Matthew Centrowitz

Birthday: 10/18/89 Mile PR: 3:49.26 - 2021
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:30.40 - 2015
High School: Broadneck HS '07
Hometown: Arnold, MD
College: University of Oregon '12
Current Residence: Park City, UT

Matthew Centrowitz finished third at the 2024 LA Grand Prix 1500m, running 3:35.16, his best time since 2021.

In May 2022, had left knee surgery (ACL), and in December, he ran his first race in a year-plus at the Kalakaua Merrie Mile, finishing 9th in 4:04.

In 2021, Centro finished runner-up at the U.S. Olympic Trials 1500 meters, clocking 3:35.34, and secured a spot on his third consecutive Olympic team. Earlier in the year, the reigning Olympic champion won the 1500m in 3:35.26 at the Track Meet in Irvine, California.

On July 24, 2021 in Portland, as a pre-Olympic tune-up, he won the Centro Mile in a personal record of 3:49.26 (#4 U.S. all-time), clocking the fastest Mile on U.S. soil by an American; previous mark: 3:49.89 indoors, Bernard Lagat, 2005.

In 2019, Centro finished runner-up at the USA 1500m Championship, set a 5000m personal record of 13:00.39 and finished 8th in the 1500m at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

At the 2018 USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, he won his fifth outdoor USA 1500m title with a closing final flourish in 3:43.37 (also 2011, 2013 & 2015-16).

In 2016, Centro won the 1500 meters at the Rio Olympics in a tactical race, closing with a sub-51 second final lap to break the golden beam in 3:50.00. His historic win was the first U.S. Olympic 1500m gold medal since Mel Sheppard (London 1908)! In July 2016, Centrowitz booked his second Team USA Olympic berth and also set an Olympic Trials 1500m record with his win in Eugene, clocking 3:34.09 (old mark, 3:35.15, Steve Scott, 1980). At the World Indoor Championships in Portland, he also captured the 1500 meter title in 3:44.22 to become the first U.S. men's world champion in the metric Mile.

Also in 2016, Centro captured the Camel City Elite Mile in Winston-Salem, NC and also set the state record with his 3:54.02, and three weeks later, he again beat Nick Willis at the Wanamaker Mile for his third title, 3:50.63 to 3:51.06, #4 and #8 all-time individuals for the indoor Mile at the time. In March, Centro won the USA Indoor 1500 title, edging Robby Andrews, 3:44.33 to 3:44.40, in Portland, OR.

For his outstanding, historic 2016 season, USATF selected Matthew as its Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year.

At the 2015 Millrose Games, he earned his second Wanamaker Mile title edging Nick Willis, 3:51.35 to 3:51.46, and two weeks later in Boston, he won his first USA Indoor Mile title, clocking 4:01.40 with a negative split 2:07 / 1:54 and final 53.5 in a tactical race. In June 2015, Matthew also won his third outdoor USA 1500m title (also 2011 & 2013) holding off Robby Andrews, Leo Manzano and Ben Blankenship.

The Oregon grad won his second IAAF World Championship medal with a silver at Moscow 2013, joining Bernard Lagat as the only other American male to have WC 1500m multi-medals (both twice). He won the 2013 USA 1500 meter title in a tactical race (3:45.17), and at the 2012 London Olympic Games, he earned a 4th place finish, just missing a bronze medal by .04 seconds. He earned his first trip to the Olympics with a runner-up finish in the 1500 meters at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

At the 105th Millrose Games in February 2012, Centrowitz won the NYRR Wanamaker Mile in 3:53.92 and became only the second runner in history to double back 7 1/2 months later in September to win the Fifth Avenue Mile in a personal best 3:52.4.

In 2011, Centrowitz competed at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea earning a bronze medal in the 1500m (the first U.S. men's medal for the distance since 1987). He also won his first 1500m national title at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships. At the University of Oregon, he was a 7-time NCAA All-American, winning the 2011 NCAA Outdoor 1500m title in 3:42.54.

FUN FACT: At the Pre Classic Bowerman Mile 2014, Matthew clocked a 3:50.53, the fastest outdoor Mile by an American on U.S. soil.

