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“My bottom end speed is usually pretty good, so like 200’s, 300’s, 400’s - they come around pretty quick - but that 800, 1000 kind of rep, that’s my weakness and what I tend to work on a lot.” -Matthew Centrowitz
‘Centro’ doesn’t really need a lead in. His potent finishing kick has already netted the street smart American Olympic Gold in Rio, and two World Championships minor medals; all over 1500m. We took a look over the training that has helped mould this 1500m superstar.
- D.O.B: October 18th, 1989, Beltsville, Maryland, USA.
- Residence: Portland
- Coach: Alberto Salazar
- Height: 1.75m (5 ft 9 in)
- Weight: 60kg (133 lb)
- Olympic 1500m Gold, Rio, 2016.
- World Championship 1500m Silver, Moscow, 2013.
- World Championship 1500m Bronze, Daegu, 2011.
- World Indoor Championship 1500m Gold, Portland, 2016.
- 2011 NCAA 1500m champion.
- 800m: 1:44.62
- 1000m: 2:16.67
- 1500m: 3:30.40
- Mile: 3:50.53
- 3000m: 8:20.09 outdoors - 7:40.74 Indoors
- 5000m: 13:20.06
Salazar & Nike Oregon Project’s Mental Edge
“In my eyes, it’s the best professional training group in the world.” -Matthew Centrowitz
Centro is a core member of Alberto Salazar’s stable and he attributes the group environment to a lot of his success:
“They taught me not just what I am capable of in these workouts physically but also a lot of stuff mentally and psychologically from these guys and I think that’s a bigger piece really than a lot of these workouts and the physical preparation.” -Matthew Centrowitz
Centro’s goes as far as stating that when it comes down to something like an Olympic final, with a bunch of close to equally talented athletes, that it is more a mental thing than physical:
“I think a lot of it is more mental than physical. The best way to work on that for me over the years was just a lot of races - every race from college to post-collegiate was a culmination of all those races that got me to where I was in Rio and I was able to respond to that slow, tactical race, and be able to handle that type of calibre of field.” -Matthew Centrowitz
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