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The Prefontaine Classic 400 meter race this year is set to be a fantastic race. Last year LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James battled to the line in a very close race and they will be racing each other again. Last year's World Silver medalist Tony McQuay will also be racing as will this year's World Indoor Silver medalist Chris Brown. The Prefontaine Classic is always one of the best meets in the world and 2014 will be great as usual.
The world’s two best 400m runners headline another loaded field in Eugene on 31 May at the 40th Prefontaine Classic, the third leg of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League, as world champion LaShawn Merritt takes on Olympic champion Kirani James.
A story of redemption played out on the streets of Boston, a year after tragedy the city showed its resilience. Perhaps the best personification of the resilient people of Boston was Mebrathom Keflezighi. Meb ended the American victory drought by being the first American to win Boston since 1983. Meb winning the race so captured the American spirit that he was featured on the front page of the newspapers of record this morning. In what will in time likely be remembered as the pinnacle of Meb's career (which is saying something, considering he has an Olympic medal and a NY win) one of America's all-time great runners demonstrated the depths of the spirit of runners and athletes everywhere to overcome and move beyond tragedy. When Meb donned the victor's laurel wreath with the Stars and Stripes around his shoulders, it was almost as if all of America won. Meb showed everyone who said he was too old and past his prime that he could still compete with and beat the best in the world. Another personifcation of resilience came from hometown hero Shalane Flanagan, who grew up just outside of Boston and wanted desperately to win and put forth a courageous effort, but fell to seventh place. She did however post the fastest time ever run by an American over the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.
Christian Cantwell has been off his game due to injuries for the past few years, but he was feeling good and throwing far this weekend at the Kansas Relays downtown shot put. The 2009 World Champion threw 21.36 WL to beat some big names in downtown Lawrence, including Reese Hoffa and Ryan Whiting. As Cantwell said "It felt okay, I threw it a little easier just to make sure I got it to stay in, first of all, and get it down the gut. I did that and it ended up being good". So there's obviously more there for Cantwell, 21.36 looks to just be the start of a comeback year. Welcome back, Christian Cantwell.
The Boston Marathon weekend races got started today with the BAA Mile and 5k. The 5k had some great battles to the finish in both the women's and men's races. Molly Huddle went from fifth to first over the last mile of the race to earn the win. Ben True came off a less than ideal training stint to almost run down Dejen Gebremeskel in the 5k. Nick Willis and Morgan Uceny added another BAA Mile win to their resumes. Willis got the win ahead of Paul Robinson and Leo Manzano, who sported his Hoka One One racing kit for the first time. Uceny held off Heather Kampf and Brie Felnagle who both finished within a second of Uceny. These races are a great appetizer for Monday's main course, the Boston Marathon.