15 JAN 2009 General News New York, USA

Baddeley heads for defence at the Armory

Andy Baddeley at the 2008 New Balance Games in New York (Victah Sailer)Andy Baddeley at the 2008 New Balance Games in New York (Victah Sailer) © Copyright

Britain’s Andy Baddeley returns to the Armory in New York City to defend his title in the invitational Mile at the New Balance Games on 24 January.

Baddeley, an Olympic 1500m finalist last year in Beijing despite a nagging Achilles tendon injury, won the prestigious Dream Mile at the 2008 Bislett Games in Oslo. The Briton’s winning time of in 3:49.38 at the ÅF Golden League meet saw him join fellow countrymen Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Steve Cram, and Peter Elliott in sub 3:50 territory for the Mile... not bad company to keep!
 
In a strong international field Baddeley's chief competition is likely to come from New Zealander Adrian Blincoe.  Newly married, Blincoe was second to Baddeley last year and has previously placed third and fourth in the mile at the New Balance Games. 
 
The 2003 New Balance Games champion James Thie of Britain, and Ohio State graduate Rob Myers (USA) may well have a say in the proceedings and the dark horse could be the very promising 20-year-old from Canada, Kyle Boorsma.

Ian Brooks for the IAAF
 
The full field is...
 
1.   Andy Baddeley     Great Britain
2.   Adrian Blincoe      New Zealand
3.   James Thie          Great Britain
4.   Rob Myers           USA
5.   Neil Speight         Great Britain
6.   John Richardson   USA
7.   Tim Bayley          Great Britain
8.   Moise Joseph       Haiti
9.   Kyle Boorsma       Canada
10.  Max Smith           New Zealand
11.  Abiyot Endale       Ethiopia
12.  Samuel Ng'etich    Kenya