FUN FACT II: For the first time in the sub-4 era, the fastest track Mile recorded for a year was indoors by Centrowitz: 3:50.63 at the NYRR Wanamaker Mile on February 20, 2016.

FUN FACT III: Since 1896, Team USA has won only three Olympic 1500 meter / metric Mile gold medals: James Lightbody (St. Louis 1904), Mel Sheppard (London 1908) and Matthew Centrowitz (Rio 2016) #RareAir!

FUN FACTS IV: Father Matt was a 1976 & 1980 Olympic team member at 1500 and 5000 meters respectively. Sister, Lauren, was also a national class Miler at Stanford.



Rio Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz: “This is my last year.”

March 18, 2024

“I just want to finish up on a high note and ride off into the sunset with a smile on my face.”

By Olympic Talk

Rio Olympic 1500m gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz plans to make 2024 his last season.

“Mentally where I’m at with it, like this is it for me,” he told Flotrack on Saturday night....

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The Best Mile Moments of 2021

December 30, 2021

Nick Willis’ record 19th consecutive year sub-4, Hobbs Kessler – 12th U.S. high schooler sub-4 – sets prep indoor Mile record, two more father-son sub-4 combo club members and NCAA Indoor champion Cole Hocker leads youth charge highlight another pandemic year

By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile...

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Rio Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz headlines Downtown Yakima Mile

August 24, 2021

Top men’s & women’s fields expected, vying for $23,500 plus record & time bonus money; second edition benefits the YWCA Yakima and it family services program

YAKIMA, Wash. – The Olympics may be over, but the competition for the title as the world’s fastest Mile runner definitely is not, and...

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Bowerman Mile Brings Back Its Magic for Pre Classic

July 28, 2021

Centrowitz, two-time defending champion Cheruiyot, Ingebrigtsen brothers and more expected at the only race in the world to twice have produced five under 3:50

From the Prefontaine Classic

EUGENE, Ore. - Strap up, Mile fans. The magic will clearly be back for the Prefontaine Classic’s...

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Hocker beats gold medalist Centrowitz, earns Olympic spot

June 28, 2021

The youngest outdoor national champion in the 1500 or Mile since 1911: “This whole year, I felt like I was proving myself to the world, but also proving my talent to myself."

By David Woods, Indianapolis Star

Over the course of three minutes, Cole Hocker was far from the desired destination,...

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What’s Your Favorite Olympic Men’s 1500?

May 03, 2021

The fact that his winning time was the slowest since 1932 is irrelevant; it was racing entertainment at its finest.

From E. Garry Hill, Editor, Track & Field News

Time or tactics? Based on recent conversation on our Message Board, there are still those who think that Matthew Centrowitz’s 2016...

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Focus on the U.S. Men’s 1500 Scene

April 02, 2021

Whoever shows up on the starting line at Hayward Field, rest assured the guys will put on a great show at the U.S. Olympic Trials

By Jeff Hollobaugh, Track & Field News

It's not outlandish to project that one of the most-anticipated events at June’s U.S. Olympic Trials will be the men’s 1500....

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TFN Interview: Matthew Centrowitz

March 11, 2021

"Be ready for a fast race. Be ready for guys to be obviously fast, that can close really well but obviously be strong enough to run a National Record or a season best or PR by the third round."

By Sieg Lindstrom, Track & Field News

While the young collegiate bucks have torn it up indoors this...

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World Championships Men’s 1500m preview: Cheruiyot clear favorite

September 23, 2019

American quartet includes Rio Olympic champion Centrowitz, Blankenship, Engels & Prakel in Doha, Qatar

By Mike Rowbottom for the IAAF

It seems wrong to describe Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen as a wunderkind, because even though he only turned 19 on September 19, he has the attitude – and indeed...

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Engels Out-Duels Friend & Mentor Centrowitz in USA 1500

July 28, 2019

“Craig’s a fun guy… obviously with his appearance, it’s not your typical middle distance, distance running personality. I think it’s great. He brings a different spin to the event and to the sport.”

By Lincoln Shryack, FloTrack

When Craig Engels was weighing his professional options coming...

