Jul 10, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Matthew Centrowitz sprinted past the field on the final lap and earned a berth on Team USA with a victory and a meet record in the men's 1,500-meter run Sunday in the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at historic Hayward Field.
Centrowitz, the son of American University head track and cross country coach Matt Centrowitz, ran a 54-second last lap to finish in 3:34.09. He bested the meet record of 3:35.15 set by Steve Scott on the same track in 1980.
After his victory, Centrowitz was asked by NBC about making his second Olympic team. He pulled up his shirt and unveiled a tattoo that read "Like Father, Like Son," referencing his father's two-time Olympic qualification in 1976 and 1980.
Robby Andrews (3:34.88) and Ben Blankenship (3:36.18) finished second and third, while Leo Manzano (3:36.62) was fourth after earning a Silver Medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Centrowitz was fourth at the 2012 Olympics and won the World Indoor Championships in Portland earlier this year.
The 2016 Rio Olympics open on August 5.