British Olympian Jemma Reekie won the 5th Avenue Mile that was held on Sunday (12) in New York City.
Reekie has had a busy season, an 800-meter specialist. She missed out on an Olympic medal in the 800 meters in Tokyo, finishing fourth in that race in a personal best of 1:56.90—0.09 seconds from the bronze medal. In all, she’s raced the 800 meters 14 times in 2021, the most recent at the Diamond League meet in Zurich three days ago.
The 23 year-old was more than a second faster than United States Nikki Hiltz who came in second in a time of 4:23.3. Shannon Osika also from the United States closed the first three podium finishes in 4:23.2.
Reekie told the media that her strategy was simple: Don’t think; just run. “I didn’t put too much thought behind it, I just kind of zoned out until the last wee bit,” she told USATF.tv after the race.
She pocketed over kshs 500,000 ($5,000) for the first prize with Hiltz earning over Kshs 350,000, ($3,500), and Osika taking home over Kshs 250,000 ($2,500).
- Jemma Reekie (BRT) 4:21.6
- Nikki Hiltz (USA) 4:23.2
- Shannon Osika (USA) 4:23.3