Jake Wightman, Josh Kerr and Jake Heyward all advance to men’s 1,500m final at Tokyo Olympics

Wightman won the first semi-final before Kenya’s Abel Kipsang ran an Olympic record to win the second

Jack Rathborn
Thursday 05 August 2021 17:33
Team GB's Hector Pardoe retires after being elbowed in face

Great Britain’s Jake Wightman, Josh Kerr and Jake Heyward all advanced to the final of the men’s 1,500m at Tokyo 2020.

It is the first time Team GB’s trio have advanced to the men’s 1,500m final since 1984.

Wightman looked excellent to win the first semi-final in 3:33.48 ahead of the USA’s Cole Hocker and gold medal favourite from Kenya Timothy Cheruiyot.

While the second semi-final was won in an Olympic record by Kenya’s Abel Kipsang in 3:31.65, with Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen (3:32.13) second and Kerr third (3:32.18).

While Heyward (3:32.82) claimed a PB after making a late surge to take sixth and qualify as one of the two fastest athletes not inside the top five.

Britain's Jake Wightman crosses the finish line to win in the men's 1500m semi-finals

Defending champion from Rio 2016 Matt Centrowitz exited, finishing ninth, despite a season’s best of 3:33.69.

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