In the roll call of credentials for the announcers of the 1500m, Ollie Hoare’s CV was the briefest. Two world champions, Olympic silver and bronze medallists, world championship finalists, world indoor medallists. And Ollie.
Australian Ollie Hoare upstaged the best in the world in the most competitive race of the Commonwealth Games to win gold in the 1500m.
It repaired a clumsy day on the track when world champion Eleanor Patterson was upset with herself for missing gold saying “I didn’t turn up”. And sprinter Rohan Browning stumbled and fell at the last baton change for the men’s 4x100m relay heat with the Australian team in second place.
Australia’s Rohan Browning falls over in the heats of the men’s 4x100m relay.Credit:Channel Seven
Hoare surged down the back straight to be shoulder to shoulder with former world champion Timothy Cheruiyot a metre from the line when the Kenyan champion got the staggers. Hoare looked likely to overtake him regardless when Cheruiyot made a certainty of it by wobbling.
Hoare won in 3:30:12 which was a two second PB and a new games record, beating not only the 2017 world silver medallist and 2019 world champion in Cheruiyot, but the new world champion Jake Wightman from Scotland. Wightman won gold at the world championships only a fortnight ago and was running in front of a parochial British crowd.
Hoare had been boxed in on the inside at the bell and looked unlikely to be able to force his way out. With 200 metres to go he had to check his step and give up ground to get out. He pushed wide and then impressively had a huge kick to be able to push home down the straight to overtake Wightman and Cheruiyot.
Ollie Hoare upstaged the best in the world in the most competitive race of the Commonwealth Games to win gold in the 1500m.Credit:
At a games where the quality of the field can be blithely dismissed this was a race of serious standing and a victory that marks Hoare as absolutely among the best in the world. He was frustrated at his recent run in the world championships, and this performance explains why he was so disappointed. He deserves to be among the world’s best.
Earlier, world champion Eleanor Patterson was angry with herself for missing out on gold and finding no consolation in a silver medal saying: “I didn’t turn up and do what I am supposed to do”.
“I am just really frustrated and disappointed. I didn’t really show what I can do at all. I was not jumping how I can and how I usually do and so it is just really frustrating,” she said after clearing only 192cms – 10 cms less than she jumped in the US last month.
“I honestly think there are no excuses, at the end of the day there was worlds (championships) a couple of weeks ago. No matter what I am, world champion, but who cares? I have still got to come out and perform every time and so I am just really frustrated with myself, I didn’t perform.
“I didn’t perform and Lamara (Distin of Jamaica who won gold) was the better athlete on the day so hats off to her, and she deserves that gold because I didn’t turn up and do what I was supposed to do.
Eleanor Patterson was disappointed with her performance, saying “I didn’t show up”. Credit:AP
“I will definitely take this one with a big lesson.”
“I don’t want to take any excuses I hold myself accountable for this. This is on me and there’s no excuses under the sun that can explain why I didn’t show up. I didn’t and that’s frustrating and I need to not do that again.”
Capping a frustrating morning of fumbles on the track, the men’s sprint relay team had a calamitous heat when national star Rohan Browning stumbled and fell on his face when accepting the baton at the last change from Jack Hale with Australia in second position.
“I just tripped over. It’s never happened before. Look, I know these boys have put in so much work for this relay and I take sole responsibility for that. It was one of those freak things and yeah, just gutted by it really,” Browning said.
“The spikes are fantastic. I haven’t had a problem with them … relay’s just a chaotic environment and it’s just gutting.“
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