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Centrowitz Aiming for Another National Title

July 10, 2019

Rio Olympic 1500m gold medalist foresees winning results ahead as he familiarizes himself with coach Jerry Schumacher and vice versa

By Sieg Lindstrom, Track & Field News

As of Matthew Centrowitz’s first track race in 11 months—the Pre Classic’s Bowerman Mile—the magic numbers were 4, 6 & 5...

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Cheruiyot, Manangoi Headline Bowerman Mile at Pre Classic

May 29, 2019

Loaded field at 20th edition features six men with sub-3:50 Mile PRs including American Johnny Gregorek

From Prefontaine Classic

STANFORD, Calif. - On Sunday, June 30 at Cobb Track & Angell Field, the world’s best Milers will bring their rivalry to the Prefontaine Classic for the meet’s...

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Olympic champion Centrowitz eyes American record

October 25, 2018

The day I don’t think I can PR anymore in the 1500m, and the day I stop medaling and feel like I’m in medal contention is the day I’ll probably move up.

By Nick Zaccardi,

Rio Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz sat down for a Q&A last month at the end of a season in which...

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Rio Olympic Champion Centrowitz Joins UW as Volunteer Coach

July 15, 2018

"Matthew's presence alone will be incredibly impactful for our program... He will be such an amazing role model for our team; an example of what it takes to be a true champion both on and off the track."

From University of Washington Sports

SEATTLE – The reigning Olympic champion and already...

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Bowerman Mile Slugfest Expected at Pre Classic

May 11, 2018

Kenyans Elijah Manangoi & Timothy Cheruiyot headline field plus three fastest Milers in Pre history, topped by two-time Bowerman Mile winner Ayanleh Souleiman – whose meet record of 3:47.32 is the fastest ever on U.S. soil.

EUGENE, Ore. – The world’s top two current Milers will bring their...

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Olympic 1500m champ Centrowitz headlines standout Whanganui Mile field

February 28, 2018

American star eyeing Cooks Gardens record of 3:52.75 by Kiwi and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis

From Stuff

There might be no Nick Willis, but Whanganui's Sir Peter Snell international track meeting has gone arguably one better with the presence of Olympic 1500m champion Matthew...

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Catching Up with Olympic Champion Matthew Centrowitz

February 26, 2018

Get an American record, whether it’s in the Mile, the 1500. And just, even records put aside, just having a positive year...

By Jonathan Gault,

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from 2016 Rio Olympic 1500 meter champion Matthew Centrowitz. After Centrowitz’s injury-plagued 2017...

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Centrowitz Looking to Regroup in 2018

October 06, 2017

"Really, at this point it’s not a secret: I’m going after PRs — so that means American Records. That’s the next career box I want to tick off..."

By Jon Hendershott, Track & Field News

It can happen to the finest of athletes, even an Olympic champion: an all-conquering season can be followed...

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Matthew Centrowitz: The best American Miler ever?

August 09, 2017

“The moves he makes in races are almost violent. They are so sudden and decisive.”

By Liam Boylan-Pett, SB Nation

For once, Matthew Centrowitz didn't know what to do when he crossed the finish line.

He had copied a LeBron James celebration after winning the U.S. title in the 1500 meters in...

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Tactics, Salazar & Gold: The Training of Matthew Centrowitz

July 31, 2017

“We do a lot of under and over distance stuff. We’ll go 4-5 miles at a time, maybe 6, a lot slower than race pace. And then we do a lot of repetitions of 800m, 1000m at race pace – over and over.”

By Sam Burke, Runner's Tribe

“My bottom end speed is usually pretty good, so like 200s, 300s,...

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Centrowitz returns to Hayward Field for Bowerman Mile

May 09, 2017

Centrowitz will have to be on his game to come away with a victory. Of the 18 race entries announced Monday, seven have personal bests better than Centrowitz’s 3:50.53.

By Chris Hansen, The Register-Guard

Matthew Centrowitz made history last summer when he became the first American in more...

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Olympic Champion Centrowitz Still Learning How to Race

April 11, 2017

This year, in my eyes at least, there is a bigger emphasis on running fast. I think the Worlds will take care of themselves.

By Jon Hendershott, Track & Field News

He may be the Olympic gold medalist in the metric Mile, but Matthew Centrowitz admits he is still learning how to run the 1500.

