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Hoare’s golden roar as Australian wins shock 1500m title

Hoare’s golden roar as Australian wins shock 1500m title
Australia’s Oliver Hoare (centre) reacts after winning the men’s 1500m final athletics event at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham of the Commonwealth Games on Saturday. – AFP PHOTO

Australia's Oliver Hoare shocked world champion Jake Wightman and Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot to win 1500m gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday.

The 25-year-old produced a storming late finish to cruise past Scotland's Wightman and Kenyan star Cheruiyot, setting a new Games record of 3min 30.12sec.

He fell to the track and put his head in his hands before rising to his feet and letting out a huge roar.

"It was a very fast race but I have been training for a fast race," said Hoare, who broke a record that had stood since 1974. "It was just about kicking at the right time.

"I went through on the inside with a lap to go and I saw Jake next to me. And I started to panic because he is the world champion. But I tried to hold my composure."