Willis Breaks Twin Cities Mile Record

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 14, 2013
  • Updated May. 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM UTC
Nick Willis has won eight races this season. Photo:

He betters David Torrence’s mark by two seconds.

New Zealand’s Nick Willis has been on a tear lately. He just won his eighth race of the season and it came with a bang. The Olympic silver medalist in the 1500m clocked a 3:56.2 to win the Medtronic TC Mile last Thursday in Minneapolis.

Willis’ impressive time bettered the race record (set by David Torrence) by 2 seconds.

PHOTOS: Medtronic Twin Cities Mile

“I took the lead with about 450m to go,” Willis said. “I wanted to save something for the end if I needed it.”

The women’s race went to an American, Sarah Brown of Knoxville, Tennessee, who defeated Canada’s Nicole Sifuentes right at the tape.

Brown’s winning time was 4:33.4.

“I thought, if the wind’s at my back, I want to just go for it,” Brown recalled. “My goal was to lead it … [but] I had to maneuver a little bit more than I planned. A road mile is a lot different than a track race. It’s anybody’s game.”

Heather Kampf , the race’s defending champion, took third.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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