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Athletics: Distance races to continue at Prefontaine despite IAAF changes
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Mar 15, 2019 3:53 PM 1+ week ago

(Reuters) - Distance races are expected to continue at Oregon's Prefontaine Classic and at other meetings even though the Diamond League is dropping events longer than 3,000 meters from its globally televised program in 2020, officials say.

The sport's ruling IAAF said on Monday that starting in 2020 the number of Diamond League disciplines will be cut from 32 to 24 with 12 each for men and women and the longest event on the circuit's televised program will be 3,000 meters.

But that does not prevent meetings from holding other events, according to Tom Jordan, meeting director of the Diamond League's Prefontaine Classic, and the International Association of Athletics Federations CEO Jon Ridgeon.

"When we're back at the new Hayward Field (with the Classic) I imagine that we would have the distance night on Friday as we have had in the past that could feature a 10,000 meters, could feature a 5,000 meters, or could feature one of each for men and women," Jordan told Reuters in a telephone ...

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