Top U.S.Throwers to compete at Nike Prefontaine Classic

The reigning world outdoor champion in the shot put and two-time silver medalist at the Olympics, Adam Nelson will be challenged by the reigning world indoor champion Reese Hoffa and current world leader Christian Cantwell.

Ian Waltz and Jarred Rome, two of America's best discus throwers, who were ranked #8 and #9 respectively in the world last year by Track & Field News magazine, will have their hands full competing against discus legend Virjilijus Alekna of Lithuania, the gold medalist from the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games and the 2003 and 2005 World Championships.

In the women's hammer, American record holder Erin Gilreath will square off against two other National record holders, Croatian Ivana Brkljacic and Canadian Jennifer Joyce. Also in the fray are 2005 USA Outdoor runner-up Bethany Hart and 2005 NCAA champion Loree Smith.

The Nike Prefontaine Classic will begin at 1:30 p.m. PT at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The third stop on USATF's 2006 Visa Championship Series, the Nike Prefontaine Classic will be broadcast live on ESPN from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. PT (5 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET).

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