Cen­trowitz up­stages Farah

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Amer­i­can Matthew Cen­trowitz, the 1,500 me­tres Olympic cham­pion at the Rio Games, dom­i­nated Bri­tain’s Mo Farah, the undis­puted king of the 5,000 and 10,000 me­tres, at the USATF Dis­tance Clas­sic meet in Los An­ge­les on Thurs­day.

The 27-year-old Cen­trowitz won the 1,500m race in a time of three min­utes, 33.41 sec­onds over Farah, who clocked a 3:34.19s. Amer­i­can Christo­pher O’Hare fin­ished third in 3:34.35s.

De­spite win­ning the mar­quee match-up against his train­ing part­ner Farah, who holds the Olympic and world titles in the 5,000m and 10,000m, Cen­trowitz failed to im­prove on the world’s best per­for­mance of the year which is held by Kenyan Eli­jah Mo­tonei Manan­goi (3:31.90s).

“I am happy with my time,” said Cen­trowitz. “When you have a four-time Olympic cham­pion in front of you, you know it’s go­ing to be tough. It’s the first time I beat him. It is good for the con­fi­dence.”

Cen­trowitz is us­ing the Los An­ge­les race as a tune up for the Pre­fontaine Clas­sic in Eu­gene, Ore­gon which runs from May 2627. AFP

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