Simpson, Lagat win Fifth Avenue Mile

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Associated Press

Posted on September 24, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 24 at 5:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — World champion Jenny Barringer Simpson won the Fifth Avenue Mile on Saturday, edging Sally Kipyego and Hannah England less than a month after she became the first American woman to win the 1,500-meter title since Mary Decker in 1983.

American Bernard Lagat, coming off a silver medal in the 5,000 at worlds, earned his first victory in the men's race in his fourth try, finishing in 3 minutes, 50.5 seconds to beat defending champion Amine Laalou of Morocco by 1.2 seconds. David Torrence of San Francisco was third in 3:52.4.

Simpson crossed in 4:22.3, while Kipyego and England both clocked 4:22.6. Britain's England was runner-up to Simpson at the worlds last month in Daegu, South Korea, where Kipyego, of Kenya, took second in the 10,000.

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