Posted on June 01 2017
In his final Prefontaine Classic, Mo Farah won the 5,000M in 13:00.70 with a dominating performance over one of the most accomplished fields ever assembled. Farah unleashed a 55 second final lap to pull away from Kejelcha and Kamworor to claim his 4 Pre Classic victory. Farah will face these men again in London this Summer for the World Championships. Oregon Project teammate Eric Jenkins battled the tough conditions to finish 9th in 13:13.
After the race Mo commented, "
“It’s quite emotional, 2011, that was my breakthrough year, if any of you guys remember. I wasn’t even expected to win the race and I won the race, got the British record, British and European record. Amazing. It gave me a massive boost, confidence to come to the Olympics. I won.”
Elsewhere at the Pre Classic, Oregon Project newcomer Sifan Hassan ran 14:41 in the 5K. The time was a PB and Dutch National Record by 15 seconds. Sifan has been running longer distances all season so her coaches are excited to see what she can do when they implement some speed work into her training and she steps back down to her preferred distance, the 1500.
Shannon Rowbury ended the meet for the Oregon Project, running 4:04.61 for 9th place. The time was just 2 seconds off her 2015 Pre Classic time, where she went on to break the American Record running 3:56.29.