Carroll’s Winning Streak Ends

Mark Carroll’s long winning streak came to an abrupt end today as he could only finish fourth in the mile at the Prefontaine Grand Prix in Oregon.  He looked comfortable as he followed the leaders through the early stages of the race.  When the pacemaker dropped out with just a lap to go it was the Kenyan William Chirchir who had a good ten metre lead over the Leevale man in second, going through in 2:54.4.  The Kenyan covered the last lap in tremendous style, winning in a time of 3:51.84, but Carroll found the going tough and was passed by Canadian Kevin Sullivan who was second (3:52.54), with Brazilian Hudson de Silva nipping past in the closing stages (3:54.74), and Carroll (3:54.80).  Carroll’s time was just one second outside his best.  A week ago Carroll won the 1,500m at Raleigh by the same distance over de Silva.