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By lowering her previous personal best by more than 3 seconds and winning the women’s 1,000 meters on Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, American teenager Mary Cain had reason to celebrate. It was tempered, though, because she had much higher hopes.
Cain, a 17-year-old from Bronxville, N.Y., ran the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes, 35.80 seconds, beating Chanelle Price (2:36.63) by less than a second. It was much faster than Cain’s previous best of 2:39.25, which also had been the world junior record at the distance. But it was slower than the US record of 2:34.19, and well off the world mark of 2:30.94.