Aussie wins 1500m men's final ahead of stumbling Kenyan, Kiwi with PB

Source: 1News

New Zealand’s Samuel Tanner recorded a personal best as he finished a respectable fifth in a thrilling Commonwealth Games 1500m final won by Australian Oliver Hoare.

Oliver Hoare won a thrilling 1500m final.

On Saturday (local time), Tanner finished in a time of 3:31.34 in a fast final, smashing his previous best of 3:34.37.

Hoare became the first Australian Commonwealth champion in the blue ribbon event since Herb Elliott in 1958 in Cardiff.

The Australian pipped Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot, who finished in a time of 3:30.21 after stumbling slightly metres from the finish line.

Scottish world champion Jake Wightman claimed the bronze medal in a time of 3:30.53.

Earlier, Kiwi Keeley O’Hagan achieved a new personal best as she finished sixth in the women’s high jump final at the Commonwealth Games.

Keeley O’Hagan will be delighted to have achieved a personal best on the big stage.

O’Hagan cleared 1.81m with her third jump to stay in the final, before making easy work of 1.85m with her first jump at that height.

With a personal best of 1.88m, the 28-year-old initially failed to clear 1.89m with her first two jumps before launching herself over the bar with her third and final jump at the height.

That would be as high as she would go in the final, with three failed attempts at 1.92m.

Jamaica’s Lamara Distin won gold after clearing 1.95m, beating Australian world champion Eleanor Patterson.

Kimberly Williamson, also of Jamaica, claimed bronze while England’s Morgan Lake and Ghana’s Abigail Kwarteng finished fourth and fifth respectively.