Jake Wightman speaks to Sky Sports News after his shocking 1500m win at the World Athletics Championships (Source: Skysports)
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 was a marathon runner. He ran a marathon in 2 hours and 13 minutes and is now the coach of his son.
Wightman Sr competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and his son has been described as “meticulous”.
Jake’s mother Susan is a former British cross-country skier. In the 10,000m, 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 finishing second behind Greta Waitz, becoming the first British woman to run a half marathon of less than 70 minutes.
Was Jake Wightman born to a Scottish dad? His parents
Jake Wightman was born to Geoff and Susan Tooby, but we’re not sure if his father is Scottish or not.
Both of her 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 commenting 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!” Geoff exclaimed. The emotionally proud father said he prepared his son for this moment. “Since my wife is his PE teacher, I have been doing sports at school since he was about 11,” he explained.
Britain’s Jake Wightman wins gold in the 1500m and his dad was the inside commentator who called him!
– CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) July 20, 2022
Jake expressed his joy in 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 yet been revealed. He was born on July 11th 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 mainly competes in the 1500m. In 2022 he won gold at the World Athletics Championships.
Wightman won the European Junior Championships in long jump in 2013. He broke the Scottish record of 1000 meters in June 2018 at the Diamond League event in Stockholm with a time of 2: 16.27, breaking the previous record that was still standing since 1984.
He broke the Scottish 1500m record with a time of 3: 29.47 in the 2020 Diamond League in Munich.
In the 1500m final of the 2022 World Championship 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 edit: July 20, 2022