2020 Millrose Games women’s 60-meters hurdles champion Keni Harrison will be back at the Armory later this month to defend her title Credit: Team USA

The 114th staging of the venerable Millrose Games will take place Jan. 29 at The New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in Washington Heights after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many of last summer’s Tokyo Olympics competitors will take to the state-of-the-art track in Upper Manhattan as track & field hope to see new marks in what has become customary at the many events held at the Armory during the indoor season.

On Tuesday, meet organizers, led by director Ray Flynn, announced that 100-meter hurdles world record holder Keni Harrison, who won a silver medal in Tokyo, would headline an elite group in the women’s 60m hurdles. The 29-year-old Harrison, a University of Kentucky alum, established the outdoor standard in July of 2016, blazing 12.20 at the London Muller Anniversary Games.

She will enter this year’s Millrose as the defending champion, edging Nia Ali in the event two years ago. “I had such a great time competing at Millrose in 2020,” said the five-time U.S. national champion. Among the women who will try to dethrone Harrison are American Gabbi Cunningham. The former North Carolina State standout had a seventh place showing in Tokyo in the 100-meter hurdles.

Jamaica’s Britany Anderson will also be in the blocks with the accomplishments of being the world junior 100-meter hurdles record holder and eighth place finisher in the 2020 Olympic final on her resume. Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas, a seven-time All-American at Purdue who was sixth in Tokyo, will join them as one of six Olympians facing off in the event.

The sensational Athing Mu, who introduced herself to the world last summer by capturing the women’s 800-meters at the Olympics, is set to electrify track & field enthusiasts once again. Mu won two-gold medals in Tokyo. The 19-year-old Trenton, N.J. native broke the American women’s 800-meters record in a time of 1:55:21.

By doing so Mu became the first American woman to win Olympic gold in the 800 in 53 years. She was also part of the women’s gold medal earning 4×400 meters relay team, along with Queens and erstwhile Cardozo High School luminary Dalilah Muhammad, track & field icon Allyson Felix, and Dunellen, N.J. reared superstar Sydney McLaughlin, the women’s 400-meters hurdles world record holder (51.46) and 2020 Olympic titlist in the race.

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