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USOC names five finalists for top male athlete

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The United States Olympic Committee has announced the five finalists for the top Male Athlete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games in: Carmelo Anthony, Michael Phelps, Connor Fields, Kyle Snyder, and Matthew Centrowitz.

Anthony won a Gold Medal as a member of the men’s basketball team after the team defeated Serbia in the Gold Medal Game on Sunday. He became the first player in men’s American basketball history to play on four separate Olympic teams, winning his third consecutive Gold Medal. After the game, Anthony announced his retirement from international play following the game.

Phelps continued his epic dominance of any and all things swimming at the 2016 Games. He extended his legendary Gold Medal count to 23, the most of any Olympian by more than double of the next closest competitor. In what will also be his final Olympic Games, Phelps has to be the odds on favorite to receive the honor of being named the Games’ top Male Athlete.

Fields won Gold in the BMX individual relay after leading the race from start to finish. After finishing seventh in 2012 in London, Fields was able to capture Olympic Gold for the first time.

Snyder won the Gold Medal for Wrestling at the 97 kg (roughly 213 pounds) weight class, defeating Khetag Gazyumov of Azerbaijan to win.

Centrowitz won Gold in the Track and Field men’s 1500m final. Having already won a Bronze at the 2011 World Championships in the same event, Centrowitz put himself in the conversation early on in the Games.

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