O’Hare, Quigley win close Wanamaker Mile races
First-time champions at historic indoor race hold off challengers to claim trophies
By Athletics Weekly
Chris O’Hare won the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games, becoming the first British man since John Whetton in 1965 to claim victory in the race.
Clocking 3:54.14, the 27-year-old led a Scottish one-two on Saturday night as he was followed over the finish line by Josh Kerr, the two-time NCAA champion moving from 53rd to fifth on the UK indoor all-time list with his PR of 3:54.72.
USA’s and Rio Olympian Ben Blankenship was third in 3:54.77 and Britain’s Charlie Grice fourth in an indoor PR of 3:56.47.
Ahead of his season opener in New York, O’Hare had told AW how he was “ready to roll” and also looking forward to seeing his wife Meredith and 16-month-old son Ronan after having spent the past month at a training camp in Flagstaff.
Following his victory, O’Hare was joined on the track by Ronan and the Wanamaker Mile trophy.
“It’s a prestigious race,” he said, “so to get your name on that trophy is pretty special.”
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