Ajee' Wilson Runs The Sixth-Fastest 600 Of All Time

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By David Monti, @d9monti
(c) 2017 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

NEW YORK -- Ajee' Wilson continued to show strong early-season form, clocking the second-fastest indoor 600m ever by an American woman at the 22nd annual New Balance Games at the Armory Track & Field Center in Upper Manhattan on Saturday.

Wilson, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships 800m silver medalist, rolled through the first 200m alone in 27.26, and ran unchallenged over the final two laps. She broke the tape in 1:25.23, a mark which put her No. 6 on the all-time world list.

"I just wanted to use it as a time trial," a composed Wilson told reporters just a few minutes after the race. "Training has been going really well.  We just wanted to see where I was."

Wilson's 2016 campaign also had a very strong start, winning the USA indoor title before winning her silver medal at the world meet.  She went on to finish second at the USA Olympic Trials, making the Olympic team as expected, but did not advance to the final.  She later learned that she had an iron deficiency.

"I'm not really sure how that go out," Wilson told a reporter, looking surprised. She continued: "It is what it is."

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USA Olympian Paul McMullen Has Died

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Paul McMullen, the 1996 USA Olympic Team Trials 1500m champion who would run a lifetime best of 3:33.89 for that distance five years later, has died according to several people prominent in the track and field community in Michigan where McMullen, grew up, lived and attended college at Eastern Michigan University.  The cause of death was said to be a skiing accident which occurred in Northern Michigan, but no other details were yet available.  McMullen was 49.

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