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Natoya Goule to clash with Ajee Wilson at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

Former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Natoya Goule will clash with the second-fastest American all time in 800m, Ajée Wilson at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, which is the third edition World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meet that will be held today (6) at the Ocean Breeze Athletics Complex on Staten Island.

Goule is the indoor and outdoor record holder and will be the start watch after finishing runner-up to Wilson at the Millrose Games last week.

The 30 year-old will also take on Sammy Watson from the United States and Isabelle Boffey from Great Britain.

Ryan Crouser’s world record canceled

Ryan Crouser produced the best throw of the year at the 14th edition of the Millrose Games that were held on Friday (4) in Millrose, New York City.

Crouser threw a World record throw of 23.38m indoors or outdoors in the third attempt in the men’s shot put, but the result has been canceled due to a measurement equipment error.

Payton Otterdahl’s 22.01m and Nick Ponzio’s Italian record of 21.85m were also canceled.

Christian Coleman beats Trayvon Bromell at the Millrose Games

World indoor champion and record holder Christian Coleman came back with a bang as he beat the 2021 world fastest runner Trayvon Bromell at the 14th edition of the Millrose Games that were held on Friday (4) in Millrose, New York City.

Coleman came back after his 18-month ban for missing three drugs tests and as the eagerly anticipated he ran away with then title in a time of 6.49  ahead of US Olympic Trials champion Trayvon Bromell who pulled 6.50 to finish in second place as Ronnie Baker closed the first three podium finishes in 6.54.

World 200m champion Noah Lyles finished in fourth place in 6.62.

Bryce Hoppel beats Michael Saruni at Millrose Games

United States Bryce Hoppel beat African indoor record holder Michael Saruni in 800m race at the 114th edition of the Millrose Games that were held on Saturday in the snowy-covered city of New York.

Saruni was the fastest athlete on paper when coming into the race and surged to the lead midway through the third lap; Hoppel came off the final turn and turned on the speed to move past Saruni to cut the tape in a world-leading time of 1:46.05.

Hoppel, set an American indoor record in the 1,000m last year, had the lead until the 500m mark and then stayed on the Kenyans shoulder until making his winning move.

Saruni was forced to settle in second place in 1:46.32 with American Isaiah Harris closing the podium finishes in in 1:46.49.

Athing Mu vs. Purrier St. Pierre Will Be The Most Interesting Millrose Match-Up

At the last edition of the Millrose Games nearly two years ago, Elle Purrier St. Pierre won a pitched last-lap battle with Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen in the Wanamaker Mile, setting a new American record of 4:16.85.

Her time was the second-fastest ever indoors by a woman, and was the performance which best telegraphed that she would win the 2021 USA Olympic Trials in the 1500m and qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It was a memorable day for the 26 year-old from Montgomery, Vermont.

“You know, that was probably one of the most favorite races that I’ve ever run,” Purrier St. Pierre said at a press conference here this morning in advance of tomorrow’s 114th Millrose Games at The Armory in Upper Manhattan. She continued: “I went in without a lot of pressure and had great results. I think just that weekend in general was one of my favorite weekends.”

For tomorrow’s Wanamaker, Purrier St. Pierre will again race against Klosterhalfen, who set a German indoor record of 4:17.26 behind her, and her USA Olympic 1500m teammates, Cory McGee and Heather MacLean among others (Purrier St. Pierre and MacLean are training partners).

The field is deep: eleven of the 13 women in the field have run 4:33 or better for the mile and five have run 4:26 or better. But it is the woman with the slowest personal best in the field who is getting most of the attention as potentially Purrier St. Pierre’s top rival.

Athing Mu, the 2021 Olympic 800m gold medalist (who also won gold in the 4 x 400m relay) decided just four days ago to switch from the 800m to the mile after setting a personal best of 4:37.99 at the Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas, on January 15. Of course, she holds the American record for 800m, 1:55.04, a mark which is equivalent to a 4:12.04 mile according to the World Athletics middle distance scoring tables.

Mu, who is just 19, may not have a lot of experience in the mile, but it is a distance she was introduced to early in her high school career. As a ninth grader, she won the freshman section of the mile at the New Balance Nationals Indoors at The Armory in 2017, clocking 4:59.48. Later that year, she again won the freshman section of the mile at the New Balance Nationals Outdoors in 5:02.55.

She likes the event, even though her usual “off” distance is the 400m where she’s run a world class 49.57. “I’m doing the mile again; I’m back,” Mu said playfully this morning. “Some people think it’s kind of new. I guess it’s been a couple of years, so I guess it is kind of new. But, I had a little taste of the mile being a freshman in high school and, I don’t know, it’s just good to be back.”

