“Any person and every person who wins a race or a competition forgets about his injuries or his pains,” Makhloufi said, “and I forgot about mine.”
Said Manzano, who was separated from gold by one man: “Whether he’s in or out, I’ve still got to race. Of course, if he’s not running, fine. It’s a lot better for everybody else. But if he’s running, not running, I can’t do anything about that.
One of the sport’s most strategic events, Tuesday’s race could’ve unfolded a hundred different ways. For Matthew Centrowitz, a 22-year old runner from Broadneck High, it’s impossible to ignore the obvious one: If the IAAF didn’t reinstate Makhloufi, the race’s winner, one fewer runner would’ve crossed the finish line ahead of Centrowitz, whose 3:35.17 finish was good enough for fourth place, four-hundredths of a second away from a medal.
“You look at it now,” Centrowitz said, “it’s like, one more spot and I would’ve been a medalist. . . . I wasn’t looking at it like that. Whoever’s in the field, I have to compete with.”
Centrowitz won bronze at last year’s world championships and looks to be a threat in the 1,500 for years to come. That was hardly any consolation, though, Tuesday.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m 18 or whatever . . . You want to take advantage of every opportunity,” Centrowitz said.
Also Tuesday night, Sanya Richards-Ross, who won gold in the women’s 400 meters on Sunday, posted the fastest qualifying time in 200 meter semifinals. She won the third and final semifinal heat in 22.30 seconds, just ahead of Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (22.34), the two-time champion in the 100 meters. All three Americans advanced to Wednesday’s final, including Allyson Felix (22.31), the two-time Olympic silver medallist in the event, and Carmelita Jeter (22.39), who won silver in the 100 meter last Saturday.
“It’s going to be tough, but tomorrow I hope to be tougher,” Richards-Ross said.