MOSCOW — Two Duck track and field alums had big days in the IAAF World Tack and Field Championships, both finishing with silver medals representing Team USA. Middle distance runner Matthew Centrowitz competed in the 1,500m, while sprinter English Gardner was part of the women’s 4×100 meter relays.
Centrowitz crossed the finish line with a final time of 3:36.78, just behind first-place finisher and defending world champion Asbel Kiprop. It was a slow start, and Centrowitz started to get stuck in the pack before finally making his move on the last leg.
“I’m sitting on the inside, can’t get out. I’m starting to panic, half focus,” Centrowitz said to the Associated Press. “I figured there would be a gap to open up. Fortunately, there was.”
And his father, Matthew Centrowitz Sr., was there to witness the moment.
“Oh man, I’m really proud,” Centrowitz’s father said moments after the race. “It’s the highlight of his life. A silver medal in worlds? Just incredible.”
As for Gardner, Team USA finished with a time of 42.75 seconds, initially putting the team in third place. However, the French team was later disqualified for passing the baton outside of their designated zone. So… make it two silvers for the Ducks and Americans.