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Olympic 1500m champ Centrowitz headlines standout Whanganui Mile field

February 28, 2018

American star eyeing Cooks Gardens record of 3:52.75 by Kiwi and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis

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There might be no Nick Willis, but Whanganui's Sir Peter Snell international track meeting has gone arguably one better with the presence of Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz for the blue riband Mile.

And the American is setting his sights on breaking the renowned Cooks Gardens track Mile record when he lines up for his only New Zealand appearance of the summer at the meet on Wednesday, March 21.

The 2016 Rio Olympic winner will be joined in the prestigious Mile race by five Australian sub-4 minute runners and at least one New Zealander who has cracked the well-known mark.

The 28-year-old Portland-based runner, who has personal record Mile times of 3:50.53 (outdoors) and 3:50.63 (indoors), will be gunning for the Cooks Gardens record of 3:52.75 set by two-time Kiwi Olympic 1500m medalist Nick Willis in 2006.

There have been 63 sub-4 Mile peformances run by 41 different runners on the Cooks Gardens track since Peter Snell set his world record of 3:54.4 in 1962.

Olympic champions Snell, John Walker, Mo Farah (Britain) and Kipchoge Keino (Kenya) have broken the 4 minute mark on the track, and world Mile record holders Jack Lovelock, Snell, Walker and Steve Cram (England) have also raced previously in Whanganui.

Centrowitz, who missed most of last season because of leg injuries, also plans to race in Australia during his visit Down Under, which replaces his usual campaign on the North American indoor circuit.

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