The Prefontaine Classic, a Grand Prix status meeting as part of the IAAF World Athletics Tour 2007, is looking for its first sub-4 minute women’s 1500m race.
This Sunday (10 June), a field capable of challenging the meet record of 4:00.73 will line up at the 33rd annual Prefontaine Classic. Led by the runner with the fastest time in the world in 2006, Yulia Chizhenko-Fomenko of Russia, and the second-fastest 3000m runner from last year, Gelete Burka of Ethiopia, the record set by Romania's Gabriela Szabo seven years ago could be in jeopardy.
The World Indoor champion Chizhenko-Fomenko ran 3:55.68 to win the Paris IAAF Golden League meeting last year. Burka, the former World XC short course champion has a personal best (the African Junior record) of 3:59.60 to her name, and last summer ran 8:25.92 for 3000m.
Also in the field will be USA’s Treniere Clement who ran a PB of 4:03.32 last year, and just last week, set a lifetime best in the 800, and veteran Shayne Culpepper who won the Carson 1500m this spring in 4:05.98. Canadian Malindi Elmore shut down the field at IAAF World Athletics Tour meeting in New York last weekend (4:07.01), while the newly-minted American 5000m record holder Shalane Flanagan is looking at a possible double going into the Osaka World Championships.
Tom Jordan for the IAAF
Yuliya Chizhenko-Fomenko (Russia)
Mestawat Tadesse (Ethiopia)
Yuriko Kobayashi (Japan)
Gelete Burka (Ethiopia)
Malindi Elmore (Canada)