American Matthew Centrowitz, the 1,500 meter Olympic champion at the Rio Games, beat Britain’s Mo Farah, the undisputed king of the 5,000 and 10,000 metres, at the USATF Distance Classic meet in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
The 27-year-old clocked 3:33.41 to defeat Frah, 3:34.19 and another American Christopher O’Hare who clocked 3:34.35 to come third. He, however, failed to beat Kenyan, Elijah Motonei Manangoi’s world record of 3:31.90.
Centrowitz is using the Los Angeles race as a tune up for the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon which runs from May 26-27.
Brenda Martinez, the 800-meter world champion in 2013, won her race one minute, 58.78 seconds, the fourth best time of the year.