Another near miss for a runner with Pacific Northwest ties. Matthew Centrowitz was a contender from the University of Oregon to try and win Olympic gold in the 1500 meters. Centrowitz had enjoyed prior success in international competition, as he had just finished 3rd in the 1500 meters in the World Championships last year in Daegu.
Centrowitz did his best to keep pace with the leaders and was always in the top pack of the race, but unfortunately didn't have that explosive kick at the end to get on the medla stand. It turned out to be Centrowitz's teammate Leo Manzano who ended up winning a medal for the United States, finishing 2nd with a time of 3:34.79 behind the winner
Taoufik Makhloufi at 3:34.08. Makhloufi was actually disqualified in the prelims before being reinstated, so it completes a remarkable turn-around.
Centrowitz finished 4th with a time of 3:35.17.
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