Oregon Project Big Weekend of Racing June 07 2017
This weekend several Oregon Project athletes will be competing across the globe.
On Thursday, Sifan Hassan will run the 1,500M in the Rome Diamond League. Sifan will be looking to continue her fine form from last week when she set the Dutch national record in the 5,000M at the Prefontaine Classic running 14:41.24. Coach Alberto Salazar commented, "Sifan has been running longer distances this year so we are excited to see how her speed comes along in her main event, the 1,500M."
Saturday evening in Jamaica Mo Farah will compete in the Racers Grand Prix. This meet will serve as the final race for Usain Bolt on Jamaican soil before he retires after this Summer's World Athletics Championship. Mo will be running the 3,000M against a field that includes 3:29 1500M runner Nixon Chepseba. This will also serve as Mo's final Jamaican appearance as he is retiring from the track following this Summers Championships.
Across the globe on Saturday Galen Rupp will be running his first track race in 10 months. Galen will be competing in the Portland Track Festival, running the 10,000M. "The goal for Galen is to get his track legs back and get in a good hard effort on Saturday night," coach Alberto Salazar said.
Sunday at the Portland Track Festival several Oregon Project athletes will be running their last races before the US Championships in two weeks time.
First up will be Eric Jenkins in the 1500M where he will run against several of the US's top runners including Olympic Silver Medalist Leo Manzano. Eric hasn't lost a 1500M/Mile race this year after taking down training partner and Gold Medalist Matthew Centrowitz in the road Mile running 3:49.5 and then winning the Wannamaker mile in 3:52.23. Recently Jenkins won the 1500M in California in 3:36.73 and this will serve as his final race before the US Championships. Coach Pete Julian said "the aim is to run for the win and hopefully dip under that World A Standard".
Shannon Rowbury will be running the 5,000M at the Portland Track Festival. Shannon's 14:38.92 American Record won't be on the radar at this meet but Shannon is still looking for a good hard efford. Julian on Rowbury's race: "We're always focusing on both the speed and strength aspects of racing, so running this 5K serves a good purpose". Shannon will head back to Park City after the race for two weeks before competing in Sacramento.
Suguru Osako will headline the Mens 5,000M race at the Portland Track Festival. Suguru is the Japanese record holder at the distance running 13:08.40. Suguru won't be close to that as he recently finished 3rd in the Boston Marathon and is not back in his top track shape. Julian commented, "Suguru is just getting his legs back from his great run in Boston. He will run the 5K this weekend to help prepare for the 10K at the Japanese Championships".
The Portland Track Festival will be run at Lewis and Clarke College this weekend and will be live on Flotrack.