These Olympic games have turned into a memorable one for American distance running. From the 800m middle distance event, to the grueling marathon, its all come together at the right time. Lets take a look back at the medals and records that have come from this amazing group of athletes.


Clayton Murphy turned in a stellar performance in the men's 800m final on Wednesday night, as the former University of Akron runner stunned the field by winning bronze. He became the first American to medal since Johnny Gray's bronze medal in 1992. His time of 1:42.93 was a personal best and was the third-fastest time by an American ever.

At only 21-years-old the young star has a bright future ahead of him and could very well be back on the podium in 2020. It will be interesting to see what he can do next year, as the 2017 World Championships will be contested in London. His incredible rise to the top has been truly remarkable.


Matthew Centrowitz provided one of the biggest moments in U.S. distance running in a long time. His 1500m victory was the first time since 1908 that an American has won the event. It was a tactical race, but he was able to hold off the world's best in a thrilling moment for track fans everywhere. This was perhaps the biggest moment for Team USA on the track.

In the women's race Jenny Simpson claimed the bronze medal, which gave the U.S.

their first medal in the event. Shannon Rowbury also turned in a solid performance with a fourth place finish. It was a fantastic result for an American middle distance scene that continues to rise.

3000m steeplechase

Evan Jager was able to make history much like the others already mentioned. The former University of Wisconsin runner came away with the silver medal with a gutsy performance.

His medal is the first time an American has been on the podium since 1984 in the steeplechase.

Emma Coburn became the first American woman to medal in the women's event, as she ran her way to a bronze medal. She also set a new American record with a time of 9:07.63. At just 25-years-old Coburn represents a bright future for American distance running.


The men's 5000m race on Saturday night produced some drama, with Kevin Chelimo initially being disqualified for stepping on the inside of the track. A closer look revealed that the ruling was a bit harsh, and as a result was reinstated as the silver medal winner.It was a fantastic performance for Chelimo. Not many people would have guessed he would be right up there with the likes of Mo Farah in the final 100 meters. The U.S. Army runner is only 25-years-old and appears to have a bright future ahead.

Bernard Lagat ran a terrific race as well in his final Olympics. The veteran finished in sixth place with another noteworthy performance. He has inspired a generation of runners and will undoubtedly go down as one of the greats.


Despite not winning any medals in the event, this race wasn't a complete disappointment for the Americans, asMolly Huddle set a new American record in the women's race with a time of 30:13.17. Her sixth place finish was a solid result in a race that saw the world record fall.


Galen Rupp highlighted the U.S. performance in the marathon with a bronze medal in Sunday's final athletics event. The Oregon Project runner became the first American to medal since Meb Keflezighi took silver in 2004. Jared Ward turned in the performance of his life to finish in sixth place to claim a top 10 finish.

It was the best team performance for the U.S. in the women's marathon with three runners finishing in the top 10.

Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden, and Amy Cragg all had terrific performances to record a historic finish for their country. No other country had three runners in the top 20.

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