NEW YORK (AFP) – Double world sprint runner-up Murielle Ahoure won the 60m Saturday at the 108th Millrose Games while Sanya Richards Ross struggled with a 400m defeat at the US indoor meet.
Ahoure, a 27-year-old from Ivory Coast who finished second in the 100 and 200 at the 2013 Moscow worlds and second in the 60 at the 2012 and 2014 indoor worlds, captured the Millrose crown in 7.05 seconds with Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye second in 7.11.
“I’m really excited,” Ahoure said. “I’m really confident. It’s just training for me to see where I’m at.”
Ahoure is working toward the World Athletics Championships at Beijing from August 22-30, as were many of the competitors, including Richards Ross, the reigning Olympic 400m champion. The Jamaican-born American pulled up in the homestretch after seizing the lead in the final curve and watched Phyllis Francis pass her 10 strides from the finish line to win the 400 in 53.14, .60 ahead of Richards Ross.
“I just knew I had to feel the race out,” said Francis, typically an 800m runner. “It worked out well for me.”
Richards Ross said she was not injured, blaming the poor finish on training that is geared for the outdoor season and not her lone planned indoor performance of the year. “I’m great,” Richards Ross said. “I didn’t tweak my training much. It’s my only race indoors so it’s a little tough but I’ll be ready for the outdoor season.”
Marvin Bracy, a collegiate American football receiver who turned to track, won the men’s 60 in 6.53 with St. Kitts and Nevis sprinter Antoine Adams outleaning China’s Su Bingtian — the reigning Asian 100m champion — for second sat the line, both finishing in 6.61.