Athletes race for British mile titles on sunny day in London
Chris O’Hare dedicates Long Island Mile win to David TorrenceSeptember 7, 2017
The HOKA One One event was renamed the David Torrence Mile in honour of the Olympic 5000m finalist who died last month
Chris O’Hare was among the winners at the Hoka One One Long Island Mile on Wednesday and, after the race, the Briton dedicated his win to David Torrence.
The elite men’s race had been renamed the David Torrence Mile in honour of the Olympic 5000m finalist and two-time Hoka One One Long Island Mile champion, who died the week before he had been due to defend his title at this year’s event.
After claiming victory in 3:56.22 in very wet conditions, O’Hare paid further tribute to Torrence, who had been found dead in a swimming pool in Arizona at the age of 31.
“This one is for you D.T.” the Scottish runner wrote on Twitter.
This one is for you D.T. pic.twitter.com/0uwfmluE81
— Chris O'Hare (@chrisohare1500) September 7, 2017
Prior to the race, O’Hare had written: “No better way to remember our good friend than doing what he loved most – racing hard and fast. You’ll be sorely missed.”
In Long Island, world 1500m finalist O’Hare – who won over that distance at the Müller Anniversary Games and British Championships – held off New Zealand’s two-time Olympic medallist Nick Willis, who clocked 3:56.41. USA’s John Gregorek was third in 3:57.50.
It was a Team B.A.A. double, as Emily Lipari won the women’s mile in 4:28.84 from Brenda Martinez with 4:28.96.