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Australian Oliver Hoare has entered home to claim a remarkable victory in the men’s 1500m final at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
- Hoare was sitting in fourth place when the field went straight to the final.
- He won the gold medal by defeating Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya
- Australian sets Games record and personal best to win final
Hoare was fourth straight on top of the final to win in three minutes and 30.12 seconds, lined up to beat 2019 world champion Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya by 0.09.
Defending world champion Jake Wightman of Scotland was third, with the first seven runners breaking the all-game record.
It was a remarkable turnaround for Hoare, who had failed to make the final at the World Championships only two weeks earlier.
Hoare’s victory provided Australia with a winning end to the mixed season at the Alexander Stadium.
Jemima Montag won the gold medal in the women’s 10,000 meters walk in a Games record time of 42:34.30.
The 24-year-old won the 20km title on the Gold Coast four years ago and added the short distance title, opening the Games.
Eleanor Patterson was forced to settle for a shock high jump silver.
A fortnight after winning a thrilling world title in Eugene, Patterson was the red-hot favorite to claim a second Commonwealth title in Birmingham.
She missed 1.95m three times, seven centimeters short of her Australian record-equalling effort in Eugene.
The 26-year-old claimed silver on the countdown with a clearance of 1.92m, while Jamaica’s Lamara Distin claimed the gold.