Stuart Weir wrote this piece on Scottish athlete Jake Wightman, who took gold in 1,500 meters in Eugene, bronze at 1,500 meters in Birmingham and silver at 800 meters in Munich. A most wonderful journey for Jake!
Full set of medals for Jake Wightman
Jake Wightman joined Laura Muir in an unique Scottish membership by successful medals in any respect three championships this summer time.
His report was:
19 July World Championship 1500m 1st 3:29.23
6 August Commonwealth Video games 1500m third 3:30.53
21 August European Championship 800m 2nd 1:44.91
But the achievement was tinged with disappointment: “I actually needed to win it, so my preliminary thought are that I didn’t fairly get the gold. I gave it a superb go. However in the event you had mentioned initially of an extended season that I might come away with silver right here on the highest of two different medals, I might have taken it.
I got here into this actually wanting so as to add to my world 1500m title simply because I really feel like that might’ve been a good way to finish the season. I felt in form to do it, and I received very shut, however I’ve received gold, a silver, and a bronze on the season, so no less than I’ve received a full set.
“I’m happy with that as a result of I may simply have gotten the gold in Eugene and nothing on the again of it. I’ll have fond reminiscences and doubtless neglect how powerful it has been to return again every time and re-motivate.
With regard to his ways, he defined: “I felt that I used to be robust sufficient within the remaining straight, so I needed to place myself in a greater place than within the earlier rounds and get into the lead early on, however Mariano [Garcia] was so robust that I couldn’t fairly get previous him. It’s irritating if you by no means fairly attain him and get previous as a result of if I had, I might have had a superb likelihood of successful”.
Having medaled at 800 and 1500 this summer time made him eager to attempt to double up: “I haven’t appeared on the schedule for Budapest, but when the 15 is earlier than the 8, then I might like to double up. As a result of I’ve a wild card for the Worlds, I can do 800 at UK trials.
“A whole lot of my coaching compliments each my 1500m and 800m. I’ve all the time taken satisfaction in how good my 800s may be, and that’s why I’ve come into champs like this, feeling like I may be aggressive. I believed I may win that race, and to return away with silver continues to be a pleasant finish to the season. I’d have liked it to be gold, however in the event you’d have instructed me that is what my season would’ve ended with, an 800m silver, I’d be very happy with it”. Don’t be misled by his “finish of season” remark as he nonetheless has just a few races to do.
Lastly, I requested him to evaluate the yr by Scottish eyes as there had been 16 medals for Scotland throughout the three championships. “I believe it’s anticipated from the years we now have had beforehand. We had proven that there was potential for having Scottish vests on the rostrum at Commies, which we did – Eilish, Laura, Jemma, Josh, Neil Butchie [Andrew Butchart]. We’ve proven that we will come and get medals and that’s not the tip of it”.