Centrowitz: 3:31.96 for 1500 Meters in Lausanne
By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World
In an Athletissima meet in Lausanne, Switzerland in which Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake predictably won their separate sprints and Kenyans acquitted themselves for some of their London Olympic disappointments, let's give prominent play here to the most encouraging American story of Thursday's Diamond League meet, a third place 3:31.96 for 1500 meters by Matthew Centrowitz.
For Centrowitz, the 2011 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist and fourth place London Olympic finisher, the time -- which he achieved by storming down the final straightaway in an outer lane -- was a personal best by a full two and a half seconds and moved him to #9 on the all-time U.S. list. And the furious finish took him quite close to the winner, Silas Kiplagat of Kenya (3:31.78), and runnerup, Mekonnen Gebremedhin of Ethiopia (3:31.86). Kiplagat, the 2011 world championships silver medalist who finished out of the medals in the Olympics, was one of the Kenyan stars who performed better in Lausanne than in London.
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