April 28, 2003
For Immediate Release
MUTOLA VS. MILES CLARK VS. JACOBS
Eugene, Oregon--Mozambique's Maria Mutola, the reigning Olympic, World Outdoor, and World Indoor Champion at 800 meters, will race that distance in the Prefontaine Classic on May 24th at Hayward Field. Mutola has an impressive list of streaks: 10 straight victories in the Prefontaine Classic, the most of any athlete; eight times ranked No. 1 in the world at 800 meters by Track & Field News magazine, including the last five years in a row; medaled in every Olympic, World Indoor, and World Outdoor Championships since 1996, including golds in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2001 Edmonton World Championships; captured her fifth World Indoor title on March 16th of this year in Birmingham, England. Now a resident of Johannesburg, South Africa, Maria will return to Eugene, where she lived during the 1990s, exclusively for the Prefontaine Classic.
Mutola will face the American Recordholder at 800 meters, Jearl Miles Clark. Herself a World Champion at 400 meters, Miles Clark has alternated between the two distances in recent years, and has recorded the three fastest two-lap times ever by an American, including her national record of 1:56.40. In 2002, Miles Clark concentrated on the 400 meters, and was ranked an impressive 3rd in the world by Track & Field News. At age 36, Miles Clark has been world-ranked in the 400 or 800 an astonishing 14 times, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Nor does fellow American Regina Jacobs, who followed up the first-ever sub-4:00 indoor 1500 in February with a gold medal at that distance in the World Indoor Championships in March. Jacobs is the American Recordholder at 1000 meters, and ranked No. 1 in the U.S. at 800 meters as recently as 2001. Joining these three will be Canadian Recordholder and No. 6 in the world Diane Cummins, Olympic 4th placer and former NCAA Champion Brigita Langerholc of Slovenia, and America's No. 3 last year, Jen Toomey.