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Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz ready for the chase

April 07, 2017

"That Mile time by Alan Webb is pretty steep. I don’t think anyone’s run faster since, so obviously a testament of how good that record is.”

By Chris Hansen, The Register-Guard

Matthew Centrowitz was all about winning an Olympic medal in 2016 and geared his training and schedule to achieve...

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Matthew Centrowitz Sets Sights on Winning Worlds, Racing Longer Distances at Next Two Olympics

February 13, 2017

“Obviously I would like to get back on the podium. And I would like to win the World Championships. I have to get more fit, get back to training after this indoors season and raise my training up another level.”

By Lynn Rutherford,

NEW YORK -- The buzz started as soon as Matthew...

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February 05, 2017

Centrowitz is pretty darn confident you’ll enjoy his book. Why do we say that? Because he’s letting visitors read a whole chapter for free.


Matt Centrowitz, the two-time Olympian and former American record holder at 5000 who is perhaps best known these days for...

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The Gold Medalist: Matthew Centrowitz

January 21, 2017

For 2017, the history-maker is targeting another medal at the World Championships in London as well as the 1500 meter U.S. record.

By Erin Strout, Runner's World

When Matthew Centrowitz crossed the finish line of the men’s 1500 meter final at the Rio Olympics, he was in shock. And so was the...

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Matthew Centrowitz’s path post-Rio gold

December 14, 2016

“I’m just enjoying the whole journey, this moment, this whole experience, and really just taking it in. Although my gold lasts forever, this moment doesn’t. I’m really just soaking it all in.”

By Noah Frank,

WASHINGTON — It’s a funny thing, watching Olympic coverage from a...

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7 Surprising Things That Happen After Winning an Olympic Medal

December 08, 2016

"The treasured, powerful symbol of athletic success was like hiding in my suitcase in a bundle of socks.”

By Erin Strout, Runner's World

Team USA’s track & field athletes are always expected to do well at the Olympics—and usually they tally a significant number of medals across the sprints...

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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...

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What Does It Take to Go for the Gold?

November 16, 2016

Nov. 21 Press Club Newsmaker features Olympic 1500 meter gold medal champion Matthew Centrowitz with Olympian father Matt

WASHINGTON – What does it take to win the gold medal? Matthew Centrowitz, who at the Rio Olympic Games this summer became the first U.S. Olympic gold 1500 meter (the “metric...

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Track & Field News Interview: Matthew Centrowitz

November 15, 2016

"First and foremost, I’ve always been a racer, a competitor. Even in high school I was never really good at chasing fast times. I just really like to compete, and I’ve carried that mentality throughout my whole career."

By Jeff Hollobaugh, Track & Field News

At the press conference following ...

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Olympic champion Centrowitz returns to Broadneck, inspires high school athletes

November 09, 2016

Students admired his humility, his athleticism — and the gold medal hanging from his neck.

By Cindy Huang, Capital Gazette

Broadneck High School student Julianna Fernandez lifted up her foot so 2016 Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz could bend down and sign his name on it.

"These are...

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Jeff Atkinson on his Olympic experience and Matthew Centrowitz, 2016 Rio Olympic 1500m champion

October 30, 2016

"He executed his strategy perfectly... once that fire bell rang he still had the finishing speed off of that slow pace to hold off everyone to win!"

By Jeff Benjamin,

28 years ago, Jeff Atkinson decided to go for it. With 600 meters to go, the former Stanford runner, under the...

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Behind the Renaissance of American Distance Running

September 12, 2016

“Somewhere along the way we hit this critical tipping point where it really clicked. Now, every time an American steps to the line at an international competition... you’re competing for a medal.”

By Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Magazine

Unless you spent the second week of the Olympics...

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Matthew Centrowitz’s “Welcome to The Club” But Which Club?

September 04, 2016

The Olympic champion played his cards to perfection. In this golden process, he thus avoided potential membership in three less exclusive clubs.

By Elliott Denman,

"Welcome to the club."

These are the words, whispered to Matthew Centrowitz, at the top of the podium, by Lord...

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Simpson supreme again, Jenkins surprises at New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

September 03, 2016

36th edition produces three women sub-4:20, two men sub-3:50; record 17 women sub-4:30 and record tying 17 men sub-4


NEW YORK – American Jenny Simpson became the first five-time winner – man or woman – in event history and rising star Eric Jenkins shocked the field with his top...

