Rio 2016: Matt Centrowitz Wins Team USA’s First 1,500m Gold Since 1908 + Guyanese roots

Matt Centrowitz One-Ups Olympian Dad, Wins Team USA’s First 1,500m Gold Since 1908

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Matthew Centrowitz of the United States celebrates after winning gold in the Men's 1500 meter Final on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Matthew Centrowitz of the United States celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s 1500 meter Final on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO — “Welcome to the club.”

Those are the words Matthew Centrowitz heard from Sebastian Coe as he stood on the victory podium after winning the men’s 1,500-meter at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Coe was Olympic champion in 1980 and 1984 in the 1,500 and is now president of the IAAF, track and field’s global governing body.

The club only had two U.S. members before Saturday night. Centrowitz became the first American to win a gold medal in the metric mile since Mel Sheppard in 1908, who followed James Lightbody in 1904.

“I’m just, happy to bring gold back to the U.S.,” Centrowitz said. “Having a bit of history along the way is very humbling.”

Centrowitz was not to be denied this time.

Four years after finishing fourth in London, he led at every split, and then held on down the straightaway against a tough field. 

[Read more : http://www.teamusa.org/News/2016/August/20/Matt-Centrowitz-One-Ups-Olympian-Dad-Wins-Team-USAs-First-1500m-Gold-Since-1908

Also read:  Olympic hopeful – Matt Centrowitz Jr – Guyanese roots

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  • guyaneseonline  On August 21, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Matthew Centrowitz Jr wins Gold in the 1500 m in 2016 Olympics for US.

    Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. is an American 1500 runner and the son of two time Olympian Matthew Centrowitz, Sr. and Beverly Bannister-Centrowitz, a Guyanese and a four-year member of the track and field and cross country teams, graduated from Hunter in 1980 and was inducted into the Hunter Hall of Fame in 1985. She became the school’s first national class women’s runner, earning 10 conference titles and adding two New York State championships in the ½ mile.

    Beverly is the sister of Mark Bannister of GT LIME.

  • walter  On August 22, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Plantain power, congratulations

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