Watch: Father commentates as son Jake Wightman clinches Worlds 1500m gold

Great Britain’s Jake Wightman surprised by winning the gold medal in the 1500m race at the 2022 World Athletics Championships on Tuesday. He overtook Olympic champion and hot favorite Jakob Ingebrigtsen on the final lap to claim the top podium finish in the race. His father made the victory even more special by commentating on the race at the stadium. His father Jeff, Jake’s coach, has been stationed at athletics stadiums for decades and long used to call his son’s races and never disclosed the family relationship, according to Reuters.

At the end of Tuesday’s 1,500-meter final, even the hardened old professional allowed himself a brief moment when he announced to the Hayward Field fans: “That’s my son and he’s the world champion,” quickly moving into the final round. Men’s Discus.

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Watch a Whiteman senior comment on his son’s run during an emotional moment at Hayward Field:

“I think it’s the highlight of his heralded career, although he’ll probably say Mo Farah at the 2012 Olympics,” the younger Wightman told Reuters after her stunning, tactical victory over Norwegian favorite Ingebrigtsen.

“He’s called a number of my worst races so I think he should probably celebrate it now. It’s pretty cool for your dad to call races and it’s probably unique in any sport.”

Wightman said the whole thing felt surreal two hours after the victory, thinking someone would catch him directly under the house.

“It’s just disbelief and the moment it sinks in hasn’t happened yet,” he said. “I can’t wait to look at my phone talking to friends, family and all the people who have helped me get here over the years.

“Becoming a world champion is beyond words and what will happen for the rest of my career, I will.”


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