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St. Pierre, Nuguse win Wanamaker Mile titles

February 11, 2024

New mom St. Pierre breaks her U.S. indoor record; Nuguse near misses his record

From Sam Brief, NBC Olympics

The Wanamaker Mile is the Millrose Games’ flagship and final event. It’s named for department store owner Rodman Wanamaker, whose employees founded the Millrose Games in 1908. The Armory calls itself “the fastest track in the world,” and it lived up to the name as records fell.

In the women’s race, Elle St. Pierre entered with two Wanamaker Mile titles on her mantle. She craved more, and on Sunday, St. Pierre edged Australian rival Jessica Hull by three seconds to win her third – in record time of 4:16.41. Overall, in the deepest women's indoor Mile ever, five national records were set (see results below).

St. Pierre, 28, gave birth to her son, Ivan, just 11 months ago. Today, the 2020 Olympian ran one of the best races of her life.

"This is for all the moms out there,” St. Pierre said after the race.

Yared Nuguse had a target on his back this year after announcing in December his intention to break the indoor Mile world record (3:47.01) at this year’s 116th Millrose Games. The 2020 Olympian faced a loaded field stacked with 20-year-old U.S. phenom Hobbs Kessler, George Mills of Great Britain and more.

Nuguse, 24, lived up to the hype, however, winning his second consecutive Wanamaker Mile with a time of 3:47.83, just off his U.S. indoor record of 3:47.38 last year, and edging Kessler (3:48.66) and Mills (3:48.93).

Great Britain’s Adam Fogg ran a time of 3:49.62, meaning that a shocking four men ran under the 3:50 mark, the first time that four men sub-3:50 in the same indoor Mile race; only two men in history (including Nuguse) had previously accomplished the fast feat at the Millrose Games.

See complete Wanamaker Mile videos with post-race interviews HERE.

Tags: yared nuguse (15) , wanamaker mile (70) , jessica hull (10) , hobbs kessler (19) , george mills (3) , elinor purrier (30) , adam fogg (1)

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