It was a race of two at the 2021 Prefontaine Classic Bowerman Mile, as Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Stewart McSweyn clashed. Ingebrigtsen was victorious, posting a big PB. The Norwegian stopped the clock at 3:47.24 to set a new meet record. Australian Stewart McSweyn was still with the Olympic champion with just 200m to go, as the pair put a substantial gap on the rest of the field. Stew finished 2nd in 3:48.40, just 0.03 off his PB and Australian record. Stew’s time is the second fastest in Australian history, a great run.
In third was Timothy Cheruiyot, the Olympic 1500m silver medalist and 2019 world champion.
Two other Australians toed the line in Eugene. Olli Hoare had a good run, taking just under two seconds off his personal best clocking 3:51.63 for 5th. The time moves Olli from 10th to 7th on the Australian all-time list. The third Australian in Eugene was Matthew Ramsden. The popular ‘Rambo’ finished 11th in 3:53.97, a season best but a way off his 3:51.23 PB set last year.
Australian Men’s Mile All-Time Rankings List as of 22/8/2021
- Stewart McSweyn: 3:48.37
- Craig Mottram: 3.48.98
- Jye Edwards: 3:49.27
- Simon Doyle: 3.49.91
- Matthew Ramsden: 3:51.23
- Jeff Riseley: 3.51.25
- Oliver Hoare: 3:51.63
- Mike Hillardt: 3.51.82
- Ryan Gregson: 3.52.24
- Mark Fountain: 3.53.24
Amazingly, 6 from the top-10 list above are still running, showing how strong Australian middle distance running is.
The 2016 Rio Olympic 1500m champ, Matthew Centrowitz, also stepped up at Pre. He finished 9th in 3:53.32, quite a way off the 3:49 he posted a week before the Olympics. For the full results see below:
NB: Stayed tuned for more news from the Pre Classic