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NYRR Millrose Games: Ajee’ Wilson and Courtney Okolo set new records

American runners Ajee’ Wilson and Courtney Okolo set new indoor records at the New York Road Runner Millrose Games on Saturday night at the Armory. Wilson, 22, ran 1: 58.27 in the 800-meter race to break the 15-year-old American standard set by Nicole Teter in 2002.

“This has been a progression to get where I am,” said Wilson. “Of all the Millrose Games I’ve run in, it’s fun to see how far I’ve come.”

Okolo, who won gold with the 4×400 relay team at the Rio Olympic Games, set a new world record in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:07.34.

As for the marquee Wannamaker mile event, 2016 indoor world champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won her first title, breaking the tape at 4:19.89. She upset the competition by beating her training partner and reigning Wannamaker champion Shannon Rowbury as well as Rio 800-meter Olympian Kate Grace.

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Bahamian gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo blazed by her competition and won the 300-meter in 35.71 to set a new record for her country.

Greek pole vaulter Ekaterini Stefanidi, who won gold at the Games last year, took home the Millrose title by jumping 4.82-meters, the highest jump of the 2017 season. Stefanidi beat out her rival, American silver medalist Sandi Morris who hit her season best of 4.72-meters.

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