ATLANTA, Ga., May 6 – Ajeé Wilson of the United States dominated the women’s 600m at the 2023 adidas Atlanta City Games on Saturday at Centennial Olympic Park. Wilson, a two-time world bronze medalist in the 800m, took control of the race with about 120m left and crossed the line in 1:27.00, displaying impressive speed to beat her competitors.
Wilson, who also ran away with the 600m title at the Penn Relays a week ago, expressed her satisfaction with her performance and revealed that her focus today was to work on her leg speed as she continues to prepare for the challenging parts of outdoor season, which includes the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. – Read more: How to watch the 2023 adidas Atlanta City Games?
In second place was Natoya Goule of Jamaica, who finished with a time of 1:28.18, followed by American Sammy Watson in third place with a time of 1:28.49. Olivia Baker, the early leader, fell behind and finished fifth in 1:29.02.
In the men’s 600m, American Bryce Hoppel won his first-ever road race with a time of 1:17.13. Kameron Jones of the United States was second in 1:17.43, while Jamaican Rajay Hamilton finished third in 1:17.95. Ryan Sanchez of Puerto Rico, the pre-race favorite, finished fourth in 1:18.05.
The event also featured the men’s and women’s 1-mile races, which were won by Americans Sam Prakel and Taryn Rawlings, respectively. Rawlings pulled away from the field in the final stretch to win the women’s race in 4:40.11, while Anna Camp-Bennett finished second in a personal best time of 4:43.11.
Allie Wilson rounded out the top three with a time of 4:43.19 after running alongside Rawlings in the early stages of the race.
The 2023 adidas Atlanta City Games showcased some of the world’s finest runners in the USA and around and they provided a threat for the fans watching at close proximity inside the Centennial Olympic Park
The event served as a valuable tune-up for athletes preparing for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest later this summer, as they sought to outrank their competitors and prove their dominance on the world stage.