Olympic champions showcase star fields at the 114th Millrose Games
INDIANAPOLIS — Three Team USATF gold medalists from last summer’s Olympics in Tokyo highlight the 114th Millrose Games on Saturday at New York’s Armory track, led by the two-time world record holder Ryan Crouser.
Crouser broke the indoor and outdoor world records in the men’s shot put in 2021 en route to an unbeaten season that saw him win gold in Tokyo with an Olympic record throw. Achieving the greatest season in men’s shot put history, Crouser also won the US Olympic Trials and the Diamond League Final, shooting 23.37m / 76-8.25 at the Eugene Trials to add the outdoor world record to the indoor world record of 22.82. m/74-10.5 which he posed in Fayetteville, Arkansas on January 24.
The women’s pole vault final in Tokyo ended in a duel between Katie Nageotte and the Russian Anzhelika Sidorova. Nageotte topped 4.90m/16-0.75 on her second attempt to clinch gold and seal the world No. 1 ranking. She will face defending Millrose champion Sandi Morris, the 2016 Rio silver medalist and 2018 world indoor champion who cleared 4.91m/16-1.25 last year to win.
Going up a distance, Olympic champion in the 800m AthingMu will run the women’s mile, where she will face a packed field that includes the American indoor mile record holder Elle Purrier Saint-Pierre, who ran 4:16.85 in 2020 to win at Millrose and win the AR. Purrier won the 1,500m at the Olympic trials and then finished 10th in the Tokyo final over that distance. Olympians cory mcgee and Heather McLean are also entered, as is Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen, who finished just behind Purrier St. Pierre in 2020 and set a national record of 4:17.26.
One of the hottest events of the competition will be the men’s 60m, where the world record holder Christian Colmanthe 2019 outdoor 100m world champion, takes on defending champion Millrose Ronnie Bakerthe third fastest man in history at 60m and 2016 World Indoor Champion Trayvon Bromelthe fastest man in the world in the 100m last year. Marvin Bracy, silver medalist at the 2014 World Indoor Championships and Olympic bronze medalist in the 200m Noah Lyles adding high quality depth to the event as it goes after a competition record of 6.44 that has stood since 2000.
In the women’s event, Olympic bronze medalist in the 200m Gaby Thomas won silver in the US 4x100m relay in Tokyo and will need his best top speed with Aleia Hobbs, Mikah Brisco and Gardner English also entered. Hobbs clocked 7.10 in early season competition, while Brisco is the defending United States indoor champion at 60m with a lifetime best of 7.04. Jamaican Briana Williams won gold in her country’s 4x100m relay in Tokyo.
Another strong field is on offer in the men’s 3,000m, where the 1-2 finishers of last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare look to build on 2021 seasons that saw Hocker advance to the Olympic 1,500m final after winning the US Trials, while Teare set an indoor collegiate record in the mile with his 3:50.39 in February. lured the hunter2019 Toyota USATF Indoor Two-Mile Champion and 2021 USATF Half Marathon Winner Conner Mantz are a contrast in style but both have the wheels to challenge for victory. Kenya’s Wesley Kiptoo won 2021 NCAA indoor gold for Iowa State in the 5,000m, while Guatemala’s Luis Grijalva was a Tokyo runner-up in that distance.
Still a fan favourite, the men’s mile has Tokyo 1500m bronze medalist Josh Kerr of Britain and Millrose 2020 runner-up Olli Hoare of Australia, but they’ll have to watch out for Johnny Gregorekthe man with the fastest lifetime record in the field at 3:49.98, and the young Hobbs Kesler, who set an U20 U.S. record in the 1,500m last season with a 3:34.36 and broke the high school indoor mile record with a 3:57.66. Craig Engels won the 2019 Toyota USATF Indoor title in the mile and added the 1500m outdoor gold medal later that year, while the 800m bronze medalist at Rio 2016 Clayton Murphy has the speed to win in a kicker race.
American Indoor Record Holder Ajee Wilson leads the women’s 800m entries with a best time of 1:58.29 and will have a familiar face as her main challenger. Wilson and Jamaica’s Natoya Goule have met 25 times in the 800m since the 2014 Millrose Games, with Wilson taking the bulk of the victories. These two are the only women to break the 2:00 indoor barrier in this area, but high schoolers Roisin Willis and Sophia Gorriaran would like to approach this mark and have already established some of the best preparation scores in the country at other distances already this year. .
