The 114th Millrose Games was held this past Saturday at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory, located in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan, after the venerable event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the world’s elite athletes braved a nor’easter that pummeled many parts of the tri-state area with over one-foot of snow to produce sterling performances.
Sprinter Christian Coleman made his return to competitive racing after an 18-month ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit for whereabouts failure, a suspension levied after the 25-year-old sprinter missed three mandatory drug tests. Coleman has never tested positive for illegal substances.
The reigning 100-meter world champion, who was unable to take part in last summer’s 2020 Olympics while serving his suspension, defeated a stellar group of challengers in clocking 6.49 seconds, edging Trayvon Bromell (6.50), a Tokyo Olympics 100-meter semifinalist, who was second. Americans captured the top four spots as Ronnie Baker, the fifth place finisher in the Tokyo 100-meters, was third in 6.54, and Noah Lyles, the current world champion in the 200-meters and a bronze medalist in the 200-meters in Japan, took fourth in 6.62.
Other featured races included the men’s and women’s WHOOP Wanamaker Mile, won by Australian Ollie Hoare in 3:50:83 and American Elle Purrier St. Pierre in a time of 4:19.30 respectively. Rising star Shawnti Jackson of Raleigh, North Carolina, just a high school junior, and the daughter of 2005 400-meter world champion Bershawn “Batman Jackson,” also her coach, set a new girl’s indoor high school record in the women’s 60-meters.
The 16-year-old clocked 7.18 to place third, behind winner Aleia Hobbs (7.11) and Mikiah Brisco (7.15) for an American sweep.