Laura Muir and Jake Wightman are the winners of the 2022 NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile
The world’s top middle-distance runners took to the streets of New York City on Sunday morning for the Fifth Avenue Mile, one of the final races of the summer racing season. For the second year in a row, two Scottish runners took the win, with Laura Muirwinning the women’s race in a course record time of 4:14.8 and Jake Wightman winning the men’s race for the second consecutive year.
The Olympic 1,500m silver medallist, Muir, won the women’s race by three seconds over American Nikki Hiltz, becoming the fastest female in the 41-year history of the race. Eleanor Fulton of the U.S. finished third in 4:18.0.
Muir had the fastest seed time heading into the race and led the race from the gun to tape. The previous mile record was set by Jenny Simpsonin 2019 (4:16.2)
Moments later, the world 1,500m champion, Wightman, successfully defended his 2021 title in 3:50.0 ahead of his British compatriot Jake Heyward. Wightman has now won the Fifth Ave. Mile in three of the last four years. American Sam Prakel finished third in 3:51.0, ahead of Canada’s William Paulson, who was fourth in 3:51.3.
Muir and Wightman took wins today despite both competing and earning medals at the Diamond League Finals in Zurich on Thursday night.
posted Sunday September 11th
by Running Magazine