Ollie Hoare in the 1500m. He came from the clouds in the final stages to win the Commonwealth Games gold.
Hoare overtook Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot in the final 10 meters in a meet record time of 3:30.13 – beating the Kenyan by .09 seconds.
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World and Commonwealth Games champion Cheryuot was chased away by the Australians as they turned on the fuel at just the right time coming around the final bend.
“Hoare’s picking up a big run here,” Bruce McAvaney said.
“He’s coming on strong, Aussie luck. Cheruyot goes up… Here comes Ollie Hoare in a flash, I guess he’ll get there.
“yes!” shouted Tamsin Lewis-Manu as Hoare crossed the line.
“It’s an extraordinary time in Australian sport. It’s one of those that will go down in the history books forever and how lucky we are to be here and for you to see them,” McAvaney said as Hawere fell to the ground in disbelief. “The last 100m is the stuff of legend.”
“Hats off to you, that was a great new game record,” Lewis-Manu said.
“He’s just beaten an amazing field. He waited for the exit, exited and the finish was brilliant.
He knocked down two world champions in the field, it’s magical. It’s because you hunt it,” McAvaney added.
Hoare, 25, spoke about his gold medal moment after completing his victory lap around the stadium.
“That last round I just wanted to relax and I knew my time would come. It’s hard to believe if you have guys who are the perfect class. But I was able to get out and I got the ball at the end and it was amazing,” Hoare said.
Hoare became emotional during the interview as he dedicated the race to his father.
“I’d like to pass that seed on to Pop, he was a life member of the South District Athletic Club and a World War 2 veteran, Sargaent Fred Hoare.
“He passed away after the world champs and it was a very difficult time for me because I was the only one running and when I was growing up I was hearing the news about someone who had a stopwatch at every race. The sport, it was hard not to let him see it but I want to give that race to Pop because my family did that. They love sports and that’s why I’m here today.
“So Pop, I know you’re watching. I drink a glass of red for a mate. That was good.”
Australian viewers couldn’t believe what they saw in the horrifying run we remember for years and years.
Herald Sun reporter John Ralph wrote: “Oli Hoare came running in a flash. Bloody hell. Some kind of guts to run two world championships. 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 amazing!
ABC reporter Peter Gunthers said, “Oli Hooray! What race is it? My heart is racing, we’re almost out of our voices screaming, and I think we’re awake all the way.
Former AFL star Ken Cornes wrote: “World class running, that’s how tough it is. Bruce is a genius.”