Pre-Paris Olympic final: Four world-leading heavyweights headline men’s 200m at Prefontaine Classic/Eugene Diamond League 


A host of stars are set to compete in the men's 200 meters at the Prefontaine Diamond League Classic in Eugene.

The men's 200m at the Prefontaine Classic/Eugene Diamond League on May 25 will be like a pre-Olympic final in Paris, with the world's leading heavyweight runners making up the stacked field.

Topping the list is Kenny Bednarek, who currently holds a personal best of 19.67 seconds when he claimed victory at the Doha Diamond League.


American runner Kenny Bednarek.

In doing so, the 25-year-old American speedster extended his unbeaten streak this season and will look to do the same at his country's speedway in Eugene.


American legend Michael Johnson's reaction after Kenny Bednarek's stunning lead in the world-class 200m at the Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar.


The season's most prepared male runner is also listed as a major threat this season. But first, he will aim to avoid back-to-back losses when he takes on Bednarek in the 100m at the Los Angeles Grand Prix on May 18.

Letsile Tebogo and Kenny Bednarek face off at the Los Angeles Grand Prix

In-form speedsters Letsile Tebogo and Kenny Bednarek are set to compete against each other for the first time this season at the Los Angeles Grand Prix.


Tebogo's first defeat of the season came to Courtney Lindsay via a faster reaction time, despite both clocking identical 19.71 seconds at the Kip Keino Classic.

The Botswana teenager began his season by setting a world record in the 300m, was flawless in the 400m with the fourth-fastest time in the world this year at 44.26 seconds, and played a vital role at the World Relay Championships in helping his country win the 4x400m. for men. Gold medal for qualifying for the Olympics.


Courtney Lindsay defeated Letsile Tebogo at the Kip Keino Classic in Kenya

Meanwhile, Lindsay is also on a career-high after beating Tebogo and then losing to Bednarek in Doha. He will look to prove that his early season form is not a fluke by going for another famous win against the big names.

And it will make the star-studded Aerion Knighton even more appetizing as he has everything it takes to challenge for the win too, having secured a PB of 19.40 seconds – the fourth fastest time in history.


Aerion Knighton is one of the next big names in the 200m

Interestingly, the other names that complete the list are also massively talented and could cause upset. They are Canadian Aaron Brown, American Kerry King, fast-finishing Liberian Joseph Vahnbulle, American Jeremiah Curry, and Alexander Ogandu from Dominica.

It is worth noting that whoever wins will become a contender for the medal and the title on the critics' list before the Olympic Games in Paris.



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