Wightman gets a “whirlwind” win to defeat Ingebrigtsen for the 1500m world title | Report | WCH 22

British Olympic champion, title holder and world champion Jake Whiteman stunned IAAF World Championships in Oregon 22 On Tuesday (19) he ran the race of his life to win the 1500m title.

Having finished for the world-leading PB at 3:29.23, 28-year-old European and Commonwealth bronze medalist Jacob Ingbrigtsen left unanswered as he sprinted straight down the house, his eyes fixed firmly forward. As the finish line approached, the Briton raised his arms at first and then threw his hands over his head in disbelief, Olympic champion Norway Ingbrigtsen followed him home with a time of 3:29:47, and Spain’s Muhammed Kater took the bronze with a time of 3:29.90.

“This is my son,” the voice came over the loudspeaker, as the race was called by stadium announcer Jeff Whitman — the winner’s father and coach, “who is the world champion.”

Jake Whiteman is back in action after leaving after a disappointed 10th place finish at the Tokyo Olympics. He focused on building his strength over the winter, returning to some cross-country racing and doing remote work as he refocused on Oregon.

With his goal of staying under the radar during the rounds, he took his place at the starting line Hayward Field with Ingebrigtsen on his left and Kater on his right. Kenya’s Abel Kipsang, who had the season’s fastest time to run the race, went straight to the front and led off Ingbrigitsen and Kenya defending champion Timothy Cheruiyot, with Whitman sitting behind them. Ingebrigtsen, who broke the 1,500m indoor world record with 3:30.60 in February, moved to the front with two laps remaining, with Kipsang and Cheruiyot on his shoulder and Wightman tracking their every move.

At the bell was Ingbrigtsen of Cheruiyot and Wightman, and Kipsang ran away on his shoulder. Judging by the race to perfection, the Briton first passed Cheruiyot, ahead of Ingebrigtsen with just over 200 metres.

When he left the turn, the expected kick from Ingebrigtsen never came. The Norwegian, shining over his shoulder, looked as if he knew he had been hit and settled for the silver, followed by Caterer and fellow Spaniard Mario Garcia, who had a PB of 3:30.20 for fourth.

Britain’s Josh Kerr National Whitman – bronze medalist in the Olympic 1500m – finished fifth with a time of 3: 30.60, ahead of Cheruiyot (3: 30.69) and Kipsang (3: 31.21).

“It probably won’t sink until I retire,” said Whiteman, who ran a 1:44.18 for the 800m and scored a 3,000m lead 7:37.81 indoors in February. “It’s crazy. I had a disappointing year in Tokyo last year. I don’t think people realize how crushing it was to go with such high expectations and go out hoping to win a medal but end up in 10th place.”

His parents — both former elite marathon runners — were at Hayward Field to see him win, his father on commentary mic and his mother, Susan, in the stands.

“Dad can be a robot on the mic sometimes,” smiled Wightman Jr., whose time in Oregon is the third fastest in world championship history. “Some say robot, some say professional. I hope he broke that day. My mom was crying, so someone was crying.”

Thinking of the race, he added, “The strength for me is that if I can get there with 200 metres, I will always move because that’s what I feel best about running. As soon as I had the opportunity to overtake, I just wanted to lead the turn. The only advantage of having an 800 Good PB meters in races like this are if you’re still there with 200 meters left, which I haven’t been able to achieve in previous years.

“Even when I was going straight home, I felt strong, but Jacob is a beast and I never knew if he would come.”

But he didn’t. Wightman’s last lap was at 54.84, and Ingebrigtsen was 55.24. In Tokyo, the Norwegian recorded 54.42 meters in the 400-meter final.

“I was feeling good, but I couldn’t keep up with Jake for the last 200 metres,” said Ingebrigtsen. “I own it. I am so disappointed that I didn’t win, but I am so happy for him. He is a great runner.”

He will now refocus on the 5,000 metres, which will take place on Thursday.

That was Cater’s 5,000m run at last year’s Olympics, with the 24-year-old finishing eighth, but after setting national records in 1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m and 10km last year, he made the decision to race Luxor in Oregon paid off when he took bronze with his second fastest time ever.

Immediately behind him was U23 silver medalist and NCAA runner-up Garcia, who ran for the University of Mississippi and had the fastest time ever by a college athlete.

Cheruiyot was fairly far from his best this season, and despite showing up in the early stages, he wasn’t as strong at the end and faded from the medal competition.

Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera won the world indoor title ahead of Ingbrigtsen and Kipsang in Belgrade in March, but finished ninth in the semi-finals in Oregon, missing the final.

Jess Whittington World Athletics

Men’s 1500m Medals
Jake Whiteman GBR 3: 29.23 WL
Jacob Ingbrigtsen and La 3: 29.47 SB
Mohamed Kater ISB 3: 29.90 SB
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