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Five Olympic Medalists Headline Star-Studded New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

August 30, 2016

Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz leads men’s field, while Team New Balance stars and Olympic bronze medalists Jenny Simpson & Emma Coburn highlight women’s field; world’s largest & most iconic road Mile race to be streamed live on and to include specialty heats for youth, seniors...

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Webb Says Centrowitz 1500 Gold Represents Century of Dedication

August 23, 2016

"Look at not just Matt, but so many other Americans and how far distance running has come in the last ten years. I hope I've played a small part in that."

By Chris Lotsbom, Race Results Weekly
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FALMOUTH, Mass. (21-Aug) -- Four...

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Arnold neighborhood where Centrowitz grew up continues to cheer

August 22, 2016

"Everybody was jumping up and down, and just so thrilled. It was just amazing."

By Megan Brockett and Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette

In the Hunter's Pointe neighborhood of Arnold, just off College Parkway, red, white and blue "Centro Nation" signs dot the front yards of several houses.


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Matthew Centrowitz takes lead, and then gold in Olympic 1500 meters

August 20, 2016

"I came into this championships with a different mind-set. Thought to myself, I’m in great shape. Just run to my capability. It wasn’t a redemption thing for London. It was about being the best I could be on this day.”

By Rick Maese, The Washington Post

RIO DE JANEIRO — It doesn’t matter how...

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Matthew Centrowitz follows his father’s footsteps to a second Olympic team

August 03, 2016

"I kind of embraced that kind of role as a favorite. That’s where everyone wants to be. It’s certainly harder to stay on top of the mountain than to get up there. My personality, I’ve embraced and enjoyed the spotlight."

By Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

The joke already has hardened into...

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Centrowitz ready for second chance at winning Olympic medal

July 27, 2016

Broadneck graduate: “It's a better feel than back in 2012... (I’m) just a more mature runner, more seasoned, more of a veteran than in 2012. So (I’m) just using all those things to my advantage.”

By Kai Reed,

ARNOLD, Md. — Matthew Centrowitz just missed out on winning an Olympic...

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Matthew Centrowitz continues his family legacy with 1500 meter win at U.S. Olympic Trials

July 19, 2016

“Kind of a cool stat was that his first team he made, he finished second, and his second team he won as well. Just another reason for me to follow in his footsteps. Like father like son.”

By Jarrid Denney, Daily Emerald

Coming into the U.S. Olympic Trials 1500 meter final, each of the men in...

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Exciting 1500 meter races close out U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials

July 11, 2016

Women's 1500m top 3 strongest in U.S. Olympic team history; Blankenship, Andrews and Martinez celebrate first Olympic berths; Centrowitz breaks Steve Scott's Olympic Trials meet record.

By Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated

Less than half a second separated the third and fourth place finishers...

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Team USA Distance Runners Add Four Medals at Worlds

March 21, 2016

Centrowitz wins first international 1500m gold, Hill & Rowbury earn 3000m silver & bronze in front of sellout crowd in Portland.

By Ben DeJarnette, Runner's World

The American distance crew capped its impressive weekend with four more medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships on Sunday,...

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Centrowitz, Andrews make 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championship 1500 Final

March 19, 2016

"It felt alright, as alright as a prelim round can feel. Things got a little choppy out there. [On getting elbowed] It's part of racing, it's all good. I'm excited [heading into finals], just got to try to get in a good position and see what happens." - Matthew Centrowitz



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Centro Goes for Gold on Home Turf Against Souleiman, Willis and Iguider

March 18, 2016

Centrowitz is undefeated in 2016 and ran 3:50.63 at Millrose, but can he take down rivals Ayanleh Souleiman (fresh off a 1000m WR) and World Championship bronze medalist Abdalaati Iguider?


For the first time in 29 years, the U.S. will play host to the IAAF World Indoor Track &...

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Matthew Centrowitz edges Robby Andrews to win the USATF 1500 in a great, last-lap duel

March 14, 2016

Centrowitz, Andrews earned two 1500 berths on Team USA for the World Indoor Championships in Portland.

