Ollie Hoare has come from the clouds in the final 100m to claim Commonwealth Games gold in the 1500m.
Hoare blitzed the field in the dying stages as he stormed past Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot in the last 10 metres to cross the line in a games record time of 3:30.13.
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The Aussie stalked Cheruiyot, the World Champion and defending champion, as they came around the final bend and turned on the gas at the perfect moment.
“Hoare lifting here, lifting with a big run,” Bruce McAvaney said.
“He’s coming with a mighty run, the Aussie’s a chance. Cheruiyot goes up … here comes Ollie Hoare with a flashing run I reckon he’s going to get there.”
“Yes!” Tamsyn Lewis-Manou shouted as Hoare crossed the line.
“It’s an extraordinary moment in Australian sport. It’s one of those that we will etch in the history books forever and how lucky we are to have been here and for you to have watched it,” McAvaney said as Hoare slumped over in disbelief on the ground. The last 100m is the stuff of legends.”
“Take your hat off, that was just brilliant and a new Games record,” Lewis-Manou said.
“He has just beat a sensational field. He waited until the exit route, got out and that finish was brilliant.”
“He takes down two world champions in the home stretch, it’s just magical. It’s what you dream about,” McAvaney added.
Australian fans watching on couldn’t believe what they’d just witnessed with Hoare’s run one Aussie’s will remember for years and years.
The Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph wrote: ““Here comes Ollie Hoare with a flashing run”. Bloody hell. Some kind of guts to run down two world champions. Just wow.”
Former Boomers coach Brendan Joyce wrote: “Wow Australia we have a new champion to be proud of! What a run in the 1500! Ollie Hoare you were incredible!”
ABC journalist Peter Gunders wrote: “Ollie Hoare! What a race. My heart is racing, we nearly lost our voices cheering, and I think we just woke up the whole street.”
Former AFL star Kane Cornes wrote: “World class run, how tough is he. Bruce is a genius.”
Originally published as Australian Ollie Hoare breaks Games record as he wins 1500m gold