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This Day in Track & Field History-February 3, 2024, by Walt Murphy’s News & Results Service

This Day in Track & Field History-February 3, 2024, by Walt Murphy's News & Results Service

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1989–Jackie Joyner-Kersee tied the World Record in the 55-meter hurdles twice at the Millrose Games in New York, running 7.37 in her heat and again in the final.  JJK’s times stood as the American Record for 8 years.

            In one of the greatest indoor miles in history, Mary Slaney suffered a rare Millrose loss, finishing 2nd (4:23.91) between two Romanians, Paula Ivan (4:23.72) and Doina Melinte (4:25.46).

            Morocco’s Said Aouita, running for the first time on an 11-lap banked track, won an exciting 3000-meter, setting a meet record of 7:47.07 as he passed  Doug Padilla (7:47.35) in the final few strides.

            Marcus O’Sullivan (3:54.27) ran away from Sydney Maree (3:58.37) and Ray Flynn (3:59.03) to win his 3rd Wanamaker Mile.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the finest mult-eventer ever, with top 8 scores in the heptathlon, and Nafi Thiam, the #3 All time, from 2022 World Championships in Eugene, photo by Jim Jennings

Sports Illustrated Vault:

1995–Jackie Joyner-Kersee (7.96) won the 60-meter Hurdles at the Millrose Games but was beaten by Germany’s Heike Drechsler, her long-time rival, in the Long Jump (22-10 [6.96] to 22-5 ¼ [6.84]).

Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka, the World Record holder (20-2 [6.15]) in the Pole Vault, could only clear 18-8  ¼ (5.70) on this night. “I was disappointed and embarrassed,” Bubka said. “I wanted to do well in New York.” The event was won by Russia’s Igor Trandenkov (19-1/4 [5.80]).

Ireland’s  Marcus O’Sullivan thought he was on his way to winning his 6th Wanamaker Mile, but he was passed right before the finish line by Canada’s Graham Hood, a senior at Arkansas (3:57.08-3:57.11). 3rd was Ireland’s Niall Bruton (3:58.14), who had done the same thing to O’Sullivan at the 1994 Millrose Games,

“These young guys are killing me,” said the 33-year-old O’Sullivan. “When I held them off…

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