Romania's Maricica Puica, the 1984 Olympic 3,000-meter champion, set a course record while winning the Mercedes Mile on Fifth Avenue in New York, spoiling the comeback of American distance star Mary Decker Slaney.
Puica was timed in 4 minutes 19.48 seconds, clipping more than three seconds off the previous course record of 4:22.6 set by Britain's Wendy Sly in 1983.
By breaking the course mark, Puica earned a new car from the event sponsor.
Slaney, competing for the first time since Sept. 14, 1985--she took time off to give birth to a girl--never was in contention and finished far behind the winner.
Slaney, admittedly not in top form because of bursitis and tendinitis in her left foot, wound up sixth in 4:32.01--more than 12 seconds behind Puica.