Jake Wightman speaks to Sky Sports News after his shock 1500m win in the World Athletic Championships ( Source :
Geoff Wightman is the proud father of Jake Wightman, the middle-distance runner from Nottingham, England.
Jake’s father, Geoff, is a sports commentator who used to be a marathon runner. He used to run a marathon in 2 hours and 13 minutes and is now his son’s coach.
Wightman Sr competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, and his son has been described as “meticulous.”
Jake’s mother, Susan, is a former long-distance runner from the United Kingdom. In the 10,000 meters, she finished sixth for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in 1986.
Susan set a personal best of 2:31:33 when she finished 12th in the marathon at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. In the 1988 Great North Run, she ran 69:46 to finish second behind Greta Waitz, becoming the first British woman to run a sub-70-minute half-marathon.
Is Jake Wightman Born To Scottish Dad? His Parents
Jake Wightman was born to Geoff and Susan Tooby, but we are not sure if his father is Scottish or not.
Both his parents are former athletes, with Geoff competing in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships and Susan representing Team GB in the same event at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
When Geoff began commentating on his 10-year-old son’s school sports days, he had no idea where the journey would take them both.
“That’s my son, and he’s a world champion!” exclaimed Geoff. The emotionally proud father stated that he had been preparing his son for this moment. ‘Because my wife is his PE teacher, I’ve been doing his school sports day since he was about 11 years old,’ he explained.
Jake Wightman of Great Britain wins 1500m gold, and his father was the in house commentator who called it!
This is their first time seeing each other after the momentous moment 👏🥇@TeamGB @WorldAthletics #WorldAthleticsChampionships pic.twitter.com/ZNEf5KN2YN
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) July 20, 2022
Jake expressed his delight at making his father proud after the race. The World Champion exclaimed, ‘I’m glad he showed some emotion!’
Jake Wightman Race And Background
Jake Wightman’s race has not been disclosed yet. He was born on July 11, 1994. He has two younger brothers and sisters named Sam and Martha.
Wightman grew up in Nottingham, England, but attended Stewart’s Melville College and Fettes College in Edinburgh before enrolling at Loughborough University.
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Jake Wightman Career As A Distance Runner
Jake Wightman is a middle-distance runner who primarily competes in the 1500m. In 2022, he won gold at the World Athletics Championships.
Wightman won the European Junior Championships in the long jump in 2013. He broke the Scottish 1000m record in June 2018 at the Diamond League event in Stockholm with a time of 2:16.27, breaking the previous record that had stood since 1984.
He broke the Scottish 1500m record with a time of 3:29.47 in the 2020 Diamond League in Monaco.
In the final of the 2022 World Championship 1500m in Eugene, Wightman set a new personal best and championship record of 3:29.23, defeating Olympic champion and European record holder Jakob Ingebrigtsen to win his first world title.
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Last Modified: July 20, 2022