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Olympic Track and Field 2016: Men's 1,500M Medal Winners, Times and Results

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20:  Matthew Centrowitz of the United States reacts after winning gold in the Men's 1500 meter Final on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

After more than a century, the United States returned to the top of the podium in the men's 1,500-meter run Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after Matthew Centrowitz Jr. held off Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria to take gold in the 2016 Olympics. 

Centrowitz led for much of the race, and while Makhloufi's late kick nearly spoiled the moment for Team USA, the 2012 London Olympic gold medalist was unable to complete the comeback.

Here is a look at the full finishing order, with New Zealand's Nicholas Willis slipping into third to secure bronze:

2016 Olympic Men's 1,500-Meter Results
PlaceAthleteCountryTime
GoldMatthew CentrowitzUnited States3:50.00
SilverTaoufik MakhloufiAlgeria3:50.11
BronzeNicholas WillisNew Zealand3:50.24
4Ayanleh SouleimanDjibouti3:50.29
5Abdalaati IguiderMorocco3:50.58
6Asbel KipropKenya3:50.87
7David BustosSpain3:51.06
8Ben BlankenshipUnited States3:51.09
9Ryan GregsonAustralia3:51.39
10Nathan BrannenCanada3:51.45
11Ronald MusagalaUganda3:51.68
12Charlie GriceGreat Britain3:51.73
13Ronald KwemoiKenya3:56.76
Rio2016.com

With the win, Centrowitz became the first American man to win the 1,500-meter competition since Mel Sheppard at the 1908 London Olympics.

According to Nick Zaccardi of NBC Olympic Talk, Centrowitz also broke a long American drought in races exceeding 400 meters at the Summer Games:

Nick Zaccardi @nzaccardi

Matthew Centrowitz is the first American to win an Olympic track race longer than 400m since Dave Wottle's 800m in 1972.

Following the Maryland native's golden moment, RTE Sport tweeted a photo of his celebration:

RTÉ Sport @RTEsport

Matthew Centrowitz has won the men's 1500m https://t.co/YxXUZTqFhy

Makhloufi appeared to be closing the gap down the stretch, but as Chris Chavez of SI.com pointed out, Centrowitz dug deep to deliver a huge split on his final lap:

Chris Chavez @ChrisChavez

Last lap for Matt Centrowitz? 50.62 seconds. #Rio2016

Centrowitz's father, Matt Centrowitz Sr., was a two-time Olympian, but the younger Centrowitz did something the elder never did by taking home an Olympic medal.

Along with Makhloufi winning his third overall medal, Willis medaled for the second time in his Olympic career after taking silver at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Among the notable runners who missed the podium was Morocco's Abdalaati Iguider, who finished fifth after winning bronze in the event in 2012.

American Ben Blankenship came in eighth.

Leonel Manzano took Team USA to the podium in the 1,500-meter men's race for the first time since 1968 when he won silver in 2012, and Centrowitz built on that momentum Saturday.

Based on the recent results, American distance running could well be on the verge of a renaissance.

    

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