KILLER KILO PLANNED FOR NYRR MILLROSE GAMES
By David Monti, @d9monti
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(04-Dec) — Organizers of the 2014 NYRR Millrose Games came out swinging with their first athlete announcement today, proclaiming that four of the top 800-meter runners in the United States –including World Championships silver medalist Nick Symmonds– would run a 1000-meter race at the meet on Saturday, February 15. Their goal is to break David Krummenacker’s longstanding national record of 2:17.86 set in 2002.
“The 1000-meter indoor American record is one that I have had my eye on for a very long time,” said Symmonds through a statement provided by meet organizers. “I truly believe the Armory is the best track for an attempt and I am confident that the passionate New York City crowd will cheer the field on to a new record.”
Joining Symmonds on the Armory’s brand new, $1.4MM Mondo track, will be USA 800m champion Duane Solomon, USA indoor 600-meter record holder Erik Sowinski (who set that record at the Millrose Games in 2013), and 2011 NCAA 800m champion Robby Andrews.
Although a world record is always possible, the world indoor record for 1000m is significantly faster than the USA mark. In Birmingham, England, in 2000, Wilson Kipketer clocked 2:14.96.