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.