NEW YORK — American Olympian Jenny Simpson became the first five-time winner in New Balance 5th Avenue Mile history Saturday, winning in 4 minutes, 18.3 seconds.
The bronze medalist in Rio in the 1,500 meters, Simpson won for the fourth straight year. She had the third fastest-women’s time in the 36-year history of the event.
“It’s unbelievable,” Simpson. “I care so much about all my races. At the end of the season and a transatlantic flight, I had to care a lot about getting this done. I’m really tired, but I’m so proud.”
Laura Muir was second in 4:18.4, two days after becoming the third British woman to win a Diamond League title. American Heather Kampf finished third in 4:19.7.
Eric Jenkins won the men’s race in 3:49.4. A last-minute addition to the race, he inched past Olympic 1,500 gold medalist and fellow American Matthew Centrowitz.
Centrowitz was a hundredth of a second behind in 3:49.5. American Colby Alexander was third in 3:50.3.