ATHLETICS NEWS - A blistering 800 metres for Donavan Brazier punctuated a handful of season's bests, as six-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix finished sixth in the 60-metres at the NYRR Millrose Games in New York City on Saturday.
The 1:44.22 win for the 22-year-old Brazier set a roaring start to the World Champion's bid to make the US Olympic roster, as Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser beat World Champion Joe Kovacs to a season's best in the shot put and Great Britain's Chris O'Hare won the men's mile in another season's best.
Before a roaring crowd at the Armory, Brazier lurked toward the back of the pack for the first 400 metres, then burst by his competitors for a dramatic finish.
"My coach kept telling me, ‘don’t go on the rabbit – put yourself in like fourth or fifth position, and just see where you can work from there,’” said Brazier. “I just tried to execute that as perfectly as possible.”