By Ken Goe, The Oregonian

Robby Andrews has one of the best kicks in the trade, and Andrews had it loaded up.

He came wide off the last turn of the men's 1500 meter final in full sprint...

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Centrowitz, Rowbury Retain Wanamaker Mile Titles

February 20, 2016

“You’re never going to achieve any goals if you don’t put yourself out there.”

By Ken Belson, New York Times

The Wanamaker Mile is always the fitting finale of the Millrose Games, the country’s premier indoor track meet, and this year’s showdown between Matthew Centrowitz, the reigning...

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NYRR Wanamaker Mile Features Rematch of Centrowitz vs. Willis

February 04, 2016

Shannon Rowbury also to defend NYRR Wanamaker Mile title against star-studded women’s field


The NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the 109th NYRR Millrose Games will feature a riveting rematch between defending champion Matthew Centrowitz, of Portland OR, and 2015 runner-up and the fastest...

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Centrowitz, Rowbury Win Camel City Mile Titles

January 30, 2016

North Carolina state record for Centrowitz; Rowbury defends; world-leading times for both champions; Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2016 kicks off at JDL Fast Track

By David Monico, Bring Back the Mile

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – With 2,500-plus rabid fans in attendance at the JDL Fast Track...

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All Three Americans Qualify for World 1500-Meter Final

August 28, 2015

For the first time since 2009, Team USA has 3 men advance to an IAAF World Championship final in the 1500m; Final on Sunday, August 30 at 7:45pm local time.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Americans Matthew Centrowitz, Leo Manzano, and Robby Andrews qualified in Friday’s semi-finals for...

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All 3 American Men Advance to IAAF World Championship 1500m Semifinal

August 27, 2015

Team USA once again looked strong in the first round of the 1500 as Matthew Centrowitz, Leo Manzano and Robby Andrews all advanced to Friday’s semifinals.


Day 6 of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing began in a very similar fashion to Day 5 for Team USA’s distance...

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Matthew Centrowitz Chases Third World Championships Medal

August 18, 2015

After 1500-meter bronze in 2011 and silver in 2013, he wants gold in Beijing.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Matthew Centrowitz made his international breakthrough in the 1500 with a bronze-medal performance at the 2011 IAAF World Championships, and improved to the silver medal at the...

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Americans have impressive showing at Emsley Carr Mile in London Diamond League Meet

July 26, 2015

Kenya's Asbel Kiprop wins with strange tactics; American Miler Matthew Centrowitz runs 3:55.03 edging Anyaleh Souleiman for second place finish; Bernard Lagat sets Masters outdoor record with 3:57.91 clocking.


In one of the strangest Diamond League Miles in history, Kenya’s...

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1500 meter Champion Centrowitz seeking a Diamond League victory

July 05, 2015

"Matthew's most important goals are to win global medals. He's mixing it up with the best guys in the world and the next step is to win one of these major international meets."

By Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette

Matthew Centrowitz showed quite clearly at last weekend's USA Track & Field...

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Matthew Centrowitz sharpens his focus as the USATF Championships approach

June 21, 2015

"I have silver and bronze, at this point," Centrowitz said. "I don't think it's arrogant for me to say that's the goal in the back of my head."

By Ken Goe, The Oregonian

The big goal this year for Matthew Centrowitz is to stay focused.

So far, so good.

With doping allegations swirling...

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Centrowitz Wins Over Manzano, Kampf Repeats at Grand Blue Mile

April 22, 2015

Matthew Centrowitz and Heather Kampf picked up $5000 for their road Mile wins, event record 5,000 participants at 6th edition event.


DES MOINES, Iowa - (April 21, 2015) - The Drake Relays kicked off in grand style with the Grand Blue Mile Tuesday night in Des Moines. Matthew...

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Centrowitz Wins Mile, Rowbury Gets Double at USA Indoors

March 02, 2015

Nike Oregon Project teammates take distance titles on meet's final day.

By David Monti for Runner's World

Nike Oregon Project teammates Matthew Centrowitz and Shannon Rowbury won the distance races and Casimir Loxsom broke the American 600-meter record on Sunday, the final day of the USA...

