Timothy Cheruiyot confirmed for star-studded Bowerman Mile field in history at the Prefontaine Classic

Timothy Cheruiyot confirmed for star-studded Bowerman Mile field in history at the Prefontaine Classic

Abigael Wafula 19:34 - 11.05.2024

Former World 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot has been confirmed for this year’s Bowerman Mile at the Prefontaine Classic, the most stacked in history.

This year’s Bowerman Mile at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, May 25 will witness a clash of titans, having attracted one of the most stacked fields in history.

Rivalries will be renewed and athletes will be looking to make an impact in the build-up to the Olympic Games happening in Paris, France.

The field assembled comprises former World 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot, two-time world 5000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen, reigning world 1500m champion Josh Kerr, and the former champion Jake Wightman.

Others included in the strong field are Geordie Beamish (NZL), Matthew Centrowitz (USA), reigning World Under-20 1500m champion Reynold Kipkorir Cheruiyot, Mario García (ESP), Lamecha Girma (ETH), Neil Gourley (GBR) and Oliver Hoare (AUS).

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Cole Hocker (USA), Hobbs Kessler (USA), Abel Kipsang (KEN), Cameron Myers (AUS) and Yared Nuguse (USA) are also in the mix. The stacked field comprises two Olympic champions in Centrowitz (2016) and Ingebrigtsen (2021).

Previously, race organisers announced Ingebrigtsen, Nuguse, and Kerr as the headliners on the field and the addition of the other athletes makes it an interesting race to watch.

The race will mark Ingebrigtsen’s first meeting with Wightman since the Brit upset him at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, USA.

Ingebrigtsen has been down with an injury and returned to training recently and the event will also be his season opener after missing the 2024 indoor season due to the same Achilles injury. The current world-leading mile time is 3:51.06 by Nuguse at the Penn Relays.

Meanwhile, Cheruiyot is hoping to execute a good race and hopefully make the cut to the Kenyan team at the Olympics. He has also been down with injuries and is just coming back into competition following his unceremonious exit from the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Kipsang and Reynold are also keen to enjoy a great outing and place Kenya on the world map in the historic race.