Carroll Third at Millrose

Mark Carroll succumbed to the superior speed of the 1,500 metre specialists when conceding his Wanamaker Mile title at the Millrose Games tonight.  Kenyan Bernard Lagat had the most zip at the finish, winning in three minutes 58.26 seconds and just a stride ahead of Laban Rotich (3:58.40). Carroll closed fast, but not fast enough, and clocked 3:59.09 for third place.  Carroll admits that he is somewhat behind the form displayed at this time last year when he came into the race with a 3:54.98 mile in his legs from a couple of weeks before. He was also nursing a slight hamstring strain but the priority remains the World Indoor 3,000 metres in Lisbon in the middle of next month.  James Nolan also made some progress towards his World Indoor ambitions by taking fifth in 4:01.08.  Danial Caulfield looked certain to provide at least some Irish joy when he closed on veteran American Johnny Gray in the closing stages of the 800 metres. But the 40-year-old held on to win in 1:50.40 to Caulfield’s 1:50.41. ( Results)