Gabriela DeBues-Stafford finished fourth on Saturday evening in the Millrose Games Wannamaker Mile in New York City where she ran a new national record of 4:19.73. But that wasn’t her only record of the day, she came through 1,500m in 4:00.80, shattering Nicole Sifuentes’ 4:07.61 to set two records in one race. The top four athletes in the women’s mile set national records: Elle Purrier (U.S. record in 4:16.85), Konstanze Klosterhalfen (German record in 4:17.26), Jemma Reekie (British record in 4:17.88) and DeBues-Stafford’s Canadian record for fourth.
In the last 13 months, DeBues-Stafford has raced 20 times and set national records on 10 of those occasions. That means that 50 per cent of the time she lines up, she has either set or broken her own national record (those are some good odds, considering most runners go their entire careers batting 0 per cent).
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Reekie is DeBues-Stafford’s teammate, and at only 21 years old, she’s having a breakout season. The runner set a British indoor 800m record of 1:57.91 one week ago in Glasgow (the fastest indoor 800m by any female runner since 2006) and followed up that performance with another national record on Saturday.
Three American records fall
It was a good day for the American contingent, as a total of three national records fell in just over an hour. First, Donavan Brazier in the men’s 800m (1:44.22), then Ajee Wilson in the women’s 800m (1:58.29) and Purrier in the mile.
Julie-Anne Staehli was second in the 3,000m in 8:49.01, which is just barely over her personal best set only two weeks ago in Boston. Regan Yee also finished in a personal best of 8:57.84.
Maya Stephens ran a 55.04 for fifth in the women’s 400m and Justyn Knight was victorious in the men’s 3,000m against a strong field, finishing in 7:46.36.
Full results can be found here.