Updated December 19, 2017
I was thinking how extraordinary of a year that Jenny Simpson had. Her finish in the Rio 2016 1,500 meters was perfection. Her move into the bronze medal position, in a race with the absolutley fastest women in the world, was a true highlight of her career.
Last weekend, I watched Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, via Skype, cheer on the FootLocker finalists, as their sponsor, New Balance was sponsoring the event for the first time. This got me rereading Elliot Denman's article and I thought it would be a good read this morning!
Jenny Simpson won the bronze medal in Rio with an amazing come from behind final last 200 meters. Everyone was amazed by her run, but it was something that Jenny Simpson has trained for all season, and actually, quite longer.
In her run on Fifth Avenue, Jenny followed the amazing Laura Muir, who has made that big step to greatness this year. Laura Muir has run some fast times and made some big wins. With less than 300 meters to go, Jenny Simpson made her big move.
Jenny Simpson won her fifth NB Fifth Avenue Mile. How appropriate that the first athlete signed by New Balance in the modern era (2010), continues to excell and won the first American medal at 1,500 meters ever!
And what a wonderful end to 2016, with her New Balance Fifth Avenue victory!
Here's the column by our senior writer, Elliott Denman.