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Lagat falls to Mekonnen in Wanamaker Mile at 104th Millrose Games

January 31, 2011

The story of the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden for the past several years has been Bernard Lagat’s dominance in the Wanamaker Mile, the historic annual event he had won six times in a row (2005-2010) and eight total, an all-time record. This past Friday night though, Lagat’s streak was snapped when he placed second behind 23-year old Deresse Mekonnen, the current world indoor champion. The rest of the Millrose Games competitions leading up to the Wanamaker Mile were the usual mix of track and field events, with a few twists to keep things interesting. It was, after all, the 104th one! Photos by Avi Gerver, ©Madison Square Garden, L.P.

Deresse Mekonnen of Ethiopia celebrates after defeating American Bernard Lagat and the rest of the field to win the Wanamaker Mile:

Deresse Mekonnen of Ethiopia celebrates after defeating American Bernard Lagat and the rest of the field to win the Wanamaker Mile

Reese Hoffa of the U.S. competes in the shot put:

Reese Hoffa of the U.S. competes in the shot put

American Curtis Beach clears 6′ 8.75″ in the high jump, tying Ashton Eaton for the best jump of the night:

American Curtis Beach clears 6' 8.75

Bronxville High School wins the girls’ 3200 meter relay:

Bronxville High School wins the girl's 3200 meter relay

The NYPD defeats the FDNY in a special 4×1 lap relay:

The NYPD defeats the FDNY in a special 4x1 lap relay

Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica wins the women’s 60 meter dash:

Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica wins the women's 60 meter dash

Ashton Eaton of the U.S. (right), wins the men’s 60 meter hurdles. He also won the Millrose Multi Challenge, which combined the scores of several competing decathletes in the hurdles, shot put and high jump.

Ashton Eaton of the U.S. (right), wins the 60 meter hurdles. He also won the Millrose Multi Challenge, which combined the scores of several competing decathletes in hurdles, shot put and high jump

Fabiana Murer of Brazil, winner of the women’s pole vault:

Fabiana Murer of Brazil, winner of the women's pole vault

UConn maintained a lead early in the men’s college 3200 meter relay, but lost to Virginia by only .11 of a second, a very close margin for a race of that distance (nearly 2 miles):

UConn maintained a lead early in the men's college 3200 meter relay, but lost to Virginia by only .11 of a second, a very close margin for a race of that distance (nearly 2 miles)

Runners on the St. John The Baptist High School team celebrate after winning the boys’ 3200 meter relay:

Runners on the St. John The Baptist High School team celebrate after winning the boy's 3200 meter relay

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