April 26, 2014
On a windy day at the 2014 Drake Relays, the competitors toeing the start line for the men’s mile assumed the race would be slow and tactical. Someone forgot to send the memo to Aman Wote of Ethiopia. The world indoor silver medallist this year was the only one to go with the rabbits. Wote himself barely stayed with them early but he had plenty left to victory as he cruised to a DOMINANT VICTORY IN 3:53.
How dominant? Well they say a picture is worth a thousand words for a reason.
2008 Olympic silver medallist, Nick Willis, who initially crossed the line fourth at World Indoors this winter (later DQd), was best of the rest in 4:00.
Quick Thought #1: We imagine Wote wanted the large meet record bonus which was being offered for anyone breaking Alan Webb‘s 3:51.71 record. We know there was a bonus,
but just can’t remember how much it was. If you know, post it in the messageboard below. Update: The bonus was $10,000.
vent 410 Men 1 Mile Run Special =============================================================== Stadium: S 3:51.71 4/28/2007 Alan Webb, Nike Relays: D 3:51.71 4/28/2007 Alan Webb, Nike Name Year School Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Aman Wote Unattached 3:53.39 2 Nick Willis New Zealand 4:00.71 3 Pat Casey Oregon TC 4:00.86 4 Jordan McNamara Unattached 4:03.06 5 Dorian Ulrey Unattached 4:03.26 6 Lee Emanuel Great Britain 4:03.38 7 AJ Acosta USA 4:03.44 8 Ciaran O'Lionaird Nike 4:03.64 9 Matt Elliott Brooks 4:04.73 10 Jeremy Rae Canada 4:05.36 11 Andy Bayer USA 4:05.43 12 Tyler Mulder USA 4:07.73 -- Daniel Stockberger Unattached DNF -- Silas Kisorio Kenya DNF -- Russell Brown USA DNS