By Aubrey Campbell
SHE MADE IT. Elinor Purrier breaks the tape to win the marquee Women’s Wanamaker Mile in a new American record time of 4:16.85 seconds at Saturday’s 113th staging of the Millrose Games, at the NY Armory, Washington Heights, NY.
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NEW YORK, NY. Sunday, February 9, 2020 --The NYC Armory in Washington Heights was filled to capacity last Saturday, for the conclusion of the 113th staging of the Millrose Games in Track & Field Athletics. It was an opportunity for athletes to measure their level of preparedness, with a number of championships on the line, starting this weekend with the US Indoor Championships, in New Mexico.
The crowd was treated to some outstanding performances from the junior through to the pros, led by American Donovan Brazier, who set an American record with a fast, 1:44.22 clocking in the 800 meters event for men. Four months ago, running at the WC in Doha, Qatar, he broke the 34-year American outdoor record, running 1:42.34.
Elinor Purrier was another of the outstanding Americans, running a very tactical race to beat Konstanze Klosterhalfen of Germany, the 2019 WC bronze medalist in the 5,000 meters. The two runners entered the home stretch, in stride, before Purrier with a last gasp, surged ahead to hit the tape in 4:16.85, for a new American mark.
While the Americans were running from the front, including Ajee Wilson in the women’s 800 meters, a number of Jamaica’s senior athletes were content to stay in the middle of the pact. Natoya Goule, 1:59.35, had to settle for the silver behind Wilson, 1:58.29, the best outing of meeting.
The Allyson Felix v Briana Williams match up did not really materialize, as after being adjudged to have false started and given the benefit of the doubt by the judges, young Williams finished third in a personal best (PB) 7.18 seconds with Felix finishing down the field in sixth (7.32). The race was won by Javianne Oliver (USA), 7.13. Another Jamaican, TrudyAnn Williamson finished last, 7.37 seconds.
Jevaughn Rattray gave Jamaica its second bronze medal of the meet, with a time of 6.62 seconds in the Men’s 60 dashes, behind a pair of Americans Ronnie Baker (6.54) and Demek Kemp (6.56).
Omar McLeod and Andrew Riley were no-shows in the Men’s 60 meters hurdles event.