Olympic sixth-placer is fourth in his comeback track race won by Hagos Gebrhiwet as the IAAF World Indoor Tour kicks off
Andrew Butchart marked his track racing return with a fourth-place finish over 3000m at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Saturday.
In the 27-year-old’s first indoor race since breaking the navicular bone in his right foot at the Millrose Games in New York last February, he clocked 7:46.50 in a race won by Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet in 7:37.41.
Butchart’s fellow Scot Chris O’Hare ran 7:47.78 for fifth, his time moving him to second on the Scottish all-time list behind Butchart’s best of 7:41.05 set in 2017, while Andrew Heyes was ninth in 8:00.26.
“New Balance Indoor GP 2019 – you are one I will never forget,” Butchart wrote on Instagram. “It’s time to be lethal.”
The meeting kicked off the IAAF World Indoor Tour and among those taking full points in the tour disciplines was Yomif Kejelcha, who ran an Ethiopian indoor mile record of 3:51.70 for victory and to move to 12th on the world indoor all-time list.
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Gabriela Stafford won the women’s mile in another Canadian indoor record of 4:24.80, after clocking 14:57.45 for 5000m in Glasgow earlier this month.
There was a dominant 5000m win by Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen as she clocked 15:15.80 ahead of USA’s runner-up Jenny Simpson with 15:33.38, while American Katie Nageotte enjoyed a perfect record up to her winning height of 4.86m to beat Greece’s Olympic and world champion Katerina Stefanidi in the pole vault.
Sydney McLaughlin won in her first race since turning professional, clocking 69.46 in the 500m, while her fellow American Raevyn Rogers won the 600m in 1:27.31 ahead of GB’s Lynsey Sharp with 1:29.11. Rai Benjamin secured 300m success in 32.55.
American Donavan Brazier claimed the 800m win in 1:45.91 as GB’s Guy Learmonth finished fifth in an indoor PB of 1:46.98, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye claimed full tour points in the 60m, clocking 7.21.
USA’s Maggie Ewen threw 19.28m to win the shot put ahead of Germany’s Christina Schwanitz with 18.87m.
Full results can be found here.