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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 many years athletes dream of it, how many times they fantasize about it, how many times they play it out in their heads. In the race of emotions, disbelief has a way of outpacing exhilaration.

So even though Matthew Centrowitz led from the start of the Olympic men’s 1500 meter race Saturday and only briefly allowed another runner to pull in front of him, he still crossed the finish line a bit uncertain about what had just happened.

“I literally was still looking at the board, like, did somebody go by me? Did I really just win? Did I really just hold that caliber of a field off in the Olympic final?” Centrowitz said later. “I could not have scripted it any better.”

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