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U.S. gold in 1,500m is first in 108 years

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Matthew Centrowitz always believed he could win at the Olympics. The American showed that confidence Saturday as he took the lead in the 1,500-meter race with two laps remaining and held off a late charge from the field to capture gold.

It was the first title in the event for the United States since Mel Sheppard won the metric mile at the 1908 Games. Centrowitz is the first American to win an Olympic track race longer than 400 meters since Dave Wottle's 800 win in 1972.

"Doing my victory lap, I literally kept screaming … 'Are you kidding me?' " Centrowitz said.

The Americans added gold in the men's and women's 1,600 relay, the women's win giving Allyson Felix a women's track record sixth gold.

Britain's Mo Farah became the first man in 40 years to win gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 in two Olympics with his 5,000 win Saturday. Finland's Lasse Viren won both in 1972 and 1976.

American Paul Chelimo got the silver after initially being disqualified for a lane infringement. Canada's Mohammed Ahme was reinstated to fourth after a disqualification, which meant American Bernard Lagat was bumped from the bronze medal back to fifth place.

U.S. gold in 1,500m is first in 108 years 08/20/16 [Last modified: Saturday, August 20, 2016 11:27pm]
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