U.S. Olympians wear their game faces at the start of the 2012 Fifth Ave Mile in NYC on Sept 22. (L-R: Anna Pierce, Shannon Rowbury, eventual winner Brenda Martinez, defending champ Jenny Simpson)
NEW YORK -- Olympian Matthew Centrowitz edged defending champion Bernard Lagat to win the Fifth Avenue Mile on Saturday.
Centrowitz finished in 3 minutes, 52.4 seconds, followed by two-time Olympic medalist Lagat in 3:52.9 and Leo Manzan (3:53.1) in the race that ended at 60th Street near Central Park.
Brenda Martinez won the women's event in 4:24.2, followed by Anna Pierce in 4:24.9 and Hannah England in 4:26.0. Defending champion Jenny Simpson finished 10th.
Manzano won the silver medal in the 1,500 meters at the London Olympics, and Centrowitz was fourth. The 37-year-old Lagat finished just out of the medals in the 5,000, placing fourth.