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Defending NYRR Wanamaker Mile champion Nuguse to face stellar men’s field

February 07, 2024

“Not only am I stronger and smarter than I was last year, but I will be able to attack this race with a lot more confidence to chase the world record.”; live TV broadcast on NBC and Peacock

From Millrose Games

The 116th Millrose Games on Sunday, February 11, like past editions, promises to be a thrilling competition, showcasing the world’s best track & field athletes. The 2024 event at the Nike Track & Field Center at The Armory will be broadcast live on February 11 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET on NBC and Peacock.

As always, the meet will conclude with the NYRR Men’s Wanamaker Mile, a legendary race with over a century of tradition.

Previously announced as the headliner for this race is defending champion Yared Nuguese, the U.S. record holder in the Mile indoors and outdoors. Nuguse has his eyes on the indoor world record of 3:47.01, but he will have to contend with a number of the best athletes in the world if he is to win his second straight Wanamaker title, including two additional 1500m finalists from last summer’s World Championships.

“[The world record] feels like a goal that’s within my grasp of achieving.” said Nuguse. “Not only am I stronger and smarter than I was last year, but I feel like I will be able to attack this race with a lot more confidence to chase the world record. When I went to Millrose for the first time, I was just chasing the American record. So changing that mindset, just seeing how far I’ve come, it feels like a very real possibility at this point.”

The pro athletes lining up to challenge Nuguse are as follows:

Mario Garcia Romo was last year’s runner-up, and he is the 2022 1500m champion for Spain and a two-time World Championship finalist.

Neil Gourley is a three-time British 1500m champion, and he holds the European indoor Mile record.

George Mills placed third in the Mile at the Diamond League final, moving up to third on the all-time British list, before also placing second at the NYRR 5th Avenue Mile.

Hobbs Kessler is the reigning World Road Mile champion, and he also holds the U.S. high school indoor Mile record.

Andrew Coscoran is an Olympian and the Irish record holder over 1500m.

Adam Spencer of the University of Wisconsin and Australia holds the NCAA 1500m record.

Sam Prakel is the USA Road Mile champion, and he placed fourth nationally in the 1500m.

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot is a Canadian Olympian and the 2023 NACAC 1500m champion.

Adam Fogg of Great Britain won the Mile at the Dr. Sander Invitational on January 27 to earn his spot on the Wanamaker Mile start line.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks before the 116th Millrose Games, as the world class start lists are finalized. Top athletes already confirmed to compete include Laura Muir, Elle St. Pierre, Alicia Monson, Grant Fisher, Danielle Williams, Josh Kerr, Yaroslava Mahuchikh, Christian Coleman, Keni Harrison, Andre De Grasse, Nia Ali, Chris Nilsen and KC Lightfoot, with even more Olympians and World Championship medalists still to come.

As always, the Millrose Games will feature the absolute best athletes in the sport, including dozens of Olympians and world champions. The Millrose Games is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meet. With highest-level competition at the youth, high school, collegiate, club and professional levels, there is truly something for everyone at the Millrose Games.

Tickets can be purchased at: millrosegames.org

Tags: yared nuguse (11) , wanamaker mile (71) , sam prakel (35) , millrose games (67) , mario garcia romo (4) , hobbs kessler (15) , charles philibert-thiboutot (5)

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