Jake Wightman hopes to share particular Olympic second with stadium announcer father

Jake Wightman hopes to share special Olympic moment with stadium announcer father

Jake Wightman is second on the all-time UK list over 1500m
Jake Wightman is second on the all-time UK record over 1500m

Scottish athlete Jake Wightman admits it might be “fairly particular” if his father will get the possibility to name him profitable an Olympic medal.

Wightman, 26, secured his place in Tokyo by ending second within the 1500m on the British Championships.

He’s coached by his father, Geoff, who can be working in Japan as a stadium announcer.

“It’s a cool alternative to have your dad there within the stadium calling it in,” Wightman instructed BBC Scotland.

“It might be class if that was the case. He has performed an enormous position in me having the ability to get to the Olympics. The very fact he’s going to be in Tokyo whereas I’m there implies that he can share the enjoyment if I can run properly.

“If he’s doing the 1500m that will be good. It is not prefer it makes any distinction as a result of when you’re racing you might be targeted on what you might be doing and you do not actually hearken to that ambient sound of the announcer anyway, particularly when it’s the voice you hear too usually.

“However simply realizing he’s there, for him to have the ability to have that second as properly if it goes properly could be one thing fairly particular and it would solely occur this as soon as.”

‘Being an Olympian is not an enormous deal in my household’

Geoff represented England within the marathon on the 1990 Commonwealth Video games, however didn’t compete at an Olympics. Nevertheless, Wightman’s mom and aunt are each Olympians.

Mum Susan ran within the marathon in Seoul in 1988, whereas her twin sister Angela contested the ten,000m on the identical Video games.

“That’s the humorous factor, being an Olympian is not actually one thing that could be a large a deal in my household,” stated Wightman. “However it’s good to have the ability to carry that on and now we have had two generations.

“My mum was twelfth within the marathon, my auntie did not end the ten,000m so I believe there’s a bit of creating as much as do on that entrance of really going to the Olympics and having the ability to carry out in addition to doable.

“I hope I can try this and I hope I can outdo them by going to a couple of however I’ve simply acquired to give attention to this one for the time being.”

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