NEW YORK — By her own admission, Elle Purrier had not spent much time running the mile. You wouldn’t have known it by her performance Saturday at the Millrose Games in New York.
Purrier set an American record with a time of 4 minutes, 16.85 seconds in winning the Women’s Wanamaker Mile. Purrier broke Mary Tabb’s record of 4:20:50 set in 1982. And it was the second-fastest indoor mile ever, behind Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba world record of 4:13:31, set in 2016.
“I’m just so surprised,” said Purrier, who finished ahead of the 2019 winner, Konstanze Klosterhalfen, who set a German record of 4:17:26. Jemma Reekie came in third with a time of 4:17:88, a British record.
“I’m really happy and really excited,” Purrier said.