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British athlete Jake Wightman won the 2021 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile Sunday in New York City in the time of 3:49.6. The performance represents a new personal best for the 27-year-old. It was a great result considering his previous best of 3:52.02 was run on the track in London two years ago. Performance-wise it is close to his 1500m best of 3:29.47.
Australian Oliver Hoare finished less than a second back in second place in the time of 3:50.4, while Englishman Jake Heyward took third finishing close behind in the time of 3:50.4. Sam Prakel was the first American in fourth position in 3:50.5. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot was the first Canadian clocking a 3:54.
Fourteen men finished under the four-minute benchmark with American Matthew Centrowitz the last to do so in the time of 3:57 — apparently, he raced to the half-mile prime and therefore couldn’t hang on. Centrowitz earned a gold medal during the 1500m event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. His career has lost a little luster since having not made the final in the 1500m event in Tokyo. This was a shock as was his alleged relationship with two-time American record holder Shelby Houlihan. It was brought to the fore when she tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone. His best in the mile is 3:49.26 from July 2021.
The women’s race
The Scottish dominated the day with Jemma Reekie taking the women’s race in the time of 4:21.6. The Tokyo Olympian timed her finishing kick well. Considering her heavy race schedule, it would be difficult to bet the over/under on her being fatigued or sharp. By appearances, she may have had more in her.
American Nikki Hiltz took second in the time of 4:23.3, which is a new personal best performance, as was fellow American Shannon Osika’s performance as she took third in the time of 4:23.2.
The first Canadian was Kate Van Buskirk who is credited with third place in the online results, as Hiltz came out recently as transgender or as the results indicate, “non-binary”.
Van Buskirk clocked a 4:23.9 performance. She has been pacing Diamond League races since the Tokyo Olympics, which is probably great sharpening work without the fatigue of racing.
Nine women finished sub-4:30.
Results are available here>>
Kenya’s Agnes Tirop took 28 seconds off the long-standing women-only world record for 10km*, while Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi set an outright world 5km record of 14:29* at the adizero Road To Records event in Herzogenaurach on Sunday (12).
Tirop, the world 10,000m bronze medallist, put in a decisive surge with little more than two kilometres to go in the 10km, breaking away from fellow Kenyan Sheila Chepkirui before eventually winning in 30:01.
Teferi, the 2015 world 5000m silver medallist, ran away from her opponents after the first kilometre with an incredible solo effort, winning the 5km in 14:29.
Read the entire World Athletics report here>>
Results from Vienna City Marathon
1. Leonard Langat KEN 2:09:25
2. Betesfa Getahun ETH 2:09:42
3. Edwin Kosgei KEN 2:10:10
4. Kento Kikutani JPN 2:10:37
5. Samwel Kiptoo KEN 2:11:16
6. Tadesse Abraham SUI 2:12:26
7. Yuta Koyama JPN 2:17:20
8. Edwin Kangogo KEN 2:17:37
1. Vibian Chepkirui KEN 2:24:29
2. Meseret Dinke ETH 2:25:31
3. Gelete Burka ETH 2:25:38
4. Fabienne Schlumpf SUI 2:26:31
5. Lucy Cheruiyot KEN 2:27:47
6. Celestine Chepchirchir KEN 2:28:49