Scotland’s Jake Wightman wins bronze in the men’s 1500m at the Commonwealth Games to end the World Champion’s hopes of a hat-trick of gold medals this summer
- Scotland’s Jake Wightman finished third in the men’s 1500m final in Birmingham
- Wightman missed the opportunity to complete his summer hat-trick of medals
- The World Champion was passed by Australia’s Oliver Hoare on the final lap
- Hoare set a new Commonwealth Games record as he took gold in the event
World Champion Jake Wightman’s hopes of a summer hat-trick of medals was ended after he came third in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Scotland’s Wightman was hoping to win three gold medals this summer and must now focus on the 800m at the European Championships later this month.
He won the World Championships in USA last month after beating Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Spain’s Mohamed Katir.
Scotland’s Jake Wightman finished third to take the bronze medal in the men’s 1500m
Australian Oliver Hoare passed both Wightman and and Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot to win
Wightman couldn’t replicate his title-winning form in Saturday’s race at the Games as he was beaten by Australia’s Oliver Hoare and Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot in three minutes 30.53 seconds.
The Team Scotland athlete made his move in the middle-distance run at the three minute point but couldn’t find a way pas then-leader Cheruiyot who accelerated away.
He was then passed on the last lap by Hoare who pounced at the last minute to overtake both stars to claim gold in 3.30.12, a new Commonwealth Games record.
Wightman took bronze and further increased his country’s medals count with Scotland sitting sixth in the standings and moving onto 37 medals in total.
The Australian gold medalist set a new Commonwealth Games record with a time of 3.30.12
Wightman (blue) made his move in the third minute of the race but couldn’t find a way through
Australia currently have a strong lead in the medals table (146) currently outranking second-placed England by 11 medals (135).
The Games will enter their final two days of sporting action on Sunday as country’s attempt to finish strongly in their bid for medal glory.
Australia will be aiming to complete a second consecutive tournament at the top of the table having previously won the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.
The Commonwealth Games comes to an end on Monday August 8 after starting on July 28.