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Ajee’ Wilson and Athing Mu to battle in exciting 2023 Millrose Games 600m matchup

Ajee’ Wilson and Athing Mu will battle in what is expected to be a very exciting 2023 Millrose Games women's 600m matchup on February 11.

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Ajee’ Wilson of USA in the women's 600m at New Balance Games

After months of anticipation, the 115th Millrose Games is now just over a week away. The best athletes from all over the world will be in attendance at the Nike Track & Field Center at The Armory for a thrilling day of action-packed track & field, scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 11th.

The Women’s 600m was recently announced, with World and Olympic Champion Athing Mu serving as the headliner for both the race and the entire meet. Mu will be challenged by a late addition, the one and only Ajee’ Wilson, one of the most decorated athletes in Millrose Games history.

A seven-time Millrose winner, Wilson has not lost a race at The Armory since 2013, a streak which remains alive after Wilson’s victory in the 1000m at the Dr. Sander Invitational last Saturday. – Read more: Athing Mu headlines 2023 Millrose Games 600m field

Mu could be looking to attack the 600m world record that was just broken by Keely Hodgkinson over the weekend, but Wilson is sure to give her everything that she can handle in this race.

“It was exciting to start the year with such a competitive race last Saturday at The Armory at an off-distance for me,” said Wilson. “I’ll race Boston, and then I am really looking forward to another good one at Millrose!

READ MORE: Keely Hodgkinson’s Record-Breaking Performance: A Sign of Things to Come?

Among the many events to look forward to, a pair of women’s races on the infield straightaway could be among the most explosive of the day.

The Women’s 60m will feature a showdown between Melissa Jefferson and Aleia Hobbs, the top two finishers in the 100m at last year’s USATF Outdoor Championships. Both women ran on the Team USA 4x100m relay that won Gold at the World Championships in Eugene.

They will both be challenged by English Gardner, who is the tenth-fastest woman in the history of the 100m, and a former Olympic Gold Medalist on the relay as well.

Also in the race is high school sensation Shawnti Jackson (Creedmoor, NC), who is returning to the pro field looking to improve on the HS record of 7.18 seconds that she set at Millrose last year in a third-place effort.

The Women’s 60m Hurdles is led by former 100m hurdles world record holder Keni Harrison. Harrison won this event at Millrose in 2020, and she now looks to return to the top. She will face a deep field that includes 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist and 2019 World Champion Nia Ali, heptathlon ace Anna Hall, and three additional Olympians in Anna Cockrell, Devynne Charlton, and Cindy Sember.

As a reminder, the sprint action on the men’s side is not to be missed either. The Men’s 60m will see a clash between three of the very best in the world in Christian Coleman, Noah Lyles, and Ronnie Baker.

Moving up slightly in distance, the Men’s 400m will feature a number of top sprint stars over two laps. Jereem Richards is the reigning World Indoor Champion in the 400m for Trinidad & Tobago, and the 2017 World Championships Bronze Medalist in the 200m as well.

Michael Cherry is another athlete to watch, as he looks to return to the form that saw him lead Team USA to Olympic Gold in the 4x400m relay, as is Brandon Miller, a rising star in the 800m who will drop down in distance for this race.

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