Athletics-Coe praises Wightman’s spectacular victory among his world’s top

Sebastian Coe, head of world athletics and two-time Olympic 1500m champion, said it was wonderful to have a British distance champion at the world championships, especially an athlete he knows very well.

Jake Wightman was the surprise gold medalist over the distances where Coe won Olympic gold twice, edging out Norwegian favorite Jakob Ingebrigtsen in a perfectly timed performance worthy of Coe at his world-dominant best. It was also one of the most memorable and emotional moments of the week, as Jake’s father Geoff was on stadium commentator and announced: “Wow. That’s my son and he’s a world champion” – and Coe then presented the gold medal on the Hayward Field track. . “To have a British athlete holding the title for the first time since 1983 was spectacular,” said Coe, referring to Steve Cram’s success at the first World Championships.

“I know Jake very well. I know his father Geoff and Jan, Jake’s mother, was my eldest daughter’s first PE teacher so I was delighted.” I was also pleased that Europe broke through to middle distances and endurance again – all five of the best Europeans. I think that’s really important where we spread the good news.”

It was the first European top five in a middle or long distance world final since 1983. Sticking to his golden distance, although always considered a stronger force in the 800m, Coe also said the women’s 1,500m race won by a Kenyan Faith Kipyegon, he was “blown away” and that he was particularly impressed by Britain’s Laura Muir’s decision to go. at an early scorching pace and reap the reward of a bronze medal.

In a press conference ahead of Sunday’s final meeting, Coe, as usual, asked how his sport could fill the void left by Usain Bolt’s retirement in 2017. “It’s a necessary debate,” he said. “It’s a bit like talking about Muhammad Ali, when he left the boxing scene, you had a lot of boxers that followed, but nobody was going to be Muhammad Ali again.

“We recognize the unique nature of what Usain Bolt has brought to and contributed to our sport, but as the president of global sport, I’ve got to tell you that I’m actually optimistic about the breadth of talent coming through. get started? We have Mondo Duplantis – he’s a rock star. There are absolutely athletes. Look at the performances we’ve seen in just the last few days – whether it’s Noah Lyles, Erriyon Knighton, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Sydney McLaughlin.

“I’m not saying it’s a void, but it’s inevitable because he was such a unique character, person and talent, but you’ve got a whole bunch of young athletes there.”

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