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Poignant video shows dad making comments as his son claims world title

As British athlete Jake Whitman pulled off a surprise victory to become 1500m men’s world champion in Oregon on Tuesday night, it was his father, Geoff, who was calling the race over loudspeakers.

Jake Whitman finished in 3:29:23 just seconds ahead of Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Spain’s Mohamed Katir. As surprised as the 28-year-old looked as he brought her home, his mouth filled with amazement.

“Jake Whitman has just finished the race of his life,” his father announced over the speaker as he crossed the line. “My voice is gone.”

Britain’s Jake Whiteman reacts after winning the men’s 1500m final during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

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Moments later, the big screen at Hayward Field in Eugene turned to show the stadium announcer. “I have to tell you why the camera is on me. He’s my son. I coach him. And he’s the world champion,” he explained to the crowd.

Geoff Whitman, a former top marathon runner and a veteran athletics commentator, has been calling the race for his son since he was a kid.

According to The Guardian, he later said, “I’ve been doing his school sports day since he was about 11 because my wife has been his PE teacher.”

Jake was later pictured with mom and dad, all looking proud as Punch. Both parents are former athletes, mother Susan Wightman represented Team GB in the marathon at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Geoff (Left) And Susan Wightman Pose With Their Son, Gold Medalist Jake Wightman, After The Men'S 1500 Meters Final At The World Championships In Athletics.
Geoff (left) and Susan Wightman pose with their son, gold medalist Jake Wightman, after the men’s 1500 meters final at the World Championships in Athletics.

When asked how he felt about his father’s remarks, Jake Wightman said that he hardly notices his voice on the speaker anymore, although he added that he “sometimes hears a robot on the mic”. kind of”.

“I hope he broke up today. It would be interesting to watch it back. My mother had tears in her eyes, someone was crying!” They said.

But Dad says he has to keep it professional.

He told the BBC: “The crowds have gotten bigger, the stadiums have gotten bigger, but the danger is always that if I’m not fair or start coaching over the microphone, I’ll go off the 1500m and I like the 1500m. Is.”

“It’s his achievement. I’m blurry in the background.”

Jake Whitman was born in England but runs for Scotland, where he was raised. This victory is his biggest achievement till date. He won bronze for the 1500m at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games in 2018 but did not qualify for the 2016 Olympics and came 10th in Tokyo in 2020.

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