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David Torrence, Sara Hall Win U.S. 1-Mile Road Champs

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 13, 2011
  • Updated May. 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM UTC
David Torrence won the men's 1-Mile U.S. Road Championships last night. Photo: Star Tribune

David Torrence won the men's 1-Mile U.S. Road Championships last night. Photo: Star Tribune

He made the final move with 200 meters to go.

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Twenty-five-year-old David Torrence of Oakland, California won the U.S. 1-Mile Championships yesterday in Minneapolis. His winning time, 3:58.4, was also a new course record by nine-tenths of a second. This feat garnered him a $10,000 bonus.

This is like [my] home course, basically,” he said afterwards. “I really enjoy the fact that the course hasn’t changed, and I know it pretty intimately. The last couple years I have ran it about three, four times each trip.”

Torrence had a strategy in the works going into the race. “I knew the last 200 [meters] is where it mattered because it is uphill and it can take it out of you,” Torrence recalled. “I was biding my time, biding my time. When I made that turn, I put the hammer down and I guess no one could respond.”

Torrence was in third place when he made the turn and quickly passed two runners ahead of him. Ryan Hall, who had just placed fourth in the Boston Marathon last month, finished well back.

However, Hall’s wife, Sara, won the women’s race in 4:30.8.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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