Stockholm 1000m Preview - London Revisited for Centro
Last summer at the World Championships, Centro came off the final turn in 5th place and kicked to a bronze medal finish.
2012 - 5th place, no medal
However, a man must move on from past defeats. Even it it's not the Olympics, there are plenty of races ahead for Centro. Like, for example, the Millrose Games.
All info via all-athletics.com
Matt Centrowitz, USA
|1500m ind.||3:40.27||Glasgow (GBR)||26.01.2013|
|Mile ind.||3:51.34||New York (USA)||16.02.2013|
With the drop down in distance, it's interesting to note Centro's 800m marks. He opened this indoor season with a 1:51.60 at the UW Indoor Preview and has a best of 1:47.72 from last year. Nothing too blazing compared to some other American milers.
While he's never looked too speedy at 800m, you can expect something special in this 1000m. He looked like the calm and collected Centro that we all know when he split 1:53.23 at the halfway mark in the Millrose Mile, which was not too far off an all-out effort a month ago.
To break the American record, he'll need to pass 800m around a reasonable 1:50. No one is really talking about it, but it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for it to happen.
|1500m ind.||3:37.45||Birmingham (GBR)||16.02.2013|
Iguider took the win in Val-de-Reuil (3:38.24) and four days later, won in Birmingham. He has an indoor personal best in the 1000m of 2:19.33 from 2005.
Ayanleh Souleiman, DJI
|1500m ind.||3:36.13||Düsseldorf (GER)||08.02.2013|
|3000m ind.||7:39.81||Gent (BEL)||10.02.2013|
Djibouti's 3:30 1500m youngster won in Dusseldorf, but took third in the Ghent 3000m. No 1000m PR is listed, but he did run a national record of 1:47.45 in the 800m last year.
Andrew Osagie, GBR
|600m ind.||1:16.45||Glasgow (GBR)||26.01.2013|
|800m ind.||1:46.97||Birmingham (GBR)||16.02.2013|
Osagie didn't look too quick in the Birmingham 800m, but maybe a small move up in distance will make him more of a factor in Stockholm.
1000m personal best - 2:18.56 (Birmingham, 2011)
Marcin Lewandowski, POL
|800m ind.||1:48.30||Düsseldorf (GER)||08.02.2013|
|1500m ind.||3:38.34||Birmingham (GBR)||16.02.2013|
Lewandowski is slowly making the transition from the 800m to 1500m, so the only distance that lies right in the middle (other than the DMR's 1200m) could be perfect for the 2010 European 800m champion.
Although he ran 2:19.21 in Stockholm last year, his 1000m personal best is 2:15.76 (2011).
Bethwell Birgen, KEN
|1500m ind.||3:35.25||Moskva (RUS)||03.02.2013|
He's run four 1500m races this indoor season - 3:38.37 (first), 3:35.25 (first), 3:36.61 (second), and 3:37.57 (second). Two years ago, Birgen ran 2:19.03 in Stockholm, which was good for third place.
Mukhtar Mohammed, GBR
|800m ind.||1:46.58||Birmingham (GBR)||16.02.2013|
Mohammed may have been overlooked in Birmingham due to fellow compatriots Osagie and Rimmer, but he's be a dark horse in Stockholm. In one week, he's run two 800m races - 1:49.84 (second) and 1:46.58 (third).
He looked pretty solid in the final stages in Birmingham before everyone started to go down.
Below is the rest of the field for the 1000m at the XL-Galan:
Lofti Chebli ALG, Hässelby SK
Similar to his teammate Galen Rupp, Centro is more concerned with racing than records. Even if it's not a pre-race thought, does Centro have the American 1000m record in him? If the pacing is spot on, then it could easily go down.
But also like Rupp, he'll have his work cut out for him in Stockholm.
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