Centrowitz edges Willis in rousing Millrose mile
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...