27 Jan

Wightman sets new British 1000m record in Boston

WIghtman with fellow Scots Josh Kerr & Neil Gourley at Doha 2019

Barely one month into the new year and Scottish runners continue to break records.

Earlier this month Callum Hawkins set a new Scottish 10K record; yesterday Jake Wightman broke not just the Scottish, but the British 1000m record at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston. Wightman, a European and Commonwealth medallist, finished second in the event behind the United States' Bryce Hoppel.
The race was the 25 year old’s first indoor 1000m. The Edinburgh AC runner ran the 1000m distance in 2.17.51, besting the record of 2.17.86 set back in 1992 by Matt Yates by a fraction of a second.
Wightman set a new Scottish record and finished fifth in the IAAF World Championships in Doha last October. 
Tweeting after the event, Wightman paid tribute to his race rival Hoppel, whose time of 2.17.41 just nudged the Scot off the top of the podium:  “Great race with this guy today @BryceHoppel. No win, but managed to bag my first British record of any kind.”
Wightman wasn’t the only Scot to do well Stateside on Sunday. European indoor 3000m silver medallist Chris O’Hare won the Tommy Leonard Memorial Men's Mile in a time of 3.59.62, just ahead of New Zealander Nick Willis (59.89).
Image: WIghtman with fellow Scots Josh Kerr and Neil Gourley at Doha, October 2019