Australia’s Oliver Hoare storms home to claim a stunning victory in the men’s 1500m final at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
- Hoare sat fourth as the field entered the final straight
- He defeated Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya to win the gold medal
- Australian breaks tournament record and personal best to win final
Hoa was fourth at the top of the final straight but won in 3:30.12, overtaking 2019 World Champion Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya by 0.09.
Reigning World Champion Jake Wightman (Scotland) was third, with the first seven runners all breaking event records.
It was an amazing turnaround for Hoare, who had failed to reach the finals at the World Championships just two weeks earlier.
Hoare’s victory gave Australia victory in a mixed session at Alexander Stadium.
In the women’s 10,000m race walk, Jemima Montag won gold in a new competition record of 42:34.30.
The 24-year-old won the 20km title on the Gold Coast four years ago and added a sprint title to make his competition debut.
Eleanor Patterson was forced to take the silver medal in the shock high jump.
Two weeks after winning the world title in Eugene’s thrilling style, Patterson was a cult favourite, winning his second Commonwealth title in Birmingham.
She failed three times at 1.95 m, which was 7 cm shorter than her Australian record-matching effort at Eugene.
The 26-year-old won silver in countback with a clearance of 1.92m, while Jamaican Ramallah Distin won gold.
Oliver Hoare Wins 1,500m Gold for Australia at Commonwealth Games
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