Matthew Centrowitz, first gold medalist in the 1500-meters for the United States in over 100 years. The Maryland runner earned a historic victory tonight in Rio, four years after he narrowly missed medaling in London.
The 26-year-old Centrowitz ran a 3:50.00, edging out Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi by .11 seconds to win gold. Before Centrowicz, the last U.S athlete to win an Olympic 1500-meter gold medal was Mel Sheppard in 1908.
"My goal was just to get on the podium," Centrowitz told NBC. "I didn't ever dream of actually winning."
Another U.S. olympian, pole vaulter Sandi Morris, captured footage of Centrowitz's friends and family celebrating his historic victory.
Centrowitz is the son of two-time Olympian Matt Centrowitz. Like his dad, he ran track at the University of Oregon. He previously won gold in the 1500-meters at the World Indoor Championships in Portland back in March.
Since Centrowitz is the first U.S. 1500-meter gold medalist since 1908, several people on Twitter pointed out that the Chicago Cubs' infamous title drought also stems back that far. That led to the Cubs shouting out Centrowitz on Twitter.
So congratulations to Matthew Centrowitz, first gold medalist in the 1500-meter in more than 100 years, who capped off a banner night on the track for the United States. Both the men's and women's 4x400 relay teams won gold. For the women, it was the sixth-straight gold medal in the event.
Allyson Felix added to her record gold medal tally, winning the sixth of her career as she helped the women's 4x400 to victory.
Heading into tomorrow's final day, the U.S. has over 100 medals, easily the highest total of the games. They'll get a chance to add to that total on Sunday, most notably when the men's basketball team takes on Serbia at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN.