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High Hopes For U.S. Distance Olympians

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 31, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM UTC
The Olympic Trials champion and two-time Olympian in the 1,500m, Manzano leads the U.S. men in this event. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Men’s 1,500m

(3:35.50 / 3:38.00, Olympic “A” and “B” standards) – Final, Tuesday, August 7
Olympic Record (3:32.07), Noah Ngeny, Kenya, Sydney 2000
World Record (3:26.00), Hicham El Guerrouj, Morocco, 1998
U.S. Record (3:29.30), Bernard Lagat, 2005

Last American gold medal (Mel Sheppard, London 1908)
Last American medal (silver, Jim Ryun, Mexico City 1968)
TOTAL MEDALS = 13 (3 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze)

* Leonel Manzano (Austin, TX), 2012 Olympic Trials champion, two-time Olympic team member
* Matthew Centrowitz (Eugene, OR), 2011 World Championships 1500m bronze medalist
* Andrew Wheating (Eugene, OR), 2008 Olympian 800m

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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