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Jake Wightman Nominated for 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year

World 1500m champion Jake Wightman has been nominated for the 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award which takes place on Wednesday 21 December from 18:45.

The 28-year-old became a world champion for the very first time following a superb display in Oregon in July. His brave tactics saw him dominate the contest and leave the Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR) in his wake as he became Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s newest world champion.

It was the start of a successful summer for Wightman who returned to the track just a couple of weeks later to win 1500m bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

Competing for Scotland, Wightman once again moved to the front of the field with 250m, but a fast-finishing Ollie Hoare (AUS) and Timothy Cheruiyot (KEN) won gold and silver on the final sprint for the line, and Wightman earned the second Commonwealth bronze of his career.

Not content with two major medals in a season, Wightman stepped down to the 800m distance for the European Championships in August, and he came within a few milliseconds of claiming a second title of the year.

Mariano Garcia (ESP) just pipped him to gold in the final, however, Wightman captured the silver medal and completed his summer season with the full set of medals across the three majors of the year.

To add to his medal winning displays, Wightman set personal bests across the following distances: 800m, 1000m, 1500m, mile (track and road) and 3000m.

His 1500m time [3:29.23], set in that World Athletics Championships final, moved him to third on the UK all-time standings behind only Mo Farah and Josh Kerr. Meanwhile, on his way to winning at the Monaco Diamond League, he lowered his 1000m time to 2:13.88 which saw him move up to third on the UK all-time list behind Seb Coe and Steve Cram.

In one of his final races of the season, he also lowered the long-standing Scottish 800m record on his way to a win at the Brussels Diamond League – his third Wanda Diamond League win of the season. His time of 1:43.65 eclipsed Tom McKean’s mark set at Crystal Palace 33 years ago.

Voting opens during the show on Wednesday evening, and full details will be explained then. Wightman lines up against five other contenders; gymnast Jessica Gadirova, footballer Beth Mead, curling’s Eve Muirhead, cricketer Ben Stokes, snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan.


Source: britishathletics.org.uk

Jacob Ingebrigtsen to launch another double attempt in Munich 2022

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen will be heavily involved in the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships, part of the wider multisport European Championships, as he defends the 1500m and 5000m titles he won as a 17-year-old at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships.

The Olympic 1500m champion and world 5000m champion will not, however, face the either of his brothers Filip and Henrik who are both injured nor the Brit who unexpectedly beat him to the world 1500m title in Eugene last month, Jake Wightman.

The latter is concentrating on the 800m in Munich – the event he originally planned to do at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games until he was nudged back to the longer distance because of the number of friends and family who had bought tickets for the final last Saturday when he won bronze in a high quality final in 3:30.53.

With a personal best of 1:44.18 from 2020, Wightman has a realistic chance of adding another European medal to the bronze he won over 1500m in Berlin four years ago – and his victory over 1000m at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Wednesday night in 2:13.88, ninth fastest of all-time, will have done his confidence no harm at all.

France’s Benjamin Robert has the fastest 2022 time of all entrants – the 1:43.75 he clocked in winning at the Paris Diamond League on 18 June in boisterous fashion, squeezing in between the two leaders with enough physicality to be disqualified before being reinstated on appeal. If things get physical in Munich, Robert is unlikely to come off second best.

Tony van Diepen is also well acquainted with the hurly-burly of the track having been a part of the Dutch teams that won 4x400m silver at the Tokyo 2020 Games and mixed 4x400m silver at the World Championships in Oregon.

Individually, van Diepen has won European indoor silver in 2021 and bronze in 2019 over 400m and has a best 800m time of 1:44.14 set this year in Paris after M. Robert had burst past him at the Stade Charlety. Robert’s compatriot Gabriel Tual, seventh in last year’s Olympic final, is third fastest on this year’s European list with 1:44.23, set in – you’ve guessed it – Paris. But the French team will be without the popular Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, the 2017 world champion, due to injury.

Poland’s Patryk Dobek has run 1:44.59 this year and even though he exited in the heats at the World Athletics Championships, he can also draw upon the experience of winning bronze at last year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Other medal prospects include Sweden’s Andreas Kramer (1:44.59), Ireland’s Mark English (1:44.76), fellow Brits Ben Pattison (1:44.60) and Kyle Langford (1:44.61), Spain’s reigning world indoor champion Mariano Garcia (1:45.12) and the very experienced former two-time world medallist Amel Tuka from Bosnia and Herzegovina (1:46.15) whose lifetime best of 1:42.57 dates back to 2015.

