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New Bal­ance 5th Av­enue Mile, New York, Septem­ber 10

USA’S JENNY SIMP­SON main­tained her dom­i­nance in what is re­garded as the world’s premier one-mile road race that again had a strong Bri­tish pres­ence. Al­to­gether over 7000 took part in the event.

The Amer­i­can pow­ered to her recordex­tend­ing sixth win and as a bonus, she matched the event-record time of 4:16.6 from Pat­tiSue Plumer’s event record from 1990.

It was the fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory and PB for the for­mer world 1500m cham­pion, who this year won the sil­ver over 1500m at the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don.

She said: “I thought the course record would have been out of reach for my whole ca­reer, so I’m re­ally proud to have equalled it. I’ve had all the range of emo­tions be­fore on Fifth Av­enue.

I’ve fin­ished this race be­fore and cried be­cause the sea­son felt so long. I’ve fin­ished this race be­fore and hoped there was an­other race the next week. I feel so ap­pro­pri­ately in the mid­dle of those two emo­tions right now.”

In the ab­sence of any top Africans, the ob­vi­ous class ath­lete of the field in Simp­son pre­dictably had too much fin­ish­ing speed for her op­po­nents and won by a sec­ond.

In sec­ond place, Laura Weight­man ended what has been a mem­o­rable 2017 high­lighted by a sixth place in Lon­don.

“What a fin­ish to what has been an amaz­ing sea­son ... 2nd in @nyrr 5th Ave mile 4:17.62. Bri­tish road mile best,” Weight­man wrote on Twit­ter.

It was the fastest ever Bri­tish time, sur­pass­ing Laura Muir’s sec­ond-place clocking from last year though tech­ni­cally road times are rounded up to the near­est sec­ond and it is now shown as 4:18 on the Run Bri­tain all-time lists.

The course is point to point and has some down­hill sec­tions and the 11 fastest UK women’s mile road times have been set in New York.

Racing ma­chine Jess Judd, who had run her 22nd and 23rd track races of the sea­son a few days ear­lier at Watford with a re­mark­able 800m/3000m dou­ble, was al­ways to the fore. Af­ter a great sea­son which saw her set a PB in the World Cham­pi­onships heats, she had one of her best ma­jor race per­for­mances of the sea­son to take third in 4:19 (4:18.3).

As an added bonus, she won the $1000 first-at-half­way bonus (2:10).

In fifth and just a sec­ond back was Eil­ish McCol­gan, who proved af­ter her Ber­lin sec­ond spot over 1500m that she can match it with the best mil­ers.

The for­mer steeplechaser gained the scalp of the world cham­pion at her pre­vi­ous spe­cial­ity, Emma Coburn, who was ninth in 4:21.

Had the race been a three-to-score team race, Bri­tain would have beaten the hosts by a sin­gle point.

Sarah McDon­ald, who like McCol­gan and Judd also set PBs in Lon­don, set an­other one here with a 4:28 in 15th.

Nick Willis, who as Simp­son did, won Olympic bronze in Rio, also ex­tended his great record in the men’s race on the fa­mous Amer­i­can road.

The New Zealan­der won in 3:51.3, ty­ing the men’s record with his fourth event ti­tle.

Willis had pre­vi­ously won in 2008, 2013 and 2015 as he matched the quar­tet of vic­to­ries achieved by Spain’s Isaac Vi­ciosia.

Great Bri­tain’s Chris O’Hare, who had nar­rowly beaten the Kiwi on the track ear­lier in the week in the Hoka Mile, bat­tled him all the way but even­tu­ally had to set­tle for fin­ish­ing run­ner-up for the sec­ond time in three years, clocking 3:52.0 but did have the con­so­la­tion of match­ing the win­ner’s rounded-up time.

Ben Blanken­ship was the top US fin­isher in third with 3:52.3 which was rounded back to 3:53 and that time was shared by Oslo Di­a­mond League win­ner Jake Wight­man (3:52.9), who faded in the clos­ing stages and ended up in sev­enth.

World Cham­pi­onships bronze medal­list Filip Inge­brigt­sen was a dis­ap­point­ing 15th, just ahead of the lead­ing African, Ed Ch­e­serek.

Men 1M: Pro: 1 N Willis 3:52 (3:51.3) 2 CHRIS O’HARE 3:52 (3:52.0); 3 B Blanken­ship 3:53 (3:52.3); 4 A Mechaal (ESP) 3:53; 5 C Alexan­der 3;53; 6 E Jenk­ins 3:53; 7 JAKE WIGHT­MAN 3:53 (3:52.9); 8 J Gre­gorek 3:53; 9 R Greg­son (AUS) 3:54; 10 R Hill 3:54; 11 P Tier­nan (AUS) 3:54; 12 R An­drews 3:55; 13 C En­gels 3:55; 14 K Mer­ber 3:55; 15 F Inge­brigt­sen (NOR) 3:56; 16 E Ch­e­serek (KEN) 3:57; 17 G Craw­ford 3:58; 18 D Winn 3:58; 21 MICHAEL RIM­MER 4:05 (4:04.4). NYRR: 1 JACK HALLAS 4:07 (4:06.4). Open: 1 ROBERT WARNER 4:16; 6 FIN­TAN STE­WART (U20) 4:20.

Women 1M: Pro: 1 J Simp­son 4:17 (4:16.6); 2 LAURA WEIGHT­MAN 4:18 (4:17.6); 3 JES­SICA JUDD 4:19 (4:18.3); 4 B Martinez 4:19 5 EIL­ISH McCOL­GAN 4:20 (4:19.2); 6 D Scott (RSA) 4:20; 7 H Kampf 4:21; 7 C Quigley 4:21; 8 C Quigley 4:21; 9 E Coburn 4:21; 10 L Hall 4:22; 11 S Vaughn 4;22; 12 G La­caze (AUS) 4:24; 13 S Houli­han 4:27; 14 S Suther­land 4:27; 15 SARAH McDON­ALD 4:28.1; 16 M Mag­nani (ITA) 4:29; 17 E In­field 4:31; 18 L John­son 4:31; 19 H Fields 4:31; 20 C Frerichs 4:32; 21 C McGee 4:37; 23 C Mageean (IRL)

4:40 (4:39.7)

Jenny Simp­son: well placed early on with Laura Weight­man and Jess Judd also close to the front

Nick Willis: won the men’s race from Chris O’Hare

Win­ners in New York: Jenny Simp­son and Nick Willis

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