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The First Gold in a Century: Matthew Centrowitz Jr.'s Olympic 1500 Meter Triumph Outside the Rio Spotlight: Outside the Rio Spotlight, #8

49 pages38 minutes


When Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile, the feat made world headlines. When Matthew Centrowitz Jr. became the first American to win a gold in the Olympic 1500 meters, the story was tucked on page seven behind the preseason football scores. Yet Centrowitz's feat, redemption for his fourth place finish in an earlier Games and an upset over the dominant African runners, was all the more remarkable.  This account of his journey to the finals of the 1500 in Rio 2016 covers the evolution of middle distance running, from the rise of the rivals outside of U.S. to the changing strategies of today's runners. What do you do when everyone has a finishing kick? (9000 words)

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