Mo Farah wins 10K at the Prefontaine Classic
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Olympian Mo Farah of Great Britain won his third 10,000-meter title in the Prefontaine Classic on Friday night.
Farah, who won gold medals in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the 2012 Olympics, pulled out front with about two laps to go and withstood Kenyan William Malel Sitonik with a surge on the final turn to finish in 26 minutes, 53.71 seconds at Hayward Field.
''I am really happy where I am,'' Farah said. ''I am in a lot better shape than I was in 2012.''
It was Farah's second straight victory in the event at the Pre, and third overall. In all three wins he has finished under the 27-minute mark.
The 33-year-old's last outdoor events on a track came last year at the world championships in Beijing, where he won both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.
Farah trains with the Nike Oregon Project. His teammate, American Galen Rupp, opted not to run in the Prefontaine and instead focus on the Olympic Trials in July. Rupp has already made the Olympic marathon team for this summer's Rio Games, but he could make a bid for a double in the 10,000 meters.
Kenyan Hellen Obiri won the women's 5,000 meters in 14:32.02, surging on the final lap for a personal best time. The top American finisher was Molly Huddle, 16 seconds behind Obiri for 11th place.
Olympian Alysia Montano won the women's 800 in 2:00.78. Known for running with a flower in her hair, Montano is a six-time U.S. outdoor champion in the event.
''I knew it was going to be a little cold, a little windy,'' Montano said. ''So I knew it was going to be a little bit different, like in terms of just feeling it out and not going for a really quick time.''
Joe Kovacs won the shot put with a throw of 72 feet, 7 1/4 inches, the best mark in the world this season. Croatian Sandra Perkovic, the gold-medal winner at the London Games, won the women's discus. Earlier in the evening, two-time world champion Pawel Fajdek of Poland won the men's hammer.
American Brittney Reese, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, won the long jump with a leap of 22-8 1/2.
''Just to get that win, it sets me up good for my season and it shows that I'm in form and good shape going into Rio,'' Reese said.
The Prefontaine Classic, the only U.S. stop on the international Diamond League series, continues on Saturday.