Ajee’ Wilson continued to show strong early-season form, clocking the second-fastest indoor 600m ever by an American woman at the 22nd annual New Balance Games at the Armory Track & Field Center in Upper Manhattan.
Wilson, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships 800m silver medalist, rolled through the first 200m alone in 27.26, and ran unchallenged over the final two laps. She broke the tape in 1:25.23, a mark which put her #6 on the all-time world list.
“I just wanted to use it as a time trial,” a composed Wilson told reporters just a few minutes after the race. “Training has been going really well. We just wanted to see where I was.”
Wilson’s 2016 campaign also had a very strong start, winning the USA indoor title before winning her silver medal at the world meet. She went on to finish second at the USA Olympic Trials, making the Olympic team as expected, but did not advance to the final. She later learned that she had an iron deficiency.
“I’m not really sure how that go out,” Wilson told a reporter, looking surprised. She continued: “It is what it is.”