Jake Wightman aims to topple world’s best – again

Jake Wightman won the mile race at  the Muller Grand Prix Birmingham last week
Jake Wightman won the mile race at the Muller Grand Prix Birmingham last week
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Jake Wightman insists he’s ready for more big-name hunting in Zurich tonight.

The Edinburgh man, 23, is one of only a handful of Britons lining up in the Diamond League final with his A-List opposition in the 1500 metres including all three medallists from this month’s IAAF World Championships in London, headed by champion Elijah Managoi of Kenya.

It’s a tall order to make an impact, admits Wightman, whose world bid ended in a semi-finals exit.

But after winning the Emsley Carr Mile at last Sunday’s Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham, the Edinburgh AC runner wants to replicate his Diamond League victory in Oslo this summer which earned him an invite to Switzerland.

“Oslo showed I can beat those guys and the confidence they have is something you need through your season,” he said. “I’m sure they hate getting beaten by someone like me. But if it knocks their confidence, all the better.”

Wightman should have no fears about going up against the best, says club-mate Chris O’Hare who didn’t get enough points to land a spot in Zurich.

“There is a reason Jake is the Bislett Games winner,” the double European medallist said. “Just because he didn’t make the world final says nothing about where he is. He belongs in that company now.”

Wightman is looking to next season’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, planning a twin assault on the 800m and 1500m.

He said: “I think my 800 is as good as my 1500.”

Mo Farah will run his final 5000m track race, CJ Ujah and Adam Gemili are in the 100m and Eilidh Doyle goes in the 400m hurdles.