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Matthew Centrowitz Jr. qualifies for Olympics with second-place finish in 1,500 meters at U.S. track trials

Cole Hocker celebrates after winning the final in the men's 1,500-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Eugene, Oregon.
Cole Hocker celebrates after winning the final in the men's 1,500-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Eugene, Oregon. (Ashley Landis/AP)

EUGENE, ORE. — Matthew Centrowitz Jr., the 1,500-meter Olympic champion 2016, is headed back to the games this summer.

Centrowitz, a Broadneck alumnus from Arnold, was caught late in the U.S. track and field trials race early Monday morning by Oregon freshman Cole Hocker, who won the race in a personal-best 3 minutes, 35.28 seconds.

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Centrowitz finished second in 3:35.34 and made his third Olympic team. He won gold at the 2016 Brazil Games.

Hocker poured on the speed down the stretch, catching Centrowitz, an Oregon alumnus, as the crowd at Hayward Field wildly cheered. Yared Nuguse also made the Olympic team, finishing third in 3:36.19.

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Vincent Ciattei, a Perry Hall and Virginia Tech alumnus who’s a member of the Nike and Oregon Track Club Elite, finished 10th.

Hocker missed out on the Olympic standard by 0.28 of a second, so now he’ll wait for a ruling on whether he can compete at the Tokyo Games this summer.

He also won the NCAA title in the event just some two weeks ago, besting Notre Dame’s Nuguse, the defending champion.

Cole Hocker won the race in a personal-best 3 minutes, 35.28 seconds. Centrowitz finished in 3:35.34.
Cole Hocker won the race in a personal-best 3 minutes, 35.28 seconds. Centrowitz finished in 3:35.34. (Chris Carlson/AP)

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