Aug 20, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO – Matthew Centrowitz earned the United States' first gold medal in the men's 1,500-meter run since 1908 in leading from start to finish and winning the event Saturday at the Rio Olympic Games.
Centrowitz, the son of AU head track and cross country coach Matt Centrowitz, ran 3:50.00 to win the race.
He took the lead at the beginning and held off challenges down the stretch to earn the gold medal. His father was among a group of AU alumni and friends to watch live in the Olympic Stadium.
Centrowitz covered the final 400 meters in 50.62, according to Sports Illustrated, and went 1:50 over the final 800. He won the U.S. Olympic Trials in a meet record 3:34.09 last month and won the World Indoor Championships in his home of Portland, Ore., in February.
Matt Centrowitz was a two-time Olympian during his own running career. His Eagles open the 2016 cross country season in early September.