Athletics: Tokyo track and field Olympians set to shine at Millrose Games return – Archyde

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A dramatic showdown for the men’s 60 meters is on Saturday’s Millrose Games at the Armory in New York as Olympians from Tokyo lead a star-studded line-up.

The first major indoor track event of the year returns after a hiatus in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic with 64 Olympians from Tokyo including gold medalists Ryan Crouser, Katie Nageotte and Athing Mu.

World 100m champion Christian Coleman, who has been serving an 18-month suspension for an anti-doping whereabouts violation, meets Olympic bronze medalist Noah Lyles and 2021 world fastest Trayvon Bromell in the 60m , an event where Coleman holds the world record.

The 25-year-old finished second in the 300m earlier this month at the Jim Green Invitational, his first event since returning to the sport.

“I feel like I’ve been grappling with (the ban) for over two years and at this point I’ve had a lot of time to reflect, detach from the situation and just focus on what I can do control my situation going forward,” said Coleman.

Crouser, who broke Randy Barnes’ shot put record of more than 30 years with a 23.37-meter throw at the US Trials last year, said he has instituted an ambitious new training program to take his performance even further to increase.

“I don’t want to say I’m jumping blind, but it’s a leap of faith to try this new program and because of that I feel like I’m a little behind where I’ve been in the past,” the American told reporters on Friday .

“So if I can even throw in the range of what I had before – if I can surpass that – that’s a fantastic indicator of where I’ll be going forward.”

Teenage New Jersey native Mu returns to New York City with a much bigger profile after also winning gold as part of the 4×400 relay.

“It’s still surreal to me just because it all happened so quickly,” said Mu, 19, who will compete in the Wanamaker Women’s Mile. “I hope to do it again sometime in my career.”

Mu’s relay teammate Allyson Felix, the most decorated American in Olympic athletics history who competed in her fifth Tokyo Games, will receive the Armory Presidents’ Award in recognition of her career achievements.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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