By Jonathan Gault
November 3, 2018
NEW YORK — After competing this morning in the US 5k Champs which were held as part of the Abbott Dash To The Finish Line, Olympic 1500-meter champion Matthew Centrowitz revealed exclusively to LetsRun.com that he has left the Nike Oregon Project. Centrowitz joined the group out of college in 2012, and under coach Alberto Salazar he placed fourth in the 1500 at the 2012 Olympics and earned silver at the 2013 World Championships. His best year came in 2016, when he won the World Indoor title on home soil in Portland before becoming the first American in 108 years to win the Olympic 1500 title in Rio de Janeiro.
After the 2017 track season, Centrowitz, 29, relocated from Portland, where the Oregon Project is based, to Washington, D.C., and recently moved from Washington to Seattle, where he serves as a volunteer assistant at the University of Washington under his college coach Andy Powell. It is unclear who will coach Centrowitz moving forward.
Centrowitz becomes the second high-profile athlete to leave the Oregon Project in as many years, following the departure of four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, who left the group in October 2017.
Centrowitz placed seventh in the USATF 5K Championships this morning in Central Park, running 14:02. He remains sponsored by Nike and wore the Nike pro kit during the race (though without the usual NOP insignia).
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