Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.

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Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.
Matthew Centrowitz Daegu 2011.jpg
Centrowitz at the 2011 World championships Athletics in Daegu.
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 25)
Beltsville, Maryland
Residence Eugene, Oregon
Height 1.75 metres (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 60.3 kilograms (133 lb)
Sport Track
Event(s) 1500 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 meters: 1:45.86[1]
1500 meters: 3:31.09[1]
Mile: 3:50.53[1]
5000 meters: 13:20.06[1]
Updated on 12-07-14.

Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. (born October 18, 1989) is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the 1500m. He became a prominent figure in American running when he won a bronze medal in the 1500 meters at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. Two years later at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, Centrowitz improved on his bronze medal performance with a silver in the same event. He also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 1500 meters and finished 4th.


Centrowitz is the son of two-time Olympian Matt Centrowitz. He grew up in Arnold, Maryland, which is about 24 miles from Baltimore and about 35 miles from Washington, D.C.. His father is the head track coach at American University.[2] He was a track star at Broadneck High School in Arnold. His negative split 8:41.55 win in the 2-mile race at the Nike Outdoor Nationals is considered one of the best races in prep history[3] and was also the best high school time of 2007.[4] His time of 4:08.38 at the Penn Relays in April 2007 established a meet record.[5] He also went on to set the Maryland state record over 1600 meters in 4:04.09 that same year.[6] He also won a gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championships held in São Paulo, Brazil in 2007 in the 1500m run.


Like his father, Centrowitz ran for the University of Oregon. In 2009, Centrowitz's split of 3.59.53 helped break the NCAA 4 x mile record on May 10 with fellow Oregon teammates, Andrew Wheating (3:59.60), Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott (4:05.21), and Galen Rupp (3:58.93), shaving a little more than a second off of the old record with a 16:03.24.[7]

In 2011 Centrowitz won the 1500 metres in the Pac-10and the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship. He'd previously won the 1500 in the Pac-10 three times.

On November 29, 2011, he announced his decision to turn professional, forgoing his participation on the University of Oregon team.[8]


His decision to turn professional resulted in him becoming a Nike sponsored athlete and he joined the Nike Oregon Project, and is still currently coached by Alberto Salazar, marathoning legend. Centrowitz outkicked Bernard Lagat and Leo Manzano at the 2011 USATF Outdoor Championships in the 1500m. His 2011 season is sometimes described as "The Perfect Season", where he won the NCAA Championship and went on to win the national championship in the 1500m. He went on to get a bronze medal in the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in the 1500m behind Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat, both of Kenya.

When 2012 came around, he qualified for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey by getting second in the national indoor 1500m championship, behind Leo Manzano and in front of his teammate, Galen Rupp. He would go on to finish 7th in the World Championship Indoor 1500m final, with a time of 3:47.42. On July 1, 2012, Centrowitz qualified for the United States Olympic team in the 1500 m.[9] He finished in fourth place in the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 1,500 meter race, missing the bronze medal by .04 seconds with a time of 3:35.17 minutes. He won the Fifth Avenue Mile ahead of Bernard Lagat that September.[10]

During the 2013 indoor season, his first race was at the Seattle UW Indoor Preview, where he won the 800m. He was second at the Millrose Games Wanamaker Mile. He was first at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix mile. At the USATF Indoor Championships, he was fourth in the 800m and 8th in the mile. To kick off his outdoor season, he took part in the Penn Relays USA vs. The World, where his team got fourth in the DMR with a time of 9:19.33. He was sixth at the Oxy High Performance meet in the 1500m. He was tenth in the Prefontaine Classic Bowerman Mile, setting a personal best of 3:51.79. He won the USATF Outdoor 1500m championship for the second time this year, which qualified him for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

On August 16, 2013, at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, Centrowitz ran 3:35.95 to place second and automatically qualify for the Finals in the Men's 1500m run, where he won the silver medal with his 3:36.78 performance.

Centrowitz spent the 2014 outdoor season lowering his PRs. At the Diamond League meet in Monaco, he achieved a nearly one second personal in the 1500 meters best by clocking 3:31.09, which ranked seventh in United States history at the time.

On July 12th, 2014, Centrowitz made his seasonal debut in the 800 meters in Glasgow. He finished in 4th place, running a 1:46.12


Centrowitz' sister, Lauren Centrowitz, is also an elite runner. She completed her bachelor's at Stanford University in 2009,[11][12] Master degree from American University in Justice, Law, and Society 2012, then qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2012.[13]

Major competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2007 Pan American Junior Championships São Paulo, Brazil 1st 1500 m 3:56.63
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 3rd 1500 m 3:36.08
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 7th 1500 m 3:47.42
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th 1500 m 3:35.17
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 1500 m 3:36.78


  1. ^ a b c d All-Athletics. "Profile of Matthew Centrowitz". 
  2. ^ Matt Centrowitz. "American University Athletics". Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Running_Shots_22". 1965-05-15. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Usatoday.Com". Usatoday.Com. 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  5. ^ 4:08.38
  6. ^ "Broadneck's Matthew Centrowitz". 2006-06-01. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  7. ^ "Video: Oregon Ducks break men's 4x1-mile record at Hayward Field". The Oregonian. 2009-05-10. 
  8. ^ "Matthew Centrowitz explains his decision to leave Oregon early to turn professional". The Oregonian. 2011-11-29. 
  9. ^ "Former Broadneck star Matthew Centrowitz qualifies for London Olympics". The Baltimore Sun. 2012-07-01. 
  10. ^ Calderwood, Stuart (2012-9-23). [1]. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-01-27.
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ "Untitled Article". Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  13. ^ "USA Track & Field - Status of Entries". Retrieved 2014-06-12. 

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