Jake Wightman holds off Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen

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Jake Wightman holds off Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen

Jake Wightman was the British’s first man to win the 1500m world title after Steve Cram in 1983.

Geoff’s father commented on the race inside the stadium. The penultimate lap saw the pace slow marginally.

Jake Wightman holds off Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen

Olympic champion Jakob Ingebritsen had set the pace but Wightman, who had a disappointing 10th in Tokyo and had aspirations to win a medal, passed Wightman halfway through the final lap and jumped clear on the home straight.

It looked for a moment that the Norwegian might reel him in, but Wightman was fast enough to keep him away as Spain’s Mohamed Katir took the podium.

The father of Wightman’s said on the sound system in the venue: “That’s my son and he’s world champion,” while his offspring, who was wide-eyed, was stunned by his surprise victory.

“I had such a disappointing year in Tokyo last year,” he admitted after winning gold. “I simply knew that I needed to let the pressure go. I was trying to save my life on the final stretch. Jakob’s performance was so impressive that I was sure he’d run by at some point, however at the very least, I’d tried the idea a shot.

“The closer I came towards the finish line, the more likely it seemed like this was going to occur. I’ve put in so much to this stage. My mum is crying and probably will continue to be for a week. I’m shocked that I’m a world champion. It’s unbelievable.”

Josh Kerr, who had received a gold medal after Ingebrigtsen in the Olympics was forced to stick with fifth place in the race to win the medals with the season’s highest time of 3:30.60.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed to not come away with a medal but Jake Wightman is a true champion and I’m really proud of what he achieved today,” Kerr said. Kerr. “I am sure he’s worked hard to win this medal, and it’s a huge accomplishment for him. It was the norm for his life.

“It was a world record at the start of the 400m. Perhaps I wasn’t physically capable enough to take it to the front, but I won’t be disappointed since I did all I had today.”

World champion Dina Asher-Smith ran an all-time best of 21.96seconds in order to be qualifying for the finals of 200 metres in a blanket final in a tense semi-final along with Olympic winner Elaine Thompson Herah.

World champion Dina Asher-Smith ran an all-time best of 21.96seconds in order to be qualifying for the finals of 200 metres in a blanket final in a tense semi-final along with Olympic winner Elaine Thompson Herah.

Asher-Smith was one of five women who fell below 22 seconds, was fourth fastest finisher in the Silver medalist at 100m Shericka Jackson was the fastest with 21.67. 21.67.

And Asher-Smith, who struggled to finish the 100m in fourth place, commented: “I am really happy with my performance. I knew that I would be in the top three places for each of these three semi-finalswas going to be very competitive, the track is large and the standard is very high.

“We knew that we had to perform this race very well and I was very pleased to be second. I didn’t know for sure which was the first or third , so I was waiting. I’m grateful for having the day off so I can take a break, rest and focus before getting prepared to go but a little quicker.”

The British teammates Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Joe Ferguson, however, were unable to reach the finals after finishing seventh and fourth respectively in their semi-finals.

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