Amazing! American Matthew Centrowitz Jr. beat the world for gold in the 1500m race, on Aug. 20th in Rio. Not only that but he did it by just over one tenth of a second in one of the greatest finishes in the history of track & field. Keep reading for all the details of this epic Olympic event.
What an incredible race! Matthew Centrowitz Jr. has won the gold medal in Rio in the 1500m race with a time of 3:50. What is more remarkable than Matthew’s great time is the fact that Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria earned the silver with a time of 3:50.11. Yes, that’s right, about a tenth of one second separates these two great athletes. Wait, it gets better. The bronze was won by Nick Willis of New Zealand with a time of 3:50.24. Outrageous! A quarter of a second was the difference between gold, silver, bronze and going home empty-handed in this race for the ages.
It has been a wild day in track & field which saw victories for some Americans and heart-break for others. Chaunte Lowe was favored to bring home a gold in her third trip to the Olympics in the high jump but she was crushed by the competition and failed to make the podium. Then there was also the women’s 4x400m relay which saw Team USA win the gold, incredible. Allyson Felix helped anchor the American ladies to victory, earning yet another gold medal to her impressive collection. From swimming, gymnastics to track & field, America continues to flex our muscles for the world to see.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of this amazing finish? Where did this race rank in your favorite moments in the Rio games? Let us know what you think of this crazy event and all of the amazing athletes in Rio!