who has battled injuries all season. Jacobs beat Coleman for the 60-meter world indoor crown and he traded Tweet with Kerley about his excitement to race in Oregon. Also, keep an eye on Yohan Blake of Jamaica, the 2011 world champion. He ran 9.85 seconds, his fastest time since 2012, to win his fifth Jamaican title in late June.