NEW YORK – On a frigid night in New York City, the world’s finest track and field athletes brought the heat to one of the worlds most famous indoor arenas, Madison Square Garden. Bernard Lagat‘s dominating record-eighth win in the Wanamaker Mile and three world leaders kept fans on the edge of their seats Friday night at the 103rd Millrose Games.
Two-time Olympic medalist and 2007 double world champion Bernard Lagat now stands alone in the Millrose Games record book. He is the only athlete ever to win eight Wanamaker Mile trophyies. Content to sit on the shoulder of 2008 Olympic gold medalist Asbel Kiprop (KEN), it was not until the bell rang that Lagat shot past Kiprop and continued to extend his lead over the final lap before crossing the line in 3:56.34 with Kirpop coming in second (3:58.03). With his historic eight win, Lagat collected all of the night’s hardware, including Team USA Athlete of the Meet, presented by Visa, which comes with a $2500 bonus. Lagat has decided to donate this, and all bonus monies he might earn this indoor season, to the Haiti Relief Fund.
The man mountain himself, reigning World Indoor and Outdoor champion Christian Cantwell dominated the Visa men’s shot put, winning by over a meter in a field that featured four athletes with 15 World and Olympic medals. With four throws over 21.36m/70-1, Cantwell had a best effort of 21.95m/72-0.25. 2007 World Outdoor champion Reese Hoffa took second with 20.59m/67-6.75 and two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson, the most-medaled man in World Outdoor shot history, was third with 20.51m/67-3.5. With his victory, Cantwell catapulted into the Visa Championship Series points lead.
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