The United States won eight gold medals in events with Diamond League status on Saturday. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. is the most prestigious track and field event in the United States in 2017.
The eight American gold medalists in Eugene in events with Diamond League status on Saturday were Sam Kendricks of Oceanside, Calif. (men's pole vault), Christian Taylor of Fayetteville, Ga. (men's triple jump), Ashley Spencer of Indianapolis, Ind. (women's 400m hurdles), Jasmin Stowers of Pendleton, S. C. (women's 100m hurdles), Ryan Crouser of Boring, Ore. (men's shot put), LaShawn Merritt of Portsmouth, Va. (men's 400m), Ronnie Baker of Louisville, Ky. (men's 100m) and Tori Bowie of Sand Hill, Miss. (women's 200m). Of the eight gold medalists, there were four American Olympic gold medalists.
Taylor won the gold medal in the men's triple jump at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Crouser won the gold medal in the men's shot put at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Merritt won the gold medal in the men's 400m and men's 4x400m relay at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and the men's 4x400m relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Bowie won the gold medal in the women's 4x100m relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
However, the gold medals for Baker and Stowers deserve honourable mention. Baker won the gold medal in a tough field that included American Justin Gatlin and Canadian Andre de Grasse, while Stowers won a rich American field that included Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson.