Scottish middle distance runner Jake Wightman has taken down the King of 1500m running, and the Tokyo Olympic 1500m champ, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, to win the world 1500m title in Eugene.

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In a brilliant piece of tactical running, Wightman overtook Ingebrigtsen down the back straight for the last time, taking the inside line, forcing Ingebrigtsen to chop his stride and run wide.  Running scared over the final 200m, there was no catching Wightman, whose Dad was in the stands, absolutely stunned.

The pace was on from the gun with Kenyan Abel Kipsang cooking himself dragging the field through 800m in 1:51. Kipsang faded to finish 7th.

It’s the first world champs 1500m win for a UK athlete since Steve Cram in Helsinki back in 1983.  In one of the Blue Ribbon events of track and field, Wightman’s win will go down in the history books as one of the biggest upsets in decades. Wightman could retire tomorrow and will never be forgotton. We interviewed Wightman in 2021, check it out HERE….

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McSweyn 9th – Looks Towards the Commonwealth Games

Another gutsy run from Australia’s best middle distance runner since Herb Elliott, Stewart McSweyn. Recovering from complications of Covid and a subsequent vaccine, McSweyn isn’t at his best, but still managed 3:33.24 for 9th.  McSweyn hasn’t raced much, and is fresh off a stint of high altitude training. Look for the Mayor of King Island to improve come the Commonwealth Games, where he can potentially get his revenge on Wightman.

1
1890
GBR
3:29.23 WL
2
2190
NOR
3:29.47 SB
3
1769
ESP
3:29.90 SB
4
1765
ESP
3:30.20 PB
5
1876
GBR
3:30.60 SB
6
2083
KEN
3:30.69 SB
7
2091
KEN
3:31.21
8
1800
ETH
3:32.98 SB
9
1543
AUS
3:33.24 SB
10
2227
POL
3:34.58 SB
11
1763
ESP
3:34.71 SB
12
2425
USA
3:35.57
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