Commonwealth Games 2022: Ollie Hoare wins 1500 meters gold in record time, video

Ollie Hoare has come out of the clouds in the final stages to claim Commonwealth Games gold in the 1500m.

Hoare flashed straight across the field in the house as he stormed past Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot in the last 10 meters to cross the line in a game-record time of 3:30.13 – the Kenyan leading 0.09 of a second.

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The Aussie was chasing Cheruiyot, the Commonwealth Games world champion and defending champion, as they came through the final corner and turned on the throttle at the perfect moment.

“Hoare lifting here, lifting with a big run,” said Bruce McAvaney.

“He’s coming with a great run, the Aussie is an opportunity. Cheruiyot goes up…here comes Ollie Hoare with a flashy flight, I think he’ll get there.’

“Yes!” shouted Tamsyn Lewis-Manou as Hoare crossed the line.

“It is an extraordinary moment in Australian sport. It’s one that we will forever etch in the history books, and how lucky we are to have been here and you saw it,” McAvaney said as Hoare slumped to the floor in disbelief. “The last 100 meters is the stuff of legends.”

“Take off your hat, that was just brilliant and a new Games record,” said Lewis-Manou.

“He just beat a sensational field. He waited for the exit route, got out and that finish was beautiful.”

“He takes two world champions in the home game, it’s just magical. It’s what you dream of,” McAvaney added.

Hoare, 25, spoke of the gold medal moment after completing a victory lap around the stadium.

“That last lap I just wanted to stay relaxed and I knew my time would come. It’s hard to believe when you have guys out there who are absolute class. But I was able to get out and I just had the kicker at the end and it was spectacular,” Hoare said.

Hoare got emotional during the interview as he dedicated the run to his father.

“I would like to dedicate that race to my doll. A lifelong member of the Southern Districts athletic club, he was a World War II veteran Sargaent Fred Hoare.

“He died right after the World Championships and it was a very difficult time for me because I had raced so badly and to hear the news of a man who would have a stopwatch at every race when I was growing up. it was hard not to have him there to watch, but i would like to dedicate that race to my father because he is the reason my family loves this sport and the reason i am here today.

“So Dad, I know you’re watching. I’ll get you a glass of red, mate. That was a good one.”

Australian viewers couldn’t believe what they had just seen with Hoare’s run that we will remember for years and years to come.

Jon Ralph of the Herald Sun wrote: “Here comes Ollie Hoare with a flashy run. Damn hell. A kind of guts to beat two world champions. Just wow.”

Former Boomers coach Brendan Joyce wrote: “Wow Australia, we have a new champion to be proud of! What a run in the 1500! Ollie Hoare, you were incredible!”

ABC journalist Peter Gunders wrote: “Ollie Hoare! What a breed. My heart is pounding, we almost lost our voices cheering, and I think we just woke up the whole street.”

Former AFL star Kane Cornes wrote: “World class running how tough is he. Bruce is a genius.”

Originally published as ‘Stuff of Legends’: Aussie stuns the world with insane run

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