– Just one day after 2022 World Athletics Indoor Tour action kicked off in Karlsruhe the second stage of the circuit was held in New York. Three Spanish middle distance runners raced at the 114th edition of the Millrose Games — a meet that produced six world leads, two area records and five national records.
Salamanca native U.S.A. based Mario García Romo and Murcia native Mariano García closed out the Millrose Games in the renowned Wanamaker Mile which Ollie Hoare won by setting an Oceanian record and world lead of 3:50.83.
Both Mario García Romo and Mariano García broke the 4-minute barrier in the mile. Ole Miss student-athlete García Romo crossed the line in 6th place in a personal best of 3:57.98, ranking himself 4th in Spain’s all-time list and 2022 leader. The 22-year-old had already clocked 3:56.46 in 2021 but did it in an oversized track.
Mariano García finished 7th with a personal best of 3:59.61, the 7th fastest time ever recorded by a Spanish athlete.
García Romo also set a 1500m Spain’s season best of 3:42.05 en-route to the mile. His fellow-countryman García clocked 3:44.38 in the 1500m.
Saúl Ordóñez, meanwhile, opened the indoor season running his main event, the 800m, in which he earned the bronze medal at 2018 World Indoor Championship.
The 27-year-old Olympian was 4th in 1:47.56 after beating three Olympic semifinalists like Jesús Tonatiu López of Mexico, Charlie Hunter of Australia, and Isaiah Jewett of the U.S.A. American 1000m record holder Bryce Hoppel took the win with a world-leading time of 1:46.05.
American Elle Purrier St. Pierre and Alicia Monson both set world-leading times by winning the mile (4:19.30) and the 3000m (8:31.62), as their fellow-compatriot Sandi Morris leaped a global-leading height of 4.75m in the pole vault. Also, Josh Kerr of Great Britain recorded a 1500m world lead of 3:35.48 en-route to his 2nd place in the mile.
The women’s Wanamaker Mile saw Australian Jessica Hull break the Oceanian record in 4:24.06 to place 4th. In the men’s 3000m winner Geordie Beamish set a New Zealand record of 7:39.50, while Luis Grijalva broke the Guatemalan record with 7:41.21 in 4th. In the women’s race, Mexico’s Laura Galván set a national record of 8:42.29.