Aside from Bosse, another notable absentee will be the three-time reigning champion Adam Kszczot from Poland who retired at the start of the year.

Ingebrigtsen’s path to double gold is clearer although not without challenges

With Wightman elsewhere, Ingebrigtsen will surely feel happier about the prospect of his 1500m defence, but he will still face a field full of Spanish and British medal threats.

Second on this year’s European list with 3:30.20, Spain’s Mario Garcia will be looking to give the Norwegian wonderboy another run for his money after finishing fourth – two places behind Ingebrigtsen – in Oregon.

The Brits dominate the 2022 European list with six athletes in the top nine and despite the absence of Wightman and Olympic bronze medallist Josh Kerr, Jake Heyward (3:31.08), Neil Gourley (3:32.93) and Matt Stonier (3:32.50) form a trio with clear medal-winning ability.

But Ingebrigtsen, who ran 3:29.47 to take world silver, and ran an Olympic and European record of 3:28.32 at the Tokyo 2020 Games, should have enough to cover any challenge in both events.

In the 5000m, it might be the athlete who appears second from last on the entry-list in terms of season’s bests who could provide the biggest challenge to Ingebrigtsen. That athlete is Spain’s Mohammed Katir who won a bronze medal behind Ingebrigtsen in the 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon and will be focusing solely on the longer event in Munich.

Katir, 24, has a modest season’s best of 13:43.61 from the Spanish Championships but he showed what he can do over the longer distance by running a national record of 12:50.79 in Rome last summer in the same race where Ingebrigtsen broke the European record with 12:48.65.

Another strong potential challenger is the experienced Spaniard Adel Mechaal, who was fifth in the Olympic 1500m final last year and set a 5000m personal best of 13:06.02 in Oslo in June. Mechaal didn’t make it through to the final of the World Athletics Championships but that wasn’t too surprising as he had only just recovered from an untimely bout of coronavirus which forced him to miss the 1500m.

In both the 5000m and 10,000m, watch out for Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa, 25, who has been a star performer in numerous European competitions, winning bronze at the 2019 European Cross Country Championships and the European 10,000m Cup in the same year.

Crippa has the fastest time among the entrants based on season’s best performances in the 10,000m with 27:16.18 ahead of another showboating, talented figure in Jimmy Gressier of France – he of the famous faceplant as he won the 2018 European U23 cross country title. This didn’t stop him from walking through the line to win the same title the following year, demonstrating just how much time he had to spare.

There weren’t quite the same histrionics at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Dublin last December but Gressier let his running do the talking and he came away with his first senior medal in a race where Ingebrigtsen ruled triumphant once again.

Gressier will be focusing solely on the 10,000m in Munich and the Frenchman is the second fastest performer this year with 27:24.51 which he set at the European 10,000m Cup on home soil in Pacé in May when he ran away from the field for the individual title.

Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli is another familiar fixture on the European scene who will go for both the 5000m and 10,000m along with Great Britain’s Sam Atkin and Germany’s Mohamed Mohumed, the latter second to Ingebrigtsen on the 5000m season’s list with 13:03.18.

Italy’s middle distance prospects continue through to the 3000m steeplechase in which they field the two fastest entrants on paper in Ahmed Abdelwahed and Osama Zoghlami, who finished sixth and seventh in Rome in 8:10.29 and 8:11.00 respectively.

But they will be wary of the presence of France’s Djilali Bedrani, who finished fourth in the 2018 European Championships and was fifth at the World Athletics Championships the following year.

Bedrani has only run 8:26.18 so far this year but the potential is obvious. He could very possibly keep the title in French hands with four-time champion Mahiedine Mekhissi ruled out of the championships due to injury.

Others to look out for include home runner Frederik Ruppert, who has clocked 8:15.58 this year, Spain’s Daniel Arce, who has a 2022 personal best of 8:14.31 and Bedrani’s compatriot Mehdi Belhadj, who has clocked 8:16.35 this season.

Source: european-athletics.com

Noah Kibet writes history as the youngest ever medallist in Indoor Games

World U20 silver medallist Noah Kibet wrote history as the youngest ever World Indoor Championships medallist in an individual track event.

the 17 year-old gave Kenya her first medal in the 800m race at the ongoing 18th edition of the World Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 that is being held in the Serbian capital’s Stark Arena in Belgrade.

