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World track and field championships moved to July 2022 in Oregon

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Eugene, Ore., will host the world track and field championships July 15-24, 2022, World Athletics announced Wednesday.

The championships had been set for Aug. 6-15, 2021. But with the Tokyo Olympics moved from 2021 from 2022, the event was moved back one year.

Many athletes will have a busy summer in 2022. The 2022 Commonwealth Games will proceed as scheduled July 27-Aug. 7 in Birmingham, England, as will the multisport European Championships Aug. 11-21 in Munich, Germany.

“This will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said. “They will be treated to six weeks of absolutely first-class athletics.”

The world championships will be held at Eugene’s Hayward Field, which has a long history of hosting major U.S. events — Olympic trials, U.S. championships and the NCAA championships — as well as the 2014 world junior championships and the Prefontaine Classic, an annual Diamond League event. The stadium is being expanded to 12,650 permanent seats with the capability of being further expanded to 25,000.

This year’s Prefontaine Classic is set to be the first meet in the renovated stadium, but the coronavirus may threaten plans to host the event as scheduled June 6-7. Diamond League events scheduled for May have been postponed.

The last world championships were held in 2019 in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. led the medal tally with 14 gold medals and 29 total.

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Olympic track and field trials go back to Eugene

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The 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are headed back to Eugene, Ore., it was announced Thursday, one year after the meet was originally awarded to Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) in Walnut, Calif.

The University of Oregon will host the trials for a fourth straight time dating to 2008.

USA Track and Field announced in June 2017 that Mt. SAC would host the 2020 trials. USATF said three months ago that bidding was reopened amid litigation surrounding the construction of a new stadium at Mt. SAC.

The Los Angeles area college originally beat out Eugene, Ore., and Sacramento for the trials. When bidding was reopened, the candidates were reportedly Eugene, Sacramento (host of the 2000 and 2004 trials) and Austin, Texas.

The trials will be June 19-28, 2020, (with two off days) ahead of the Olympics, which run July 24-Aug. 9 in Tokyo.

Hayward Field was recently torn down and is being replaced by a new stadium scheduled to be completed in spring 2020. Hayward will also host the 2021 World Championships.

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17-year-old runs 3:52 mile at Pre Classic

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Jakob Ingebrigtsen, a 17-year-old Norwegian, clocked 3:52.28 at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, faster than Alan Webb‘s U.S. high school record set at Pre in 2001.

“My goal was to take Alan Webb’s record,” Ingebrigtsen told media in Eugene, Ore.

It’s the second-fastest mile in history recorded by somebody younger than 18, according to the IAAF. Qatar’s Hamza Driouch ran 3:50.90 in 2012, clocked two months before two years of his results would be annulled by a doping ban.

Webb famously ran 3:53.43 as an 18-year-old at Pre in 2001, which led to him appearing on “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Ingebrigtsen, who ran 3:58 at Pre last year to become the youngest sub-4-minute miler in history, finished fourth in a field of the world’s best middle-distance runners. His two older brothers, Filip and Henrik, are also middle-distance runners (but weren’t in Saturday’s race).

Ingebrigtsen beat Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz (fifth) and Olympic 800m bronze medalist Clayton Murphy (sixth) in the Bowerman Mile. The race’s second-place finisher is 18 years old — Ethiopian Samuel Tefera ran 3:51.26

Webb was at Saturday’s meet, in part to award the 400th man to run a sub-4-minute mile in Pre Classic history.

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