Steve Scott, America's premier miler for the past six years, took charge with about 300 meters remaining and won the Fifth Avenue Mile in 3 minutes 49.77 seconds today, with Ross Donoghue a surprising second.
Scott's victory in the Men's Elite Mile followed a record-setting triumph by Britain's Wendy Sly in the Women's Elite Mile. Sly was clocked in 4:22.66.
The unheralded Donoghue finished in 3:50.10 while 1981 winner Sydney Maree was third in 3:50.72.
"I wanted to run as fast as possible after they (the early leaders) made their move," said Scott. "I made my move with about 300 meters to go and I went all out. Then I had another gear and pulled away with another big move."
The nationally televised race was run in 87-degree weather with thousands of people lining the avenue to watch the 14-man field, which also included defending champion Tom Byers, former mile record-holder John Walker of New Zealand and Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan, the fastest indoor miler in history.
Sly passed the three-quarter mark in 3:21.2 and held off Brit McRoberts, who was second in 4:23.86, and Christine Boxer, third in 4:24.49.