Ajee Wilson breaks American indoor 800m record, while Britain’s Andrew Butchart runs 8:12.63 for two miles in New York
Millrose Games features superb performances
Ajee Wilson brought the crowd to its feet at the 110th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, shattering the 14-year-old American indoor 800m record in 1:58.27.
Behind her, Charlene Lipsey ran 1:58.64 and Britain’s Lynsey Sharp 2:01.14.
Dutch star Sifan Hassan ended Shannon Rowbury’s mile winning streak with a world-leading plus national and meet record 4:19.89 for the first time the 4:20 mark had been breached indoors on US soil since 1999. Kate Grace was second with an also fast 4:22.93, while Rowbury was third in 4:23.05 and six more went under 4:30.
Hassan also ran a world-leading 4:03.05 at 1500m, with Rowbury running a US-leading 4:04.56.
Eric Jenkins made it a clean sweep for the Nike Oregon Project milers, surging past hometown favourite Kyle Merber in the final lap to win in 3:53.23, also a world lead. Second was Olympic 800m medallist Clayton Murphy with 3:54.31.
Ben True won a 2-mile race in a world-leading 8:11.33 ahead of Ryan Hill’s 8:11.56 and Briton Andrew Butchart’s 8:12.63.
One consolation for Hill was that he set a world-leading time for 3000m, hitting that split in 7:40.80, just ahead of True (7:40.96). Butchart’s 3000m split of 7:41.05 puts him second on the UK indoor all-time list behind only Mo Farah.
Courtney Okolo ran an American record of 1:07.34 for the 500m, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd. Runner-up Alysia Montano crossed the line in 1:09.55 for second.
Less than 24 hours after being upgraded to the bronze medal for the 2011 and 2013 World Championships 800m, Montano spoke emotionally about her feelings.
Olympic winner Shaunae Miller clocked the third fastest ever 300m with a 35.71 world lead and national record over Ashley Spencer’s 36.27, Natasha Hastings’ 36.88 and teen star Sydney McLaughlin’s 37.09.
Vernon Norwood was excellent in the men’s 500m with the third fastest ever of 1:00.11 ahead of Brycen Spratling’s 1:00.90 and hurdles veteran Bershawn Jackson’s 1:01.17.
There was another world lead for Olympic champion Ekaterini Stefanidi as she cleared 4.82m in the pole vault, beating Sandi Morris’ 4.72m and Katie Nageotte’s 4.62m.
Omar McLeod clocked 7.46 in the hurdles and another Olympic winner, Derek Drouin, topped the high jump with 2.27m.
Kallur starts with 8.06
Sweden won the women’s contest from Finland at the Nordenkampen in Tampere (138-122) on Saturday, with Finland beating Sweden in the men’s contest (140-121.5).
Susanna Kallur opened her season after illness with a quick 8.06 in the 60m hurdles from Nooralotta Neziri (8.12), while teammate Sofia Skoog cleared 1.92m in the high jump.
Other top marks included Denmark’s Stina Troest (2:02.74) in the 800m ahead of Hedda Hynne (2:02.80) and Lovisa Lindh (2:03.12) and steeplechaser Charlotta Fougberg winning the 1500m in 4:17.12.
European under-20 champion Benjamin Lobo Vedel, 19, improved his indoor 400m PB to 46.58 and Norway’s super-talent Karsten Warholm set a European indoor 300m hurdles best of 34.92 to equal the world best.
Elsewhere, Norway’s Helene Rønningen achieved a 7.43/23.55 sprint double, while Finland took good field event wins through Kristiina Mäkela (13.89m) in the triple jump and Minna Nikkanen (4.40m) in the pole vault.
Mitchell-Blake indoor PB and Euro lead
Wallace Spearmon is back to fast times. At the Tyson Invitational he won his 200m race in 20.69. But he was not the best of the day as Just’n Thymes clocked 20.47 in another race ahead of Trinidad’s Rondel Sorrillo with 20.49.
Briton Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake was the best in the next race with a European lead and indoor PB of 20.49 ahead of Michael Norman’s 20.75.
In the women’s 200m, Deanna Hall clocked 22.74. Jacorian Duffield cleared 2.30m in the high jump and Jamaican Clive Pullen leapt a world lead and national record 17.19m in the triple jump.
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