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Dragila and Stuczynski to duel at Madison Square Garden

Stacy Dragila, 2000 Olympic gold medallist and indoor American record holder in the Pole Vault, and Jenn Stuczynski, the two-time US Champion who last summer broke Dragila’s outdoor American Record, will meet in the 101st Millrose Games - IAAF Indoor permit meet - at Madison Square Garden on 1 February.

Dragila is a familiar face at Madison Square Garden, where the 36-year-old legend has won Millrose title seven times. The three-time World champion (indoors and outdoors) and 17-time US champion (indoors and outdoors) is beginning a quest to make her third Olympic team.

Stuczynski, meanwhile, climbed into equal second spot on the world all-time list with a 4.88m vault on 2 June in New York, so becoming the first American woman to jump 16 feet, less than two weeks after breaking Dragila’s 11-year hold on the American outdoor mark last summer.

There has also been an addition to the line-up for the Wanamaker Mile whioch will see young American distance star Galen Rupp and New Zealand’s Nick Willis join five-time winner Bernard Lagat and last year’s runner-up, Craig Mottram. Rupp, 21, is the NCAA 10,000-metre record-holder and the 2007 US outdoor Championships runner-up; Willis is the 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist at 1500 meters and New Zealand’s national record-holder.

Barbara Huebner for the IAAF