Elle Purrier Stuns With 4:16.85 Mile U.S. Record At Millrose

With a sensational 62-second final 400 meters, 24-year-old American Elle Purrier smashed the U.S. indoor mile record in 4:16.85 and became the second-fastest woman ever in the event at the Millrose Games on Saturday in New York City.

The time bettered Mary Slaney’s 4:20.5 U.S. record from 1982 by nearly four seconds. Purrier now trails only Genzebe Dibaba (4:13.31) on the women’s indoor all-time list.

Purrier’s breakout victory came in a race where the top four women set national records and all broke 4:20. Konstanze Klosterhalfen (Germany) was second in 4:17.26, with Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie third in 4:17.88 and Canada’s Gabriela Debues-Stafford fourth in 4:19.73. All told, four of the eight fastest indoor miles of all-time were run on Saturday at the Armory, making it the greatest such event in history.

Defending champion Klosterhalfen appeared to have the race won when she gapped the trio of Debues-Stafford, Reekie and Purrier with 200m to run, but the American launched an attack on the back stretch that ultimately allowed her to overpower Klosterhalfen in the final 50 meters.

With the finish line in sight, Purrier, who was 11th in the 5000m this past fall at the world championships, swung into lane two to pass the struggling Klosterhalfen. Aside from just the time, a victory over the German is a significant win for the American as Klosterhalfen was the bronze medalist in the 5000m in Doha.

Not surprisingly, it was a PR party beyond just the top four women. The first seven finishers set personal bests, with Nikki Hiltz (4:24.45), Heather MacLean (4:25.98) and collegiate Dani Jones (4:27.88) finishing in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

True Crime Doc On Nike Racing Shoes Coming To Netflix

Fans of Netflix’s true crime hit Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness have been captivated by the colorful characters, shady dealings and blood-thirsty nature of the big cat industry. The story of eccentric zookeeper Joe Exotic and his various animal associates has enthralled millions across the globe with its revelations of a murder-for-hire plot, copious polygamy, the rumor of a husband fed to a tiger and one dangling eyebrow piercing. 

A Possible Explanation For Britney Spears' "5.97 100m" Post

Last Thursday, Britney Spears of all people gave quarantined track fans some much needed entertainment: the 38-year-old Toxic singer (Toxic is the best Britney song, this isn’t up for debate) claimed, in a confusing and since-deleted Instagram post, that she ran 100 meters in 5.97 seconds.

IOC Sets New Dates For The 2021 Olympics

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New dates have officially been set for the postponed Olympics. The 2021 Games will be held July 23-August 8, 2021.

How To Watch Track & Field During Quarantine This Week (3/30-4/05)

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Three More Diamond League Meetings Postponed

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Rescheduling Olympic Games Like "A Huge Jigsaw Puzzle" Says Bach

It's like the classic question in physics: What happens when an unstoppable force collides with an immovable object?

Watch Matthew Boling's 10.20 100m

Matthew Boling's magnificent showing at the 2019 Texas Relays was a highlight of his incredible senior year. Here's his wind-aided 10.20 100m victory. 

The Very Abbreviated 2020 Track And Field Awards

Even without the Olympics, track and field in some form may still happen in 2020. But given how difficult containing the coronavirus has proven to be, that is not a guarantee even with several months before certain Diamond League meets are set to be contested. And now that the biggest event on the calendar has been postponed, many athletes may choose to throw in the towel on 2020 in order to preserve themselves for next year. As such, it is entirely possible we’ve seen the last of track and field this season.

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Track And Field On Hold: What Hurts The Most In A Lost Year

I miss track already. 

30 Reasons Why The Treadmill Is The Worst

Although running outside is one of the few luxuries we still have in this era of social distancing, I imagine that many runners are being forced to dust off the treadmill when going outdoors isn't possible.