NEW YORK – World champion Grant Holloway, Olympic champion Omar McLeod, defending NYRR Millrose Games champion Devon Allen and outdoor national champion Daniel Roberts will be a part of a spectacular men’s 60m hurdles showdown during the 113th NYRR Millrose Games on February 8 at The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center.
“I’m really looking forward to running my first professional indoor competition at the NYRR Millrose Games on February 8,” Holloway said. “It’s an event that has such a long history of world class track and field athletes. It’s a pleasure to be invited to compete.”
Holloway is the man of the moment in the sprint hurdles, following a dream 2019 season that ended with him standing atop the world podium in Doha. The University of Florida product became the first collegiate athlete to dip under 13 seconds in the 110m hurdles, running 12.98 at the NCAA Championships to cap off an utterly dominant collegiate career. Holloway then turned professional, finishing second at the USA Championships before stunning everyone at World Athletic Championships, running 13.10 to claim the gold medal.
One of the men who he shocked was McLeod, the Jamaican athlete who previously dominated the hurdles. McLeod won Olympic gold in Rio by a huge margin and backed that up a year later by running faster in London en route to winning the 2017 World Championships. With a 110m-hurdle personal best of 12.90, McLeod is the fifth-fastest man in history and is the only man to break both 13 seconds in the hurdles and 10 seconds in the 100m dash. Only 25, McLeod will be looking to reclaim his title from Holloway in 2020 as Millrose could set the stage for the sport’s next great rivalry.
Allen will return to The Armory to defend his Millrose crown. The former University of Oregon standout is a four-time national champion, as well as a two-time NCAA champion. Allen placed fifth at the Rio Olympics and is focused to improve in 2020.
Roberts, the defending outdoor national champion, is also in this amazing field. Holloway’s chief NCAA rival. Roberts, who competed at the University of Kentucky, pushed Holloway to the line at the NCAA Championships when he finished second in 13.00 in a memorable race. Roberts earned his revenge at the USA Championships a few weeks later, edging Holloway to claim the title. The Southeastern Conference duo will renew their rivalry at Millrose.
Rounding out the field is Freddie Crittenden. The former Syracuse star was second at Millrose last year following photo finish after running 7.61, which was identical to Allen’s winning time. Crittenden captured a silver medal at the Pan American Games.
The NYRR Millrose Games is the most storied event in indoor track and field. Stay tuned for more announcements, as the remaining athletes and fields for this year’s event will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
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