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Inside Geoff Wightman’s athletics career as son Jake wins world 1500m title

Jake Wightman’s father Geoff is a former marathon runner and has provided commentary in stadiums for years. Jake reached a personal best in his career…

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Jake Wightman’s father Geoff is a former marathon runner and has provided commentary in stadiums for years.

Jake reached a personal best in his career after winning 1500m gold at the World Championships in Oregon.

The win is even more special because his father Geoff provided the commentary in the stadium and announced his son’s win.

As Jake won the coveted world title, social media attention shined on Geoff due to his own achievements and emotional reaction.

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Jake Wightman wins world 1500m title

Jake Wightman reached a major milestone in his athletics career after scooping 1500m gold at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

The 28-year-old middle-distance runner managed to beat the likes of Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen.

Jake is the first Brit to win the world 1500m title since Steve Cram in 1983.

Jake’s title comes after he won bronze at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships in 2018. He finished 10th at the Olympics in 2021.

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Jake Wightman has become the World 1500m champion. Geoff calling his son becoming a World Champion is priceless. Helene, part of our team, filmed Dad. I sat with Mum Susan..then could not wait to give my mate a hug. Beyond proud. @JakeSWightman @WightmanGeoff @SusanWightman6 pic.twitter.com/8I8IT6ntwb— Katharine Merry (@KatharineMerry) July 20, 2022

Inside Geoff Wightman’s athletics career

Jake Wightman comes from a family of professional athletes. His father Geoff and mother Susan are both former distance runners.

Geoff’s personal best result stands at 2:13 and he has competed in the Commonwealth Games and European Championships. He finished sixth at the 1990 European Championships.

Over the last 20 years, the 61-year-old has worked as an announcer, host and commentator at various athletics venues across the globe.

Geoff has put a larger focus on Jake’s athletics career and serves as his personal coach and mentor. He has also coached other athletes, including Stephanie Twell and Harvey Dixon.

Meanwhile, Geoff’s wife Susan is a staple name in the same field and she finished sixth at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.

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Geoff reacts to son’s title

Geoff couldn’t hold his excitement in front of the cameras when his son Jake won the world 1500m title.

He said: “I have got to tell you why the camera is on me. That’s my son. I coach him. And he’s the world champion.”

Geoff continued: “I’ve been doing his school sports day since he was about 11 because my wife’s been his PE teacher.

“We’ve just taken it to a slightly bigger stadia, slightly bigger crowds and slightly bigger medals. But it was surreal watching him win gold. I was thinking: I know that guy. He has a familiar look.”

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