American fans, Centro says he's going for gold.
You can listen/watch our whole 3 plus minute interview with Centrowitz below but the most interesting info came some 1:45 into it when we asked him if he has a different mindset at these championships than in the past where maybe he’d was just running for a medal, not trying for gold.
Centro: “I think a lot of runners and I think I heard Evan Jager mention it - (say) it’s a big difference running for third versus running for first. I feel like the last few championships I’ve just been trying to win a medal. This year the mindset is a lot different going into it. Now that I’ve won two championship medals, I’ve kind of become I don’t want to say the favorite but the talk of guy that could upset Kiprop or a guy that is to be included in the medal (discussion). So there definitely is more pressure and it’s definitely a different mindset.”
When asked if Kiprop was at another level this year than the last two Worlds which he also won, Centrowitz admitted that was the case, but that didn’t intimidate him.
“Yeah, he is (at a higher level) but so am I. The last few championships - Olympics or Worlds - I’ve come in there with a 3:34 seasonal best and I’ve ended with a medal or just outside so coming in with a 3:30, I look at that as a huge accomplishment for myself. If I can get a meal with a 3:34 personal best, what can I do with a 3:30? You know he’s PRd but so have I so i don’t look at it any differently.”
We also have lots of othe post-1500 interviews:
Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat (together with their arms around each other):