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Events announced for Pre Classic's 40th birthday party – IAAF Diamond League

Athletes in action at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon (Getty Images)Athletes in action at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon (Getty Images) © Copyright

The Prefontaine Classic, the longest-running international invitational meeting in the USA, turns 40 this year. 

Part of the IAAF Diamond League series for a fifth consecutive year, the meeting format will again feature events on Friday evening (30 May), and Saturday afternoon (31 May) at historic Hayward Field, which will also be the venue for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in July.

Friday's now-traditional ‘Distance Night in Eugene’ will showcase what is expected to be the strongest men's 10,000m field anywhere in the world in 2014.

Complementing the 10,000m, three IAAF Diamond League events will also be staged on Friday night: the women's long jump and discus, and the men's shot put, always a crowd favorite at Hayward Field, which has seen more 70-foot (21.34m) throws than any other venue on the planet.

Best of all, admission on Friday evening is once again free.

Saturday's main menu features 13 IAAF Diamond League events, including the men's 100m, 800m, 5000m, 110m hurdles, pole vault, triple jump and javelin throw.

The men's 400m and legendary annual Bowerman Mile will be contested as well.

The women's IAAF Diamond League events are the 200m, 400m, 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, 400m hurdles, and high jump.  A top-level 3000m or two miles race will also be run as an additional event.

The field in the men's shot put has already been announced. The remaining fields for all events will be announced beginning next week.

Organisers for the IAAF

2014 IAAF Diamond League calendar
Doha, QAT – 9 May
Shanghai, CHN – 18 May
Eugene, USA – 31 May
Rome, ITA – 5 Jun
Oslo, NOR – 11 Jun
New York, USA – 14 Jun
Lausanne, SUI – 3 Jul
Paris, FRA – 5 Jul
Glasgow, GBR – 11-12 Jul
Monaco, MON – 18 Jul
Stockholm, SWE – 21 Aug
Birmingham, GBR – 24 Aug
Zurich, SUI – 28 Aug
Brussels, BEL – 5 Sep