Matt Centrowitz led from wire to wire in the men’s 1500m on Saturday night in Rio, holding on down the stretch to be come the first American since 1908 to win gold in the event.
That’s 108 years!
Centrowitz entered Rio as a favourite to contend for a medal, having missed the podium in London by just four-hundredths of a second. But win an impressive field around him, including the Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, a gold medal still looked like a long-shot for Centrowitz.
Then the gun went off, and Centrowitz led from the start and held off late charges from his competitors. He finished in 3:50.00.
The win was historic, to say the least.
Matthew Centrowitz is the first American to win an Olympic track race longer than 400m since Dave Wottle’s 800m in 1972.
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) August 21, 2016
He couldn’t believe it:
Centrowitz’s gold medal adds another middle-distance medal for the Americans, who are enjoying unprecedented Olympic success in the longer track events.
CENTROWITZ!!! With five medals, it’s now officially the best US distance running Olympics since 1924
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) August 21, 2016
“I didn’t ever dream of winning,” Centrowitz said afterwards.
Hats off to him.
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