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Bernard Lagat wins 8th Wanamaker Mile at Millrose

Bernard Lagat wins 8th Wanamaker Mile at Millrose

Bernard Lagat won the Wanamaker Mile for the eighth time and broke Irish great Eamonn Coghlan's Millrose Games record on Friday.
Lagat clocked 3 minutes, 56.34 seconds at Madison Square Garden in the 103rd edition of the meet. The American beat reigning Olympic champ Asbel Kiprop of Kenya by less than 2 seconds.
The Kenyan-born Lagat has won five Olympic and world championship medals in the 1,500 meters and two more in the 5,000.
With Coghlan in attendance, the 35-year-old Lagat was content to hang behind Kiprop for nearly the entire race, making his move with exactly one lap to go.
Kiprop, who finished second in Beijing but moved up to gold when Rashid Ramzi was caught doping, was making his indoor debut.
American Lisa Barber returned to the track for the first time in 11 months and showed she's fully healed from a serious Achilles' tendon injury, beating a strong field in the 60 meters.
Barber, the 2006 world indoor champion, edged two-time Olympic 200-meter gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica.
Barber didn't run for seven months as she went through extensive rehab. It didn't seem fun at the time, but now as she looks back she realizes the break was a good experience.
"Now I enjoy track more," she said.
Barber had battled injuries before, but "never like that to where I'm questioning, 'Is this it? Is it over?'" she said.
It's definitely not over. She got to make her comeback in front of her family. Barber and Campbell-Brown both posted times of 7.24 seconds.
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell won the men's 60 hurdles, and 2008 bronze medalist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada won the women's race.
Reigning world champ Christian Cantwell won the shot put with a throw of 21.95 meters.
American Ivory Williams won the men's 60 in 6.59 seconds.


Updated : 2021-04-14 07:10 GMT+08:00