Reigning World Indoor Champion Keni Harrison brings Olympic silver in the women’s 100m hurdles and boasts a lifetime best of 7.70 which was set by winning world gold in 2018. Three other Tokyo 100H finalists will line up against Harrison, led by Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas, who was sixth at the Games. Gabbi Cunningham placed seventh in Tokyo, with Jamaica’s Britany Anderson eighth. Olympian in the 400m hurdles Anna Cockrel and Tonea Marshallthe fastest American in 100H last year, rounds out a very talented field that could threaten the meet record of 7.76, set in 2004 by Gail Devers. Devon Allen, the 2021 Diamond League champion in the men’s 110H, is joined by third in the Trials 110H Daniel Robert and sixth place Michael Dickson in the men’s 60H.
Descending to half his normal distance, reigning 800m world champion and American indoor and outdoor record holder Donavan Brazier will go to 400m on his return from injury, in pursuit Vernon Norwood, double medalist in the 4x400m relay in Tokyo. Norwood won gold competing in the men’s 4x400m heats and added bronze in the first mixed 4x400m. Gold medalist at the 2019 Olympics and World Championships in the 4x400m relay Wadeline Jonathan and Tokyo 800m bronze medalist Raevyn Rogers lead a women’s 400m group with Jamaica’s Olympic 4x400m bronze medalist Roneisha McGregor and three-time World Championship 4x400m relay gold medalist Jessica Beard also serious suitors.
After a season that included an American indoor record in the 1,000m, reigning American champion in the 800m indoor Bryce Hoppell leads three of the top four finishers in the men’s 800m from last summer’s Olympic trials as they take on record holder Michael Saruni of Kenya, who clocked 1:43.98 in 2019. The fulltime champion NCAA air and last year’s tryout runner-up Isaiah Jewett and Isaiah Harris, fourth in the Trials, ran under 1:45 outside, and KameronJones leads the 2022 world list in the 600m.
Two weeks after winning the USATF Cross Country Championships, Olympian in the 10,000m Alicia Monson is favored in the women’s 3,000m, but the unknown is Ethiopian show jumper Mekides Abebe. Abebe finished fourth on the barriers in Tokyo and has a lifetime best of 9:02.52 in that event. This translates into a strong challenger for Monson and the rest of the entrants, including Britain’s Amy-Eloise Markovc, the 2021 European Indoor Champion, and Weini Kelatithe runner-up behind Monson at the recent national cross country championships.
Olympic long jumpers Tara Davis, sixth in Tokyo, and Quanesha Burks open their season in their specialty against the American triple jump record holder Ketura Orji and Sha’Keela Saundersand Britain’s Jazmin Sawyers adds solid credentials after her eighth-place finish in Tokyo.
USATF Indoor 3000m Race Walk titles up for grabs
Nick Christie and Miranda Melvillethe two most recent USATF National Race Walk Champions who won the 35K titles in Santee, Calif., two weeks ago, highlight entries in the USATF Men’s and Women’s 3000m Race Walk Championships. USATF, organized as part of the Millrose Games.
Christie has won four USATF indoor walk gold medals and is the defending champion after clocking 11:55.44 in Albuquerque in 2020. He won the 35k title with a time of 2:48:48 on Jan. 16 and was an Olympian in the 20km walk last year. In 2020, he won the Millrose Mile Walk. Melville won the 2019 USATF Indoor gold medal in the 3,000m walk and was a dominating 35k winner at Santee with a 3:00:18, the best ever by an American.
Other top contenders in the women’s event include Maria Michta-Coffey, who won nine straight US indoor walking titles from 2010-2018 and finished third in the 35K event at Santee, as well as Katie Burnett, who finished fourth at the 2017 World Championships in the 50km walk. Anali Cisneros is one of the top young talents and won the 2020 NAIA Indoor title.
John Risch and Emmanuel Corvera went 2-3 behind Christie at the USATF Indoors in 2020, and Dan Nehnevaj was the finalist in the 20K trials last year.
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