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London Calling: 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials–Second Half Preview

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 27, 2012
  • Updated Jun. 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM UTC
Reigning national champion Matt Centrowitz will be looking to make his first Olympic team. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Men’s 1,500m

Qualifying: Thursday, June 28 — 4:20 PM

Semifinal: Friday, June 29 — 4:25 PM

Final: Sunday, July 1 — 4:37 PM

The 1,500m is always full of surprises and none were bigger than when 21-year-old Matt Centrowitz found his way onto the medal stand at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, last summer when he captured bronze. Centrowitz enters the event as the pre-trials favorite, while experienced Olympian Leo Manzano, the runner-up at the 2008 trials, will be looking to dethrone the young gun from the University of Oregon. Also worth watching will be David Torrence, who trains with Manzano and is a three-time national road mile champion, along with newly minted pro Robby Andrews, the Oregon Track Club’s Russell Brown and Andrew Wheating, a 3:31 guy and 2008 Olympian in the 800 meters.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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