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Walker's Pace: Centrowitz Misses Olympic Medal by .04

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Oregon alum Matthew Centrowitz finished fourth in the men's 1,500 meters, missing a medal by .04, Tuesday at the London Olympics.

Centrowitz moved well throughout the race, and crossed the line in 3:35.17, just a hair behind Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco, who ran 3:35.13 to claim the bronze medal.

"Coming in here, I wanted to make moves that put me in medal position," said Centrowitz. "I did all I could. I was so close to that medal."

Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria won in 3:34.08, with Leo Manzano of the U.S.A. getting the silver medal in 3:34.79.

Despite just missing a medal, Centrowitz, the 2011 NCAA Champion for Oregon, was part of a 2-4 finish that was the best Olympic showing for the Americans in generations. The last time a pair of U.S. men finished in the top four of the Olympic 1,500 meters was the 1936 Berlin Games (Glenn Cunningham, 2nd; Archie San Romani, 4th).

It was also the best ever showing by a Duck in the Olympic men's 1,500 meters, bettering Dyrol Burleson's fifth-place finish in 1964.

Also Tuesday, UO alum Rachel Yurkovich threw 190-0/57.92m in qualifying round of the women's javelin and did not advance to the final.

"This has been one of my better meets of the year, so I can't complain," said the two-time NCAA javelin champion (2008-09). "I'm happy with how today went."

Wednesday is a big day for Oregon alumni.

World record-holder Ashton Eaton begins his first Olympic Games decathlon, while 10,000 meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp runs in the opening rounds of the men's 5,000 meters.

Wednesday is also the qualifying rounds of the men's javelin for Cyrus Hostetler and the semifinals of the women's 1,500 meters for Australia's Zoe Buckman.

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