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Millrose Games Men — Kerr’s 2-Mile Called Shot

Millrose Games Men — Kerr’s 2-Mile Called Shot

In case you didn‘t hear, Josh Kerr announced two months ago he would target the 2M World Record at Millrose. Mission accomplished. (KEVIN MORRIS)

NEW YORK CITY, February 11 — It takes something special to upstage the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games. And while the iconic meet’s signature event did deliver an exceptional result, it was the 2-mile that stole the show among the men’s events at the Armory. Josh Kerr delivered on his announced goal of breaking the World Record, closing hard to stop the clock in 8:00.67.

Following the pacers, the always confident Scot — even more self-assured since winning the world title in the 1500 last summer — came through the mile in 4:03.63. A quartermile later, American Grant Fisher began to push the pace, hoping to run the kick out of his speedier rivals. Alas, Kerr blasted to the front with a lap and a half to go to lock up the win — and the record. A final quartermile in 56.97 got him under the 8:03.40 that Mo Farah had run in 2015. His second half was a swift 3:57.04.

“Running two 4-minute miles back-to-back is a lot harder than people think — or I thought, anyway,” said Kerr, who broadcast his plans to target the WR back in November in the hopes of drawing other top athletes into the field.

“I think it’s cool that he called his shot and delivered,” said Fisher, who took 2nd in 8:03.62, breaking the American Record, 8:07.41, set by Galen Rupp in ’14. “I did what I could to get it before him. The bar keeps going up.” His mark is also an Absolute American Record, topping Matt Tegenkamp’s outdoor 8:07.07 from ’07.

Cole Hocker (8:05.70) also got under the old AR, outsprinting New Zealand’s Geordie Beamish (8:05.73 NR) for 3rd.

In the mile, Yared Nuguse had Yomif Kejelcha’s 3:47.01 WR from ’19 on his mind. It wasn’t an unreasonable goal, given that Nuguse had run 3:47.38 to win this race a year ago and then went on to run an outdoor AR of 3:43.97 in September.

But when the pace slowed after the pacemakers dropped out, Nuguse knew the record was quickly falling out of reach. Still, he kept his foot on the gas, covering the 200m between 1400 and 1600 in 26.60 and finishing in 3:47.83, the third-fastest indoor clocking of all time.

Behind him, Hobbs Kessler (3:48.66) and Brits George Mills (3:48.93) and Adam Fogg (3:49.62) all joined the sub-3:50 club. “I could feel them right on me, so I still had that energy so that I could kick really hard,” said Nuguse. “I…

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