Dozens of Matt Centrowitz fans have written encouraging words after the star runner's fourth-place finish.
Matt Centrowitz was in Tuesday's finals race in the men's 1,500-meter, but he was four hundredths of a second off from third place.
Just before the finals, NBC announcers called Centrowitz "the zen master," of the track, and a master tactician. The 22-year-old, 2007 graduate of Broadneck High School has risen to the international stage over the past year.
A few moments after the race, Centrowitz wrote the following emotional message via Twitter:
"Wow. Definitely a hard one 2 swallow. Did everything I could & just came up short. Been a few years since Ive cried but couldn't help it lol," he wrote.
Here are a few responses written by his fans after his message spread across the Internet:
"Congratulations to Broadneck High grad Matthew Centrowitz on his awesome Olympic performance in the men's 1,500-meter run!" - AACountySchools
"you did great America is proud!" - Eliseo Magallon
"All of Broadneck is proud of you, Matt! We'll be watching you in the Worlds next year in Moscow, then Beijing in 2015. And we're sure we'll see you on the podium in Rio!" -
"We're very proud of Matt's performance and look forward to watching him run on the world stage in the coming years." -
"So proud of him! Tell him all us Marylanders and especially Anne Arundel County people are so amazed by what he has accomplished! He get's the "Pewter" medal in my opinion! :)" - Carrie Miller Hilliard
"You should be VERY PROUD OF yourself....you came in fourth place first time in the Olympics....I think you did WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!" Susan Bennett Buechling
A video of the men's 1,500m finals can be viewed online at NBC's website.