The entire field ran together for much of the race. Coming off the final curve, the six auto qualifier spots were up for grabs. Centrowitz was in last place with 100m to go and could not improve his position coming down the homestretch. Kenyans Elijah Manangoi and Asbel Kiprop swept the top two spots in 3:45.93 and 3:45.96.
"Obviously I didn't execute my plan today," Centrowitz said to NBC track side reporter Lewis Johnson after the race. "No one every has a perfect lead-up to any championship. This year was a little tougher than others. It's been a tough year to get through and [this is] a culmination of all those things that have been tough all year . . . tough is the only word that comes to mind. Obviously, there were a lot of expectation this year and I wanted to exceed those, but it's tough to exceed the year I had."
The 27-year-old has struggled with illness and a groin injury this season and nearly did not compete at the USATF Championships. He talked to the media after placing second at USAs to Robby Andrews about his less-than-ideal season:
The two other Americans, Robby Andrews and Johnny Gregorek, successfully advanced to the semi-final. Both will be looking to make their career debut in a global championship final.
Men's 1500m semi-finalists:
|13||Jakub Holuša||Czech Republic||3:42.31Q|
|16||Nick Willis||New Zealand||3:42.75Q|