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Cito, Citius, Centrowitz

February 28, 2015

2015 goal to complete his set of World Championship medals with a 1500m gold in Beijing this summer.

From SPIKES powered by IAAF

He’s got CITIUS (Latin for faster) tattooed on his right shoulder, and Matthew Centrowitz’s 2015 season has started just like that. SPIKES caught up with the U.S....

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Centrowitz’s chase for gold

February 18, 2015

“His ambition is no longer just to be the best in the country. He wants to be the best in the world.” - Bernard Lagat

By Nick Zaccardi, NBC OlympicTalk

Bernard Lagat, the U.S. 1500m record holder and, at different points, a rival of icons Hicham El Guerrouj, Kenenisa Bekele and Mo Farah,...

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Centrowitz, Rowbury Win Wanamaker Mile Titles

February 14, 2015

Lagat shatters Masters (40 & older) Mile world record; near record 10 men go sub-4 indoors at 108th NYRR Millrose Games

By Jim Gerweck, Mile wire

NEW YORK – The Mile is generally considered to be the perfect race in the track & field canon because of its near-perfect symmetry. Four laps of...

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Centrowitz, 3:50 yet disappointed

June 10, 2014

“I feel I’m still trying to establish myself as one of the top runners.”

By Jack Pfeifer,

Matthew Centrowitz was on hand for the big Bowerman Mile that always concludes the Prefontaine Classic meet. He was surrounded by a sea of pan-Africa – Algeria, Morocco, Djibouti, Kenya,...

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World Championships Medalist Matthew Centrowitz and Teenage Track Sensation Mary Cain to headline NY

January 29, 2014

Three-time Olympian Nick Willis and USA champion Morgan Uceny also among top competitors

NEW YORK — Moscow World Championships silver medalist Matthew Centrowitz and teenage track sensation Mary Cain will headline the NYRR Wanamaker Mile fields at the NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, February...

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Centrowitz improves to silver at Worlds

August 18, 2013

Back-to-back World Championship 1500 meter medals; "Getting silver to Kiprop is gold any other day."

By Chris Lehourites, AP Sports Writer

MOSCOW — As Matthew Centrowitz raced around the final bend, about to accelerate into his finishing kick, his dad's TV went blank.

Of the millions of...

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Centrowitz runs in Moscow 3 decades after his father did not

August 14, 2013

2011 World Championships 1500m bronze medalist and 2013 USA 1500m champion qualifies for 2013 Worlds 1500m semis

By Pat Graham, Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Nearly 33 years later, a Centrowitz family member finally stepped inside Luzhniki Stadium and started a major race.

With a freshly...

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Men’s 1500 Meter Team for World Champs Finalized

July 08, 2013

Centrowitz, Manzano, and Lomong will go to Moscow.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

The confusing and somewhat nerve-racking matter of who will represent the United States in the men’s 1500 at the World Championships next month was resolved on Saturday after a fast race at Meeting Areva, a...

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Broadneck alum Centrowitz finishes first in crowded 1500 final at USA Outdoors

June 23, 2013

2012 Olympian holds off pack for World Championships berth; five others finish within a second

From the Baltimore Sun

Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) won a jam-packed 1500 meter final at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. The 23-year-old from Annapolis...

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Is Something Wrong with U.S. Milers?

June 19, 2013

A perfect storm of factors leads to a lack of fast 1500 meter times in 2013 for U.S. men

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

As runners line up for the first round of the men’s 1500 meters on Thursday at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, none of them will have the "A"...

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A Beautiful Night for the Mile: Reid, Lomong Win the Wanamaker Mile

February 16, 2013

Multiple records topple in the Armory Saturday night as high school phenom Mary Cain betters her own U.S. record, while Lomong and O’Hare take the storied race into new terrain.

By Duncan Larkin, Mile wire 

NEW YORK – Under the bright lights and amidst the roaring of a sold-out crowd at the...

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Connolly and Centro Bookend a Colorful Wanamaker History

February 14, 2013

By Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Last year, New York Road Runners sponsored the men’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile for the first time. Matthew Centrowitz took charge to win his professional debut at the distance in 3:53.92.

On Saturday night, Centrowitz will return to the New Balance Track &...

