Jake Wightman may very well be ‘most profitable’ British center distance runner, says Lord Coe

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Jake Wightman may develop into Britain’s “most profitable” center distance runner ever, former Olympic champion Lord Coe says.

The Scot plans to compete on this summer time’s Commonwealth Video games and on the European Championships earlier than defending his world title in 2023.

“That is doubtlessly an actual purple patch for him due to the way in which the calendar is now,” Lord Coe mentioned.

“He’s defending that [gold medal] subsequent 12 months after which, hopefully, be in nice form for the Olympics a 12 months later.

“Individuals go ‘two years’ nevertheless it’s not two years. That is one 12 months and three months of intense coaching and all the opposite stuff. It is no time in any respect.

“If he can log that, he may technically find yourself as essentially the most profitable British center distance runner now we have ever had.”

Wightman grew to become the primary British man to win the world 1500m title since Steve Cram in 1983.

World Athletics President Lord Coe, who gained 1500m Olympic gold and 800m silver at each the 1980 and 1984 Video games, additionally revealed that he has been a supply of recommendation for Wightman throughout his profession, and due to this fact is aware of the 28-year-old and what he’s able to.

“I am not going to painting myself as his coach or something like that however we chat and have for a very long time, for 4 or 5 years,” he mentioned.

“Curiously we have had prolonged conversations during the last couple of years about whether or not he doubles up [with the 800m and 1500m] or not. He does must do the 800m coaching and he is clearly accomplished that.”

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