Held: February 4, 2005 at Madison Square Garden,
New York City, NY
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Top Performances (points earned)
A raucous crowd of 13,519, which sounded even bigger than its
substantial size, roared as they realized shortly after the start of
the Wanamaker Mile, that two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat
could break at least one record. Lagat followed pacemaker and fellow
Kenyan Elkanah Angwenyi through 400 meters in 55.8 seconds,
immediately separating himself from a field in which Alan Webb was
running in third.
Lagat came through halfway in under 1:55 and three-quarters of a
mile in 2:52.8. With a lap to go, the Garden crowd was defeaning as
they smelled a record. Lagat finished in 3:52.87 to break the
Millrose Games record of 3:53.00, set in 1981 by “Chairman of the
Boards” Eamonn Coughlin as well as Noureddine Morceli's Madison
Square Garden best of 3:52.99 from 1992. It was Lagat's third career
Wanamaker title and earned him the Fred Schmertz Trophy as the
outstanding performer of the meet.
Webb, who ran much of the race in second once Angwenyi, could not
sustain the torrid pace and finished third in 4:00.91, behind Laban
Rotich of Kenya in second at 4:00.33.
Throwers take center stage
The top four shot putters in the world – Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson,
John Godina and Reese Hoffa – literally took center stage at the Garden as
they engaged in an intense four rounds of throwing. The 2004 world indoor silver
medalist, Hoffa emerged as a somewhat surprise winner, popping off an indoor
personal-best throw of 21.62m/70-11.25 in the fourth and final round. John
Godina, who had led the competition since the first round, was second with
21.17m/69-5.5; Visa Championship points leader Adam Nelson was third at
21.00m/68-10.75; and Christian Cantwell was fourth with 20.37m/66-10.0.
Allen Johnson won his fourth career Millrose 60m hurdles title,
overcoming a rough early part of his race to win in 7.53 seconds.
The four-time world outdoor champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist
held off 21-year-old French record holder Ladji Doucoure, who was
second in 7.55.
Linda Ferga-Khodadin of France defeated a fine field in the women's
60-meter hurdles, running 8.01 seconds to edge Visa Champion points
leader Danielle Carruthers and Vonette Dixon of Jamaica, both of
whom finished in 8.02.
The 60-meter sprints featured a pair of first-time winners as
Leonard Scott won the men's race in 6.59 seconds to post his first
professional victory, and Angela Daigle moved up from her runner-up
finish in 2003 to win in 7.22 seconds.
2003 Millrose champion Derek Miles returned to the winner's podium in the men's
pole vault as the only man to clear 5.70m/18-8.25 on the night. Olympic silver
medalist and 2004 Millrose champ Toby Stevenson was second with 5.60m/18-4.5,
and Millrose and American record holder Jeff Hartwig was third at the same
Stacy Dragila was a winner for the seventh time in her career, clearing
4.48m/14-8.25. Tracy O'Hara was second at 4.28m/14-0.5. National high school
record holder Mary Saxer of Lancaster (N.Y.) High School was sixth with a
clearance of 3.98/13-0.75.
Hazel Clark won her third straight Millrose title in the women's
800, running 2:06.00 to edge out Alice Schmidt in second (2:06.40).
It was the 11th title for the Clark family in the history of the
race at the Millrose Games.
Berhanu Alemu emerged victorious in a men's 800 meters that
included a dramatic fall in the final lap. Khadevis Robinson fell
while Alemu accelerated to first in 1:53.44. David Krummenacker was
second in 1:53.51.
Chris Barnicle of Newton (Mass.) North High School was a big
winner in the high school boys' mile in 4:17.01, while national
cross country champion Aislinn Ryan scored her second
national-caliber victory in the girls' high school mile in as many
weeks, winning her first Millrose outing in 4:52.29.
Other winners included 2003 USA Outdoor 400m hurdles champion Bershawn
Jackson in the Mel Sheppard 600-yard run (1:10.90); world indoor silver medalist
Carmen Douma-Hussar of Canada in the Fred Lebow women's mile (4:32.47); and
Olympic relay gold medalist Dee Dee Trotter, who scored an easy win in the women's
Top U.S. Performances -
Next up in the Visa Championship Series:
Feb. 11, Powered by Tyson
Invitational in Fayetteville, AR. On ESPN2 Feb. 12, 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET.