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Australia has a Commonwealth Games gold medalist in the 1500m and his name is Oliver Hoare.

The brilliant middle-distance runner from South Sydney rode the run of his life to clinch gold in the men’s 1,500m at Alexander Stadium on Saturday.

To make the race even more special, he clocked 3:30.12 to break his personal best and claim the Commonwealth Games record.

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Legendary Australian runner Herb Elliott won gold in the mile at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and 12 years later the mile was replaced by the 1500m.

Until Hoare’s exploits, the best Australian result in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games was bronze: Youcef Abdi in Manchester in 2002 and Mark Fountain in Melbourne in 2006.

Oliver Hoare, 1500m gold, race, results, winner, Australian, interview

Hoare executed his tactic to perfection.

At the bell, he sat second in lane one behind the two Kenyans, Timothy Cheruiyot and Abel Kipsang, and inside reigning world champion Jake Wightman.

Just as Wightman did en route to gold at last month’s World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, the Scot took the lead and pinched the first lane with just under 200m remaining.

But Hoare, desperate to make up for his fall in the semi-finals in the United States, moved into lane four to avoid traffic jams on the straight and squeezed every ounce of energy out of himself.

Oliver Hoare, 1500m gold, race, results, winner, Australian, interview

He dived at the line and beat Cheriuyot for gold by 0.9 seconds.

Hoare, 25, overcome with the rawest of emotion, clutched his face in his hands and dropped to his hips.

Weeping tears of joy, he grabbed the Australian flag, let out shouts of triumph and rushed to wave to the crowd.

“This is an extraordinary moment in Australian sport,” Bruce McAvaney said on Seven’s coverage.

“He is one of those who will forever be etched in the history books.

“And how lucky we are to have been here and you watched it.

Oliver Hoare, 1500m gold, race, results, winner, Australian, interview

“The last 100 meters is the stuff of legends.

Hoare was ecstatic as he unpacked his race in a trackside interview with Seven.

“That last lap, I wanted to stay relaxed on the inside and I knew my time would come,” Hoare said.

“It’s hard to believe when you have guys there who are absolute class.

“But I was able to get out and just got the kicker at the end.

“It was spectacular.

Oliver Hoare, 1500m gold, race, results, winner, Australian, interview

“When I was successful I knew I could win; I just had to make sure I could keep my form.

“Timothy is an amazing competitor from Kenya and he knows how to run hard and he was locking up a bit and I could see that and it just gave me the edge to stay relaxed and keep going and go all the way .

“Then crossing the line, I just couldn’t believe what I had just done.

“Time was very fast too.

“It was fantastic.”

Hoare lowered his personal best from 3:32.66 to 3:30.12 in an instant classic.

Oliver Hoare, 1500m gold, race, results, winner, Australian, interview

Cheruyiot is a former world champion and Olympic silver medalist in the 1500m, Kipsang is a 3:29.56 runner in the 1500m and, of course, Wightman was crowned world champion in the 1500m last month.

Hoare dedicated the victory to his beloved pop, who died after the World Championships in Athletics.

His pop, a World War II veteran, had a stopwatch at every race Hoare ran as a kid.

“He’s the reason my family loves sports, he’s the reason I’m here today,” Hoare said.

“Pop, I know you’re watching. I’ll get you a glass of red, mate.

“It was a good one.”

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