Farah Matches Viren With Double Double/Centrowitz Becomes America’s First 1500 Champion Since London 1908/Team GB Sporting Superpower!


Britain’s Mo Farah runs in the men’s 5000- meter final during athletics competitions at the Summer Olympics inside Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Only Mo Farah and Lasse Viren (1972/1976) have done the 5000/10000 metres double twice.

The first American 1500 metres champion was Melvin Sheppard at the 1908 London Olympics, in an Olympic record 4:03.4, beating Britain’s Harold Wilson. Wilson had broken the World record at the British Olympic Trials in 3:59.8, doing the world’s first sub four-minute metric mile.

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