What kind of fitness Mu has right now for running a distance which is more than double her specialty is anyone’s guess, and she offered no predictions. Instead, she paid tribute to Purrier St. Pierre who ran a personal best 3:58.03 in winning the Olympic Trials and finished tenth in Tokyo. “Elle is amazing,” said Mu. “I watched her compete last year. She’s a really good athlete.” She added:

“I’m excited to be in the race with her.” Purrier St. Pierre, who has been training at altitude in Flagstaff, Ariz., with her New Balance Boston coach Mark Coogan, was reluctant to reveal how she was feeling about her fitness. But when asked about a recent workout she did, she projected confidence. “We went down to Phoenix to run at sea level and we did a 1000 and a workout after and it went pretty well,” she offered, before breaking into a knowing smile and then a laugh.

Neither athlete spoke about what pace the race would might out in, but in 2020 the field hit halfway in a fast 2:09.6 and Purrier St. Pierre ran the last quarter mile in 62.2 seconds where she went from fourth place to first. The crowd roared when Purrier St. Pierre passed the tiring Klosterhalfen in the homestretch, and Mu said she was looking forward to that kind of crowd energy after competing in a virtually empty stadium at the Olympics.

“I’m excited to be back,” said Mu who is from Trenton, New Jersey. “It’s been a couple of years. I’ve run on a couple of more indoor tracks, but there’s nothing like The Armory, especially it being right next to home. The crowd is always amazing.”


Michael Saruni the star to watch at Millrose Games

Kenya’s Michael Saruni will be the star to watch at the Millrose Games, the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting that will be held on January 29, 2020 in New York City.

Saruni is the African indoor record holder with a time of 1:43.98 that places him as the fastest indoor 800m ever achieved in the US. This time also made him the second-fastest indoor performer at that time.

“It will be really great to come back to The Armory and the Millrose Games where I had such a great winning race,” Saruni said.

The 26 years-old will face off with the seventh fastest world indoor all-time list for 800m, Bryce Hoppel who holds a personal best of 1:44.37.  The 24 year-old finished fourth at the 2019 World Championships.

Five other Olympians will take part in this race, including NCAA champion, Isaiah Jewett, Charlie Hunter of Australia, Mexican record-holder Jesus Lopez of Mexico, Spanish record-holder Saul Ordonez and Irish record-holder Mark English. Isaiah Harris, who represented the USA at the 2017 World Championships.

Other top notch athletes to race at the Millrose Games include Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser, Donavan Brazier, world 800m champion, world shot put champion Joe Kovacs, Olympic 800m champion Athing Mu, Olympic pole vault champion Katie Nageotte, world indoor pole vault champion Sandi Morris, world 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison, 2016 world indoor 60m champion Trayvon Bromell, Olympic 200m bronze medallist Gabby Thomas, and Olympic 1500m bronze medallist Josh Kerr.

World 100m champion set for return after serving 18-month ban

World 100m champion Christian Coleman, is set to return to running after serving his 18-month ban for breaching anti-doping whereabouts rules.

The 25 year-old plans to race for the first time in nearly two years at New York’s Millrose Games next month which will start on 29 January and it will be his first since February 2020 after the pandemic and the anti-doping suspension curtailed him.

“I think it will be emotional to get out there and finally display my talents again,” the indoor 60m world record holder said by telephone from Lexington, Kentucky, where he trains.

Colemen had been given a two-year suspension by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) before it was reduced to 18 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Mu and Wilson set to clash over 800m at Millrose Games

Organisers of the Millrose Games have announced that Olympic champion Athing Mu will take on world bronze medallist Ajee Wilson in the 800m at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting on 29 January.

Aged just 19, Mu has this year established herself as the best 800m runner in the world and was undefeated at the distance indoors and outdoors. She won Olympic gold in Tokyo, breaking Wilson’s US 800m record, and then earned a second gold medal in the 4x400m. She went on to lower the US 800m record to 1:55.04 when winning at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Eugene.

“Millrose is the ideal place to begin my season,” said Mu, who last week was named by World Athletics as the 2021 Female Rising Star. “The audience brings great energy and I always look forward to the atmosphere and competing at The Armory – It’s iconic.”

Wilson, a six-time Millrose Games champion, has not lost at this meeting since 2013. Wilson broke her own US indoor record at the 2020 Millrose Games, clocking 1:58.29.

“It’s been a while,” Wilson said, referring to last season’s cancelled Millrose Games due to the pandemic. “I’m super excited to return to The Armory for the Millrose Games.”

World and Olympic finalist Natoya Goule-Toppin, the Jamaican record-holder indoors and outdoors, will join Mu and Wilson in the 800m at the Millrose Games.

These 800m stars are the latest big names to be announced for the Millrose Games, following the recent confirmations of Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser, world shot put champion Joe Kovacs and US 1500m champions Elle Purrier St Pierre and Cole Hocker.