NEW YORK -- Nineteen months after giving birth to a daughter, 40-year-old Gail Devers won the hurdles against a stellar field last night at the 100th Millrose Games.
Devers, who has not raced much competitively in the last two years, edged 2004 Olympic champion Joanna Hayes to win the 60-meter event. Also in the field: Danielle Carruthers and former world champion Perdita Felicien.
Former 100-meter world record-holder Maurice Greene, who took off last year to deal with injuries, lasted only about 25 meters in the 60 before falling. Shawn Crawford won in 6.56.
Devers won in 7.86 seconds, the best time in the world this season and just 0.12 off the US record she set in 2003. Hayes was second in 7.91 and Carruthers was third in 7.94.
"There's some work to be done, but I'm improving," Devers said. "I just took a year off to have my daughter. Until God tells me to stop, that's when I'm going to stop."
The Wanamaker Mile was won for the fifth time by Bernard Lagat (3:54.26). Craig Mottram was second in 3:54.81, followed by Chris Lukezic and Alan Webb.
Olympic and world champion Yelena Isinbayeva won the women's pole vault (15 feet 9 3/4 inches, highest clearance by a woman indoors in the US), but failed in three attempts to set her 20th world record. She missed at 16-1 3/4, which would have broken her own indoor record of 16-1 1/4.
American Brad Walker was the surprise winner of the men's pole vault, defeating world No. 1 Steven Hooker of Australia. Each jumped 19- 1/4, but Walker had fewer misses.
Tirunesh Dibaba ran away from the field on the final lap to win the women's 3,000. The Ethiopian, who set a world record in the 5,000 six days earlier in Boston, pulled away from American Sarah Hall (9:01.22) in the last 200 meters to win in 8:46.58.