Jake Wightman: From a running family who dreams of making it to the top

Jake Wightman became shock world champion after winning the 1500m in Eugene on Tuesday.

28 year old stunned Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and here the PA news agency looks at his background.

Early ambitions

He runs for Edinburgh Athletic Club and in 2018 became the first Briton to run under one minute 45 seconds for the 800m and three minutes 35 seconds for the 1500m since Peter Elliott in 1991. Born in Nottingham, Wightman represents Scotland and has always wanted to be an athlete from a young age. “I’ve always said since I was eight that my dream job was to be a professional athlete and I’m lucky enough to be able to fulfill it now,” he told the BBC.

family matter

Mom Susan and dad and trainer Geoff celebrate with their son (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Wightman, who studied retail, marketing and management at Loughborough University, comes from a running family with father and trainer Geoff and mother Susan, both former athletes. He has a twin brother, Sam. Geoff represented England in the marathon at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and finished sixth at the European Championships that same year. Dam Susan represented Team GB at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, finishing 12th in the marathon. His aunt Angela Tooby-Smith also ran the 10,000m.

Biggest win

Wightman’s win at Eugene on Tuesday was the biggest of his career and a significant improvement. He was only tenth at the Olympic Games last year, and fifth at the World Championships in Doha three years ago. His biggest medals before Oregon were bronze in the 1500m at the 2018 European Championships and Commonwealth Games. He finished seventh at the 2016 European Championships, while four years ago he was fourth at the 800m Commonwealth Games.

fast times

Sir Mo Farah is the only Brit to run the 1500m faster than Wightman (Martin Rickett/PA)

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He has run faster than Steve Cram, Steve Ovett and Lord Sebastian Coe in the 1500m. His new personal best and title-winning run of three minutes 29.23 at Eugene is the second fastest 1500m time by a Brit, second only to Sir Mo Farah. He has a personal best indoor time over 1500 m of three minutes and 34.48 seconds.

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