Matthew Centrowitz’s New York roots bore fruit in his debut at the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan. Centrowitz, 22, stayed patient and shadowed a master tactician (defending champion Bernard Lagat), and when the lead pack made their final moves, the novice had the last word. Centrowitz sprinted past Lagat and won by a half-second in 3:52.4; Olympic 1500-meter silver medalist Leo Manzano completed an American podium sweep in 3:53.1. “I have to admit I keyed off Bernard,” said Centrowitz. “I love coming to New York—this was great. “My parents, my family, and lots of friends were here.”
2012 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano and Olympic fourth-place finisher Matthew Centrowitz also highlight men's field; women's field features two-time race champion and U.S. Olympian Shannon Rowbury and World Championships 1500m silver medalist Hannah England of Great Britain; $30,000 prize purse - NEW YORK - (September 13, 2012) - International medalists Bernard Lagat and Jenny Simpson hope to cap their summer seasons on a high note when they line up to defend their crowns at the NYRR Fifth Avenue MilePresented by Nissan on Saturday, September 22. They will be just two of more than 15 Olympians who will contest the 32nd edition of America's most famous road Mile, it was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
Stanley Biwott, Sharon Cherop from Kenya win 35th edition; American Idol singer Haley Reinhart impresses 20,000 fans at the finish line concert - PHILADELPHIA - (September 16, 2012) - Stanley Biwott and Sharon Cherop, the two favorites in the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, lived up to their advance billing on Sunday, winning their respective divisions easily. The Kenyans, both wearing bib #1, pulled away in the latter half of the 13.1-mile race and ran uncontested toward the finish line.