Australian Stewart McSweyn finished seventh in men’s 1,500m final
Posted On August 7, 2021
Stewart McSweyn had Australia’s best result in a men’s 1500m Olympic final since legendary Herb Elliott won gold in Rome in 1960.
And in another indication of McSweyn’s brilliant run in Tokyo, his time of 3: 31.91 would have won gold in every other 1,500m finals in Olympic history, which dates back to the Athens Games of 1896. .
Fellow Aussie Ollie Hoare placed 11th in the fastest Olympic 1,500m final, clocking a time of 3: 35.79.
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The final saw only 20-year-old Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen win his first Olympic gold, landing an exceptional kick in the 100m final as he clocked 3: 28.32 to establish a new Olympic record.
Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyo took silver in 3: 29.01 and Briton Josh Kerr (3: 29.05) surprised the field on his way to bronze.
McSweyn’s performance saw him eclipse the results of Ryan Gregson (ninth) in Rio in 2016 and Graham Crouch (eighth) in Montreal in 1976, the only two Australians to have made a 1500m Olympic final since the exploits of ‘Elliott in Rome.
McSweyn ran a courageous final in his Olympic debut, placing in the top three in the opening 200m and staying with Cheruiyo and Ingebrigsten until the final 300m.
The Tasmanian passed out in the home stretch and quickly lost places in the home stretch, but the colossal work he had done earlier in the race had prepared him for an excellent ranking.
An elated McSweyn tried to make sense of his feat in a post-race interview.
“Growing up on King Island, I never dreamed of being part of an Australian team, let alone making an Olympic final and finishing seventh,” said McSweyn.
“I’ve dreamed big since I was a kid and achieving that goal tonight was pretty cool.
“Thank you so much for the supporting guys we definitely notice. I have to keep building from here but all the support got me to this point and I don’t see why we can’t keep improving . “
McSweyn traveled to Tokyo after a scintillating 12 months, during which he broke national records in the 1,500m and 3,000m and recorded Australia’s fastest one-mile time in 15 years.
Paris 2024 is now waiting for him.
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