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Deresse Mekonnen wins Wanamaker Mile at Millrose

Deresse Mekonnen wins Wanamaker Mile at Millrose

Ethiopia's Deresse Mekonnen won the Wanamaker Mile on Friday, becoming the first runner other than Bernard Lagat to win the Millrose Game's marquee event since 2004.
The 23-year-old finished in 3 minutes, 58.58 seconds, holding off Lagat's challenges in the final two laps.
Mekonnen, the two-time defending world indoor 1,500-meter champion, had to pull out of the Millrose Games last year when Lagat won a record eighth Wanamaker Mile _ and sixth in a row _ because of visa problems.
Lagat finished in 3:59.01 and American David Torrence was third in 4:00.13.
"I had not competed for about six months due to illness," Mekonnen said through a translator. "I expected that Lagat would win and I thought that if he were first I might maybe make second."
Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown started her season with a strong showing in the 60-meter dash. The toughest part of competing in the 104th Millrose Games for her was getting to Madison Square Garden.
Campbell-Brown, a two-time Olympic 200-meter gold medalist, made it from Florida late Thursday after enduring 36 hours of flight delays because of the snowstorm that shut New York area airports.
After a slow start out of the blocks, she blew past a strong field about 25 meters into the race, clocking a time of 7.11 seconds to beat Americans Lauryn Williams (7.22) and defending women's 60-meter champion Lisa Barber (7.23).
Nesta Carter, also of Jamaica, won the men's 60 in a time of 6.52 seconds, beating American Mike Rodgers by 0.04 seconds. Trell Kimmons of the United States was third in 6.57.
Campbell-Brown _ a five-time Olympic medalist and a winner of five medals at the world championships _ is preparing to compete in the 100 and 200 at the World Championships in South Korea beginning in late August.
"It's early in the season, it's a good way to start," she said. "It's a championship year and I will run each race to prepare. As of now I don't have a schedule but we will run the necessary races to be ready for the trials and championships."
Williams, the 2004 Olympic 100-meter silver medalist, only competed in a few races in Europe last season.
"I was nervous, I felt like it was the Olympics just because it had been a year. There's a lot of anxiety, butterflies," she said. "I got blasted out of the blocks, but closed nicely so it shows that I'm fit and I'm ready."
Jamaica's Vonette Dixon won the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.00 seconds but finished sixth in the 60 dash.
In the shot put, Ryan Whiting beat favorite and reigning world champion Christian Cantwell with a throw of 69 feet, 11 inches. Cantwell was second at 69-4 1/4.
Ashton Eaton, who set the heptathlon world record at last year's U.S. collegiate indoor championships, won an event that pitted the three top American decathletes against one another in the 60-meter dash, high jump and shot put. Eaton beat 2008 Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay and 2009 world champion Trey Hardee.


Updated : 2021-07-29 10:43 GMT+08:00