Jake Wightman in a confident mood as he attempts to improve on the world title


Scotsman Jake Wightman admits his confidence is sky high as he chases a golden set of three.

The 28-year-old, who won the 1500m at the World Championships in Eugene Schock last month, sauntered through his run at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

Wightman won at Alexander Stadium in three minutes and 48.34 seconds and easily reached Saturday’s final.

Scotland’s Jake Wightman (second left) in action during heat two of the men’s 1500 meters round one at Alexander Stadium (Martin Rickett/PA)

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It’s the next step in his quest to add the 1500m Commonwealth title and 800m crown to his world gold at next month’s European Championships.

It was also the first time he was announced as a world champion by stadium commentator, father and coach Geoff since winning in July in Oregon.

He said: “It was special, it was a confidence boost when you were announced like that. That’s the best thing I’ve internalized, because that’s what I’ve been waiting for, to be announced as world champion and to say, “Yes, I actually did that”.

“It was nice walking around beforehand when a lot of people came up to me and said ‘well done’.

This is what I’ve been waiting for, to be announced as world champion and to say, “Yes, I actually did.”

Jake Wightman

“I still have less cheering than England’s Matt Stonier but I think there are more English fans than Scottish fans.”

Speaking of the race, he said: “I felt like I should dictate it at some point and I was surprised that we went so slow in the second heat as there are people who should pass as the fastest losers who don’t create.

“Sometimes it’s hard to motivate yourself as there’s a lot more to lose than to win, so it’s good to go out there, feel good and qualify comfortably.”

Team-mate Josh Kerr, who won last year’s Olympic bronze, qualified in three minutes and 37.84 seconds, while Scotland’s Neil Gourley progressed and England duo Elliot Giles and Stonier also progressed.

Zharnel Hughes ran 20.30 seconds to win his 200-meter dash (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Elaine Thompson-Herah, who won Wednesday’s 100m title, reached the 200m semifinals in 22.80 seconds. Scotland’s Beth Dobbin also qualified for Friday’s semifinals in 23.10 seconds.

European champion Zharnel Hughes ran 20.30 seconds to win his 200m run while Adam Gemili won his run in 20.92 seconds.

Gemili, who split just days before the games from coach Rana Reider, who is under investigation over multiple sexual misconduct allegations, is looking to move on after a disappointing World Cup where he failed to progress in the 200m heats.

He said: “I got past Oregon, you can’t hold on to those things, it was a disappointing performance but you have to look further ahead and that was always in the back of your mind to get any redemption.

Adam Gemili looks to put a disappointing World Cup behind him (Martin Rickett/PA)

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“It was an early start so I wanted to use as little energy as possible. The noise was ridiculous. It’s absolutely comparable to how I felt in London 2012, it was breathtaking.

“We need to host more events in the UK, you can see there’s absolutely a market for athletics.”

Lawrence Okoye took silver in the discus final with a throw of 64.99m while Matthew Denny of Australia took the win.

England’s Andrew Pozzi took bronze but Jamaica’s Rasheed Broadbell won the 110m hurdles in 13.08 seconds on Thursday night. Jake Wightman in a confident mood as he attempts to improve on the world title

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