Jake Wightman wins Britain’s first gold medal at the World Athletics Championships, his father comments.
The Scot clinched the title in three minutes and 29.23 seconds ahead of Ingebrigsten and Spaniard Mohamed Katir.
Wightman, who is part of the Power of 10 athletics organization, became Britain’s first runner to win the 1500m since Steve Cram 39 years ago.
Wightman was cheered on not only by the spectators at the stadium but also by his father Geoff who was commentating at the stadium.
Here’s everything you need to know about Jake Wightman…
Who is Jake Wightman?
Wightman was born in Nottingham, England before moving to Linlithgow, Scotland as a child.
He was European Junior Champion in 2013. Five years later, Wightman set the Scottish record in the 1000 meters with a time of 2 minutes 16.27 seconds.
Now 28, he attended Loughborough University and at the Diamond League 2020 in Monaco, Wightman broke the Scottish 1500m record with a time of 3 minutes 29.47 seconds.
His most recent success at the 2022 World Athletics Championships is his best result to date. Wightman has previously won European and Commonwealth bronzes but only finished tenth at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
At the last IAAF World Championships in 2019, Wightman finished fifth.
Who is Jake Wightman’s father, Geoff?
Geoff is a former marathon runner and now a commentator for sporting events.
He previously ran a marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes at his peak and is now his son’s coach. Wightman Sr. competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and described his son as “meticulous”.
“I’ve followed his races all his life since he started as a little boy in elementary school and won a world title here of all places,” he said.
“The main thing is that the Olympics have been made up for.
“You only get one chance in four years. So I’m very proud, very proud. He puts in a lot of hard work.”
What was said after he won gold?
After his gold win, Jake Wightman told the press, “Dad can be a bit of a robot on the mic at times, some people say robot, some say pro.
“I hope he broke that today. It will be interesting to look back on. My mother was in tears, at least someone was crying.
“I didn’t hear him, hopefully that’s because he was a bit emotional. One of the first things he said was “get ready for commies now”.
“I’m 28 now, I don’t know how many more opportunities I will have to do this and I hope there are many more to come.
“I have to make the best of it. It’s important to reach the milestone in a way that seven, eight year old self never believed.
“There are so many people who have helped me get to this point. My dad trained me since I was 14 or 15. All the club coaches from Edinburgh, Loughborough Uni, British Athletics all played.”
Wightman’s former club, Edinburgh Athletic Club, congratulated his former runner on Facebook, who posted: “Congratulations to Jake Wightman, outstanding performance WORLD CHAMPION 1500m in 3:29.23.
“Well done also to trainer/father Geoff and all the family and support team.
“Edinburgh AC are so proud of you.”