Kibet clocked 1:46.35 to finish in second place behind Spain’s mariano Garcia who gave his country the first gold medal since 1985 when he crossed the line in a time of 1:46.20.

American indoor record in the 1000m race Bryce Hoppel closed the podium three finishes in a time of 1:46.51.

The 2019 European Indoor Champion, Alvero de Arriba from Spain and the 2018 European silver medallist, Andreas Kramer from Sweden finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:46.58 and 1:46.78 respectively.


800M MEN

  1. Mariano Garcia    (SPN) 1:46.20
  2. Noah Kibet           (KEN) 1:46.35
  3. Bryce HJoppel      (USA) 1:46.51
  4. Alvero de Arriba  (SPN) 1:46.58
  5. Andreas Kramer   (SWE) 1:46.78

Noah Kibet gifts kenya its first medal

World U20 silver medallist Noah Kibet, gave kenya her first medal in the 800m race at the ongoing 18th edition of the World Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 that is being held in the Serbian capital’s Stark Arena in Belgrade.

The 17 year-old became the youngest ever medallist at the Indoor games hsitory when he won the silver medal in a time of 1:46.35, behind the eventual winner mariano Garcia from Spain who gave his country the first gold medal since 1985 when he crossed the line in a time of 1:46.20.

American indoor record in the 1000m race Bryce Hoppel closed the podium three finishes in a time of 1:46.51

Collins Kipruto disappoints as Elliot Giles takes overall 800m title in Madrid

Great Britain’s Elliot Giles delivered another master class of 800m running as he bided his time to glide with the overall title at the Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold level meeting that was held on Tuesday (2) in Madrid, Spain.

Giles who has been in great shape in recent times settled in behind the pacemaker and Mariano Garcia in the early stages, and despite the Spaniard moving ahead before the bell. Giles ran a composed last lap to overtake Garcia after the final bend taking his third win in this season’s circuit with a Meeting Record of 1:45.43.

“The plan was to win, nothing but to win. I figured I race these boys all the time. I know how to beat them, and while it didn’t quite happen the way I planned. It was great to get the win,” said Giles.

Garcia was forced to settle in second place with a time of 1:45.82 with Alvaro de Arriba closing the podium three finishes in a time of 1:45.97.

Kenya’s Collins Kipruto who beat Giles at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix, finished a disappointing fifth in a time of 1:46.18.

Michael saruni to battle two world leaders in 800m race in Madrid

African indoor record holder, Michael Saruni will face a fierce battle at the Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold level meeting that will be held on Tuesday (2) in Madrid, Spain.

Saruni’s time of 1:43.98 places him as the fastest indoor 800m ever achieved in the US. This time also made him the second-fastest indoor performer at that time.

The 26 years-old will battle for honors with Spain’s Mariano Garcia chasing his third win in this year’s World Indoor Tour after finishing first in Staten Island with a world leading mark of 1:45.12 and Liévin in 1:46.29 ahead of Elliot Giles from Great Britain.

The 24 year-old will renew his rivalry with Giles, who also won two races in the circuit in Karlsruhe in 1:46.78 and Torun in 1:45.42 and finished second in Birmingham behind Collins Kipruto, who set his indoor life best of 1:45.39 at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix.

Swedish indoor record holder Andreas Kramer, will also be on the start line as carries his lifetime best of 1:45.09 that he set in Torun last year.

Mariano Garcia sets Spanish Record and World-Leading time in 800m Race

Spain’s Mariano Garcia set a world leading time in 800m race at the at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix that was held on Sunday (6) night at the Ocean Breeze Athletics Complex on Staten Island, in New York

The 24 year- also set a Spanish National record as trounced last week’s Millrose Games 800m winner Bryce Hoppel.

Garcia cut the tape in world leading time of 1:45.12 which is also his lifetime best. Hoppel was forced to settle in second place as he narrowly missed his personal best by 0.03, clocking 1:46.08.

Netherlands Tony Van Diepen finished third in a time of 1:46.49.

Britain’s Kyle Langford and Guy Learmonth came home in fourth and fifth place in 1:46.52 and 1:46.90 respectively.


800M MEN   

  1. Mariano Garcia       (SPN) 1:45.12
  2. Bryce Hoppel           (USA) 1:46.08
  3. Tony Van Diepen    (NED) 1:46.49