WATCH: Father breaks down in tears while commentating as son Jake Wightman wins 1500m gold at World Championships

The 28-year-old bagged Britain's first gold in Eugene on Tuesday night.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 21 July 2022 10:56 AM

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In an interesting turn of events, Great Britain's athlete Jake Wightman clinched the country's maiden gold at the World Championships, while his dad Geoff was commentating on his stunning victory. The 28-year-old bagged Britain's first gold in Eugene on Tuesday night, which was announced at Hayward Field by his father and coach Geoff.

Notably, Jake Wightman won in three minutes 29.23 seconds ahead of the Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrightsen and Spain's Mohamed Katir. Wightman became the first Briton to win the 1500m in 39 years, since Steve Cram's victory in 1983.

"I hope he broke tat down today. It will interesting to watch it back. My mother was in tears, at least someone was crying," he said.

Adding further, he claimed that he didn't hear his father as he was a bit emotional. "I am 28 now and I don't know how many more opportunities I will get to do this but I need to make the most of it. It's important to hit the milestone like this, seven, eight-years-old me would never believed," he added.

Jake Wightman, who had entered into the championships ranked second in the world, went for the win with 200m to go. World Athletics then moved the medal ceremony forward to Tuesday evening as the original one clashed with his flight home on Wednesday.

Wightman further claimed that whatever happens in the rest of his career, he will always remain a world champion. Wightman has previously won European and Commonwealth bronze and only came 10th at last year's Olympics in Tokyo.

"The main thing of Tokyo was it was way more disappointing than people realize. I am not a negative person but I felt pretty scarred by it. It was a real disappointing end to something which I thought would be bring great result for me," he said.

Jake Wightman said being congratulated by Cram and Lord Sebastian Coe after the race made his success feel even more special.


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