Yared Nuguse Sets NACAC Mile Record in Thrilling Loss to Ingebrigtsen at Prefontaine Classic
Yared Nuguse may not have won the men’s mile at the opening day of the Prefontaine Classic – Eugene Diamond League Final, but he did set a new North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Area record. American Nuguse clocked in a personal best time of 3:43.97, falling just behind Norwegian sensation Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who broke multiple records with a 3:43.73 finish.
Nuguse said: “I feel like a 3:44, 45 felt reasonable, but 43 is the same second as the world record, which is absolutely insane that we were able to do that today, but still a great race.”
“This is gonna be my last chance for a while to beat him (Ingebrigtsen), I might as well just pour my whole heart into it. It was the perfect race because I just felt very unbothered the entire time, so it was all just really gritting it out and seeing who could run faster. But you know, definitely tough competitor but still felt really good about it,” added Nuguse.
Ingebrigtsen’s blistering pace broke area, Diamond League, meet, and world-leading records, as well as setting his own personal best. This high-caliber race set the tone for a day filled with record-breaking performances across a range of athletic events.
Shericka Jackson and Christian Coleman won their respective 100m races. Jackson posted a time of 10.70s, ahead of Marie-Josée Ta Lou from Ivory Coast, who finished in 10.75s. Americans Sha’Carri Richardson and Twanisha Terry came in with times of 10.80s and 10.83s, respectively, while Natasha Morrison of Jamaica set a personal best of 10.85s.
Coleman claimed first place in the men’s 100m with a world-lead time of 9.83s. Noah Lyles and Ferdinand Omanyala followed with times of 9.85s each.
Rai Benjamin from the USA stood out in the 400m hurdles, setting a new record with a time of 46.39s. He was closely followed by Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who finished in 46.53s. Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands took third place with a time of 47.31s, and Brazilian Alison dos Santos came in fourth at 47.44s.
“Being a sprinter, that’s what I am. Went back to my old race model, because my second half is just amazing. Just tried to channel that today and I feel like I did a really good job. I came out here with no expectation, just to have fun and close out the season,” said Benjamin.
In the men’s 400m, Grenadian Kirani James set a season’s best of 44.30s. Americans Quincy Hall and Vernon Norwood finished with times of 44.44s and 44.61s, respectively. Bryce Deadmon, another American, and Jamaican Rusheen McDonald rounded out the top five with times of 44.90s and 45.10s.
In the women’s shot put, American Chase Ealey set multiple records with a 20.76m throw. Canadian Sarah Mitton and Portuguese Auriol Dongmo followed with throws of 19.94m and a personal best of 19.92m, respectively.
Katie Moon from the USA cleared 4.86m in the women’s pole vault, setting a meet record. Tina Sutej of Slovenia secured second place with a personal best of 4.81m, and American Sandi Morris finished third with 4.71m.
In the men’s high jump, American JuVaughn Harrison finished third with a 2.33m leap, behind Sanghyeok Woo of South Korea, who equaled a national record with a 2.35m jump.
In the women’s triple jump, Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas set world-leading and meet records with a jump of 15.35m. Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts came second with a 15.03m jump, and Kimberly Williams, also from Jamaica, claimed third with a season-best 14.61m.
By Anthony Foster for NACAC