Centrowitz edges Willis in rousing Millrose mile

Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:16pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Matt Centrowitz held off New Zealander Nick Willis in a shoulder-to-shoulder duel down the stretch to win Saturday's thrilling Wanamaker Mile at the 108th Millrose Games.

Willis, coming off a sizzling victory in Boston last week, came up on the right shoulder of Centrowitz with 100 meters left but failed to get past the American, who won in a year's best three minutes 51.35 seconds, 11 hundredths of a second ahead of the Kiwi.

Pat Casey was third in 3:54.36 ahead of eight-times Wanamaker winner Bernard Lagat, whose 3:54.91 set an over-40 masters record by more than three seconds over the 1994 mark set by Ireland's Eamonn Coghlin.

Ten runners clocked under 3:58 on the fast Armory track as several world-leading times were posted.

Sally Kipyego of Kenya won the 3,000 meters in a 2015 best of 8:41.71, and Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast clocked a year's fastest 7:05 to win the women's 60 meters.

Brycen Spratling ran the fastest indoor time ever in the rarely run 500 meters, timing 1:00.06 to beat the 1987 mark of 1:00.17 by Ken Lowery.

The racing highlight came in the meet-ending men's mile.

Centrowitz, the world championships 1,500 meters silver medalist, was well in front before Willis surged on the last lap.   Continued...

Matt Centrowitz (USA), right, defeats Nick Willis (NZL) to win the Wanamaker Mile, 3:51.35 to 3:51.46, in the 108th Millrose Games at Armory. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports