Athletes bring fire to (wet) streets of Boston as repeat winners shine on the track
Three certainties in life: death, taxes and Shaunae Miller-Uibo dominating the track in Boston. After world records in the straight 200m and 150m in 2017 and 2018 respectively, not even the constant drizzle and cool temperatures could stop Miller-Uibo from continuing her winning ways with a third straight victory.
Despite the challenging conditions, the Bahamian 400m Olympic champion won the 150m in a strong 16.37, just 0.16 seconds shy off the world record she set at this very meet last year.
Her training partner and winner of last year’s 150m Noah Lyles did just the same on the men’s side, racing to a meet record 14.69 – bettering his own mark by 0.08.
In 2018, Akani Simbine narrowly had to settle for second in the 100m, but there was no doubting he came to Boston to win this year. The South African led qualification with 10.12 before storming to an impressive 9.92 season’s best and meet record.
Records also fell in the women’s 200m hurdles, as Shamier Little clocked 25.88 – the fastest ever time recorded by an American woman. Spain’s Orlando Ortega made it three straight adidas Boost Boston Games victories in the 110m hurdles, winning in 13.29, while on the women’s side Sharika Nelvis repeated her 100m hurdles victory from 2018 in a season’s best 12.65.
After the race, both were delighted with their efforts as well as the new location on Boylston Street. “I love to run here,” commented Ortega. “I love the support out here, especially from all the people out on the street. It’s beautiful.”
Nelvis added: “You know what, I think the location is great! It’s right outside the hotel, I came here like fifteen minutes before I was supposed to start warming-up… it was great.”
Lone Jamaican in the women’s 200m field, Anastasia Le-Roy, clocked 23.12 to secure an important win ahead of her national world championships trials next week, while Britain’s Zharnel Huges – winner of last year’s 100m – won the 200m crown in 20.00. World indoor champion at 60m Murielle Ahoure just pipped reigning US 100m champion Aleia Hobbs for the line in the women’s 100m, winning by 0.02 in 11.09.
Meanwhile and for the first time in adidas Boost Boston Games history, distance runners joined the sprinters and jumpers on the streets of Boston instead of having a separate track meet the night prior. In true Boston fashion, it was the public that kicked things off on the roads, with the inaugural adidas Boost Back Bay Mile taking place for runners of all ages. Full results for the races can be found here.
The women’s mile, which started off with a minute’s applause to celebrate the life of US runner and four-time cancer survivor Gabe Grunewald, was the first pro race of the day. Nikki Hiltz finished strongly as the pack of milers approached the specially-built ramp on to the track, and pulled away with about 100m to go and to take the victory in 4:31.6.
Wrapped in a Pride flag to celebrate Pride Month, Hiltz proudly proclaimed after the race: “Pride is so important to me because it took me so long to come out of a closet, you know and to find who I was. And now that I`m out, I’m so proud about it and I’m never going back in. Loud and proud!”
In the men’s mile, fresh from an impressive victory at the Dream Mile in Olso, Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski continued his winning form as he out-dipped last year’s winner Drew Hunter and Britain’s Chris O’Hare in 3:57.4 – the latter pair separated by less than 0.1 second.
US 800m record-holder Ajee’ Wilson stepped down from her preferred distance to the 600m to take the victory in 1:26.3, while Puerto Rico’s Wesley Vazquez took the men’s race in 1:15.6
Elsewhere in the annual adidas High School Dream events, it was a clean sweep for the State of Texas. Heidi Nielson and Ryan Schoppe (TX) came out victorious in the adidas Girls’ and Boys’ Dream Mile in 4:46.4 and 4:09.2 respectively, while in the sprints, Tianna Randle (TX) and Ryan Martin (TX) dominated their events, the adidas Dream 100, in 11.72 and 10.58.