Jake Wightman aims to close gap on African middle-distance runners

Timothy Cheruiyot, right, won in Zurich
Timothy Cheruiyot, right, won in Zurich
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Jake Wightman today claimed the door is open to break open Africa’s middle distance monopoly after coming a respectable seventh in Diamond League’s 1500 metres final in Zurich last night.

The Capital prospect, 23, took a number of A-List scalps to become the first non-Kenyan finisher as world championship silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot took victory in 3:33.93. But Wightman, who’ll complete his campaign at next month’s Fifth Avenue Mile in New York, reckons his win at the Bislett Games in Oslo and performances elsewhere show it’s possible for the likes of himself and fellow Edinburgh ace Chris O’Hare to make an impact. “I feel like we are closing the gap,” he said. “Filip Ingebrigtsen showed it at the worlds by getting bronze. But they are so strong. There are always more coming through than you expect, especially in a final like this. But it feels like this season, it’s become more of a level playing field and I think that will continue to even itself out.”

Jake Wightman has enjoyed a great season

Jake Wightman has enjoyed a great season

Elsewhere, Eilidh Doyle came fifth in the 400m hurdles in 55.09 secs.