Athletes encounter visa issues for Prefontaine meet

Mo Farah of Great Britain competes in the men�s 10,000 meter run. Farah took his third Prefontaine Classic title in the 10,000 with a time of 26:53.71. Photo by August Frank, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Some 10 athletes, including 2015 world champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov, encountered issues with obtaining visas to compete in the Prefontaine Classic track meet.

The meet starting Friday night is the only U.S. stop for the international Diamond League series.

Organizer Tom Jordan said it was the first time in nearly a decade that athletes had encountered visa problems traveling to the United States for the meet. He said the athletes were from various countries, including Russia and Ethiopia.

Shubenkov's visa was approved Thursday, too late for him to travel to Eugene, Oregon, according to the athlete's Instagram post. No reason was given for the delay.

The Russian was supposed to be part of a start-studded field for the 110-meter hurdles at the Prefontaine, which includes Rio Olympics gold medalist Omar McLeod of Jamaica and U.S. star Devon Allen.

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