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Rich Torrellas commented on the post
Matt and Matthew Centrowitz running the 1500 in the Olympics 40 years apart in 2016 and 1976. Great win for Matthew and for USA Track!! Mathew's 50.62 for the last lap has to be the fastest close in Olympic history. Can anyone confirm that??
Teams: St. John's University Track & Field / XC - Men
Rich Torrellas
I cannot imagine the emotion of being the young mans father on that last lap when all hell was breaking loose! And, looking at the photo above, I forgot that young Matthew had made the 2011 World Championships Team that competed in Daegu, South Korea in 2011. If you include other events, you've got a few father/daughters: Micheal Carter and Michelle Carter (silver and gold medals, respectively). And there was a male vaulter who won a bronze medal and whose daughter won silver at the Worlds in 2009. The name escapes me.
Charles Bindert
Great side by side photos! I wonder if there other father and son pairs that have run in the Olympic 1500m. Any historians out there know?
Bill Bakewicz commented on the post
No matter how many times I watch track & field now, I can't get used to field event MEASUREMENTS IN METERS!! It is so much more meaningful in FEET/INCHES. A high jump of 7'10" sounds much more impressive. What do you think? Does anyone in the US actually prefer metrics or at least getting used to it?
Bill Bakewicz
Why not use both? He jumped 2.3876 meters (7' 10"). I too can't get use to it. I'm always converting throws to feet/inches.
Europeans & most international countries uses the metric system. This is what they are use to. No fractions! When I play golf with my Irish/English cousins they add 10 yds give or take to sprinkler head yardage. Get the Track Buddy app which has a metric converter.

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