Australia’s Ollie Hoare achieved one of the most memorable results to become our first middle distance winner since Herb Elliott won the 1958 Cardiff Games.
Australia’s Ollie Hoare has won an incredible 1500m final and joined the great Herb Elliott in the history books with an exceptional win in the last step.
Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot appeared to have the gold medal in his care, but Hoare closed in and put the bobsleigh on the line to claim the win by just 0.09s.
The US-based 25-year-old is only the second Australian to win the event and joins Elliott to win the historic middle-distance event. (Elliott won the mile at the 1958 Cardiff Games).
Hoare won the biggest race of his career in a Commonwealth Games record of 3 minutes 30.12 seconds with 2019 world champion Cheruiyot second in 3:30.21, with new world champion Jake Wightman third (3:30.53 seconds).
He slumped onto the track immediately after crossing the line as he tried to make sense of one of the best performances seen at Alexander Stadium this week.
Hoare arrived in Birmingham after an unexpected meltdown at last month’s World Championships in Eugene, where he failed poorly in the semifinals.
Showing brilliant tactical running, he sat hidden in fourth place until new World Champion Jake Wightman made a move with 250m to go.
The pace played into his hands and he then unleashed a sustained run down the straight to claim an emotional victory.
Cheruiyot had been in the lead for most of the race and appeared to have kicked free but staggered late when he sensed the Australians closing in.
He looked around and panicked a yard from the line as Hoare struck.
Watching from the stands was one of the greatest 1500m sprinters in history, World Athletics boss Seb Coe, who afterwards praised Hoare:
“It was a sensational run,” said Coe. “The golden rule is to keep in touch (with the executives) and then you’ll be able to capitalize on when things go wrong for others
“He stayed calm on the last lap and absolutely capitalized.”
The Australian 1500m champion had come to Eugene with high expectations, but it was all dashed with a disastrous performance in the semifinals.
“Mentally cooked,” said Hoare about the World Cup. “That was a big mental blow for me, I think it was my first terrible race in about two years.”
Two weeks later he turned everything around and won the Commonwealth title in a race to the death.
NANA’S BRACELET SAVED FOR SPECIAL VICTORY
By Jaquelin Magnay
Australia’s leading walker Jemima Montag successfully defended her title at the Commonwealth Games, winning the edition in Birmingham with a superb record time of 42:34:30. She crossed the finish line and kissed her bracelet.
Montage was miles ahead of Indian champion Priyanka and Kenya’s Emily Wamusyi Ngii, who won the minor medals. Other Australians, Rebecca Henderson was fourth and Katie Hayward seventh.
Whenever things get tough for Montag, a 24-year-old from Brighton, Victoria, she looks down at her wrist. Because her bracelet is a very special pendant of her beloved late grandmother Judith, a Holocaust survivor from Auschwitz.
Montags Nana died shortly before the Tokyo Olympics, and it is only since her death that the family has revealed the traumatic Holocaust experiences.
Her grandmother’s special gold necklace was given to Montag, and she and her two sisters decided to make bracelets as important keepsakes for each other.
Monday’s sunny nature is born of this resilience. She finished fourth at the last World Championships and defended her win on Saturday that confirmed her win at the 2018 Gold Coast Games, even improving her personal best by several seconds and setting a new games record.
“Like the last Commonwealth Games, I was swept up in the crowd, it was amazing,” she said.
“I wanted to take this opportunity and enjoy the crowd, you don’t often hear 20,000 people, so I enjoyed it.
“It’s a different beast on the track, it’s an extra challenge to go ten seconds faster per kilometer.”
Montag said the judges warned her “not necessarily to burst at the start” as it drew her attention.
“You’re wondering if you’re breaking the rules,” she said, explaining a conservative start for the first few laps.
Originally published as Commonwealth Games 2022: Ollie Hoare becomes first middle distance winner since Herb Elliott
https://www.codesports.com.au/commonwealth-games/commonwealth-games-2022-ollie-hoare-becomes-first-middle-distance-winner-since-herb-elliott/news-story/031579648ca0031384df1014454ef848?nk=734d23766fb540871faedef7e1ed135c-1659795316 Commonwealth Games 2022: 1500m winner Ollie Hoare becomes first middle distance winner since Herb Elliott