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After record year, Centrowitz doesn’t shy away from expectations

November 28, 2016

“I credit being at the University of Oregon and going to college for four years as the reason why I can run these tactical races, why I’m prepared for these slow races."

By Roxanna Scott, USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON — For an Olympic champion who’s spent the year checking goals off his list and making U.S. track & field history, Matthew Centrowitz doesn’t shy away from thinking about his future.

Four years, eight years.

Centrowitz, 27, isn’t afraid to say he plans to stick around for the next two Olympics — maybe racing in the 5000 or 10,000 meters and “hopefully not the marathon.”

In Rio this summer, he became the first American man since 1908 to capture Olympic gold in the 1500, capping a dream season. On Dec. 3 he will accept an award in Orlando as the Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year from USA Track & Field.

“This year was all about placing and not chasing fast times,” he said Monday at the National Press Club.

Placing first in his races became routine this year. In February, Centrowitz, 27, won his third Wanamaker Mile title at the Millrose Games, setting a meet record in 3 minutes, 50.63 seconds (also the fastest Mile time of the year). Then in March the former Oregon Duck won his first world indoor title in the 1500 in Portland, Ore.

Continue reading at: www.usatoday.com

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