Hoare pips Cheruiyot to take 1500m gold at Commonwealth Games

Hoare pips Cheruiyot to take 1500m gold at Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games - Athletics - Men's 1500m - Final - Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, Britain - August 6, 2022 Australia's Oliver Hoare crosses the line to win the final as Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot places second REUTERS/John Sibley

  • Cheruiyot thus took silver just as he did four years ago in Gold Coast as Scotland's newly minted world champion Jake Wightman was denied a golden double
  • After Wightman's stunning victory at the worlds a little over two weeks ago in Eugene, Oregon, a capacity crowd packed into a sun-kissed Alexander Stadium with hopes of watching the Scotsman do it again

Australia's Oliver Hoare used a devastating late kick to claim a surprise win in the Commonwealth Games men's 1,500m on Saturday to deny Timothy Cheruiyot at the line.

Cheruiyot thus took silver just as he did four years ago in Gold Coast as Scotland's newly minted world champion Jake Wightman was denied a golden double.

After Wightman's stunning victory at the worlds a little over two weeks ago in Eugene, Oregon, a capacity crowd packed into a sun-kissed Alexander Stadium with hopes of watching the Scotsman do it again.

But the roars were not enough to lift Wightman to the top of the podium as Hoare timed his move to perfection down the home stretch, coming from fourth to pip Kenya's Cheruiyot at the line for gold.

Hoare finished in a Games record time of three minutes, 30.12 seconds with Cheruiyot just 0.09 seconds back to take silver and Wightman settling for bronze.

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