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Matthew Centrowitz Wants Wanamaker Mile Record Saturday

February 13, 2013

He'll shoot for win and sub-3:52 at the Millrose Games.

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

Matthew Centrowitz, 23, won the Wanamaker Mile at the 2012 Millrose Games in 3:53.92. He returns to the Games on Saturday at the Armory in New York with Bernard Lagat’s Wanamaker record of 3:52.87 as...

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Centrowitz, Lakhouad Win New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Miles

February 02, 2013

Wynne, Frazier high school Mile champions; NBIGP kick-off to the Bring Back the Mile Tour 2013
By Jim Gerweck, The Mile wire

BOSTON – (February 2, 2013) – When it comes to the Mile, the 2013 indoor track season has been thus far quite thrilling with Mary Cain’s U.S. high school record and...

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Centrowitz Craves Record-Breaking Mile Run at Millrose

January 30, 2013

The Broadneck grad will be running again in the New York indoor track meet.

By D. Frank Smith, Broadneck Patch

The 106th Millrose Games in New York City's Armory is one of the largest indoor track meets in the country.

Broadneck's Olympic running sensation Matthew Centrowitz recently told ...

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Centrowitz Feeling Faster Than Ever This Winter

January 22, 2013

By Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

On a Skype call to a New York Track Writers’ luncheon this afternoon, Matthew Centrowitz said that his recent workouts “have been faster than anything I could imagine” coming out of college.

He added that his father—two-time Olympian Matt Centrowitz, a...

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Rupp to Race Centrowitz in Indoor Mile on Saturday

January 10, 2013

By Peter Gambaccini, Runner"s World

A match-up in the Mile between Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz at Saturday’s UW Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle is more intriguing and potentially competitive than it might at first seem. Yes, Centrowitz is the 2011 world championships 1500...

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Centrowitz, Martinez Cap Year with Fifth Avenue Mile Titles

September 22, 2012

At 32nd edition, more than 5,400 finishers in age group heats race the iconic distance down the famed thoroughfare
By Jim Gerweck, The Mile wire

NEW YORK – (September 22, 2012) – For years, Bernard Lagat has dominated Mile races on the indoor track of New York City, his eight consecutive...

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The Secret to Running: Not Running

September 19, 2012

By Scott Cacciola, The Wall Street Journal

After Bernard Lagat competes Saturday in the Fifth Avenue Mile, he plans to do something that would feel completely foreign to many elite runners: He will toss his sneakers in a closet and pig out for the next five weeks. No running. No sit-ups. No...

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Centrowitz Breaks Into U.S. Top 10

August 24, 2012

By Barbara Huebner, New York Road Runners

Matthew Centrowitz set a huge personal best at Thursday’s Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, and said that he’s not done yet.

“I still have a lot of racing left in me,” he said here after coming on strong in the last half-lap of the 1500...

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Centrowitz: 3:31.96 for 1500 Meters in Lausanne

August 23, 2012

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...

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Fast Genes

July 30, 2012

An Olympic medal eluded his dad in 1976. Today, Matthew Centrowitz aims to fulfill the family dream.

By John Brant, Runner's World

Several times a week, the most accomplished father-son duo in the history of middle-distance racing engages in a transcontinental telephone call, continuing a...

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1500-meter hopeful Centrowitz grew up in the company of Olympians

July 14, 2012

Broadneck grad and son of an Olympian knows the meaning of running on the biggest stage

By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun

Matt Centrowitz Sr. does not recall ever sitting down with his son Matthew Centrowitz to regale him with tales of being an Olympian, or to explain the thrill and...

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Matthew Centrowitz learns the strategy behind speed

April 13, 2012

By Amy Shipley, The Washington Post

Father and son laugh about it now. The father, in fact, seems to delight in recalling his son’s monumental misjudgment and subsequent collapse in his first Mile as a freshman at Broadneck High. The young Matthew Centrowitz boldly took the lead from the start...

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Centrowitz follows in father’s footsteps on track

February 02, 2012

By Pat Graham, ESPN / AP Sports

Rising middle-distance runner Matthew Centrowitz is chasing his father's footsteps with a chance for everything to come full circle on Oregon's famed oval track.

It was at Hayward Field, nearly 36 years ago, that Matt Centrowitz -- a brash kid from New York...

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