Centrowitz leads Team USA with 1,500-meter gold
RIO DE JANEIRO – My time in Rio is coming to a close, but this event has been nothing short of spectacular. Incredible performances by our team defined the final session of track and field at these Olympic Games.
For the first time since 1908, an American won the gold medal in the men’s 1500 meters. In a perfectly executed tactical race, Matthew Centrowitz controlled the pace of the final and crossed the line ahead of several previous Olympic champions. With a look of disbelief, Centrowitz grabbed the American flag for his victory lap and the crowd went wild.
Paul Chelimo won silver in a fast-paced men’s 5000m final – he crossed the line in a quick 13:03.90, stamping his name in the history books and asserting his presence on the global stage in his first-ever Olympic appearance.
Chaunte Lowe finished the women’s high jump competition just out of medal contention; she cleared the same height as all the medalists but was fourth on count-back.
The night ended as well as it could with both the women’s and men’s 4x400m relay teams winning gold. Strong legs by all relay team members, smooth transitions, and teamwork ensured the overall victory, and proved once more why Team USA is the #1 team in the world.
2016 Olympic Head Coach – Men’s Track and Field