Matthew Centrowitz Jr
Quite simply, Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. makes winning look too easy, effortless. One may too quickly assume it is purely in his blood; the comparisons to his two-time Olympian father are easy to jump to. But, don’t be fooled, the vigor for which Centro cuts through the finishing tape is hard-fought, you just can’t see it.
As a high-schooler, Centro displayed his prowess early; by the time he was a senior in Maryland at Broadneck High School he had won a Cross Country State title and went on to finish 8th at the 2006 Foot Locker National Championships. But his true calling was the track: 2006 State Champion for 3200m, 2007 State Champion for 1600m, 2007 Pan American Junior Champion for the 1500m after placing second at the USA Junior Championships. With an 8:41:55 2-mile time he established himself as the third-fastest over the distance for a high-schooler.
Centro then signed on to be a member of the University of Oregon Ducks, immediately making an impact. In 2008 he took Gold at the USA Junior Outdoor Track Championships for 5k, in the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships he became an All-American and a member of the NCAA Cross Country Team Championship title. All of which led up to the unforgettable 1500m Oregon 1-2-3 finish at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. As a 7-Time All-American and holding 2 school records to his name, the real eye-opener came at the 2011 IAAF World Track Championships where his third-place finish and Bronze medal effectually stole the show.
The still-young talent ended that season by turning professional to become a member of the Nike-sponsored Oregon Project, coached by Alberto Salazar. With the Olympic year upon him, Centro followed up in the same International-level force with a 4th place finish across 1500m at the 2012 London Olympics in 3:31.96. Later that year he took down Bernard Legat at the Fifth Avenue Mile.
2013 has berthed Centro Junior to another World Track Championships Team in the 1500m, winning the USA National Track Championship title. In Moscow Centrowitz won a silver medal firmly cementing himself as one of the worlds best 1500/milers of his generation.
In March 2016 Centrowitz won the 1500 meter World Indoor Championships.
In August 2016 he won the Olympic Gold Medal in the 1500 to finish his season undefeated and become the first American to win Gold in the 1500 in 108 years.