Matt Centrowitz Runs 3:31.96 for 1500m in Lausanne

By LetsRun.com
August 23, 2012

The big distance event in Lausanne on the men's side was the men's 1500m and it did not disappoint.

With 100m to go, five men, including American Matt Centrowitz, were spread abreast across four lanes battling for the win.

In the end, 2011 World Championships silver medallist, Silas Kiplagat, got the win in 3:31.78 over Ethiopian rival Mekonnen Gebremedhin in 3:31.86. A step behind them was Centrowitz in third in 3:31.96.

For the 22 year old Centrowitz the run was a huge pr as he skipped the 3:32s and 3:33s in their entirety, with his previous pr being 3:34.46 from last year. Centro becomes the 9th fastest American ever and the 9th American under 3:32.

Race blow by blow and video below the US All-time list.

All Time US 1500m List
3:29.30 Bernard Lagat USA 12/12/1974 1 Rieti 28/08/2005
3:29.77 Sydney Maree USA 09/09/1956 1 Köln 25/08/1985
3:30.54 Alan Webb USA 13/01/1983 1 Paris Saint-Denis 06/07/2007
3:30.90 Andrew Wheating USA 21/11/1987 4 Monaco 22/07/2010
3:31.01 Jim Spivey USA 07/03/1960 1 Koblenz 28/08/1988
3:31.52 Steve Holman USA 02/03/1970 6 Bruxelles 22/08/1997
3:31.76 Steve Scott USA 05/05/1956 4 Nice 16/07/1985
3:31.93 David Krummenacker USA 24/05/1975 2 Stockholm 16/07/2002
3:31.96 Matt Centrowitz JR USA 18/10/1989 3 Lausanne 23/08/2012
3:32.20 Lopez Lomong USA 01/01/1985 6 Monaco 22/07/2010
3:32.37 Leonel Manzano USA 12/09/1984 2 Bruxelles 27/08/2010
3:33.1 Jim Ryun USA 29/04/1947 1 Los Angeles, CA 08/07/1967
3:33.28 Christopher Lukezic USA 24/04/1984 12 Roma 14/07/2006

The rabbits took the field out hard here in 54.31, but no one wanted to go with them. For much of the race the rabbits were ahead of the field. At the bell, which the leaders reached in 2:36 high, most of the field was stung out single file. Nixon Chepseba and Caleb Nduku lead on the backstretch as Matt Centrowitz was in 6th.

With 200m to go, Centrowitz was in fifth with a slight gap to the front four, but he closed well on the turn as did Silas Kiplagat. Since Centrowitz was coming from farther back, he went the widest coming off the turn. As the top five all hit the homestretch just a few strides apart Centrowitz was in lane four. Gebremedhin and Kiplagat closed the best down the stretch and passed Ndiku and Chepseba who had been leading. Kiplagat had just enough to outkick Gebremedhin, but moving up the entire time in lane 4 was Matt Centrowitz to get third. The win really wasn't in question for Centro but another ten of fifteen meters and this one could have been his.

Further back in the field London silver medallist Leo Manzano was running his first race post-London. Manzano ran a season's best of 3:34.08, but it was only good for 10th.

London 10,000m silver medallist Galen Rupp was making a Diamond League appearance at 1500m ,but he ended up dropping out about 950 meters into the race, while on the back of the main pack. Ken Goe reports Rupp has been battling bronchitis.

Quick Takes (QT) #1: Centrowitz was already the real deal (bronze medallists at the Worlds last year as a 21 year old, and followed that up this year with a fourth place finish at the Olympics). To see him run well in a faster race is great because now US fans can look forward to him doing well in Diamond League meets instead of just in Championship races. He showed the same smooth running style in a much faster race.

QT #2: Winning here is not redemption for Silas Kiplagat. He probably is still kicking himself for his performance at London.

QT #3: It's hard to believe that this 10th place showing for Manzano was a seasonal best for the Olympic silver medallist. It just shows - they give out the medals in the Olympics for who races the best - not who time trials the best.

Men's 1500m Lausanne (Set to Start with 1 Lap to Go, Rewind to Watch Full Race)

 

Centro Talks About His PR
1
KEN
3:31.78
8
2
 
2
ETH
3:31.86
5
3
 
3
USA
3:31.96
PB
1
6
 
4
KEN
3:32.31
2
4
 
5
KEN
3:32.39
SB
2
4
 
6
KEN
3:33.22
 
 
 
7
KEN
3:33.25
1
6
 
8
KEN
3:33.76
 
 
 
9
KEN
3:33.83
SB
 
 
 
10
USA
3:34.08
SB
 
 
 
11
NZL
3:34.85
1
6
 
12
FRA
3:39.01
 
 
 
 
KEN
DNF
 
 
 
 
KEN
DNF
 
 
 
 
USA
DNF
 
 
 
 
KEN
DNS
 
 
 

Intermediate times: 400m Kombich, Ismail Kipngetich (KEN) 54.31
800m Kombich, Ismail Kipngetich (KEN) 1:51.55
1200m Ndiku, Caleb Mwangangi (KEN) 2:50.56

Other action: Full Lausanne Results here The meet was stacked as Usain Bolt, Kirani James, and Yohan Blake all won on the men's side with Aries Merritt getting DQd. On the women's side Pamela Jelimo upset Olympic champion Mariya Savinova in the 800 and Carmelita Jeter edged Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce in the 100m.
*IAAF Lausanne Recap


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