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