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American Jenny Simpson came into today’s NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile knowing that a win would guarantee her place in history, for no woman had ever claimed more than two titles. From the time she lined up near the Metropolitan Museum of Art until the moment she broke the tape in Grand Army Plaza, a resolute stare never left the 28-year-old’s face.

Leading wire to wire, Simpson would break the finish tape in 4:19.4, securing her third title and the $5,000 first place prize.

“Every race I get nervous, every race I know that there are people who are raising the bar and raising the level,” said Simpson, clutching an American flag. “I just feel really fortunate. This year went so well, I don’t want to take it for granted.”

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