Kerr Wins Bronze on Penultimate Day

August 7, 2021

Another day, another medal for our Scots in Tokyo as we reach the conclusion of the Olympic Games.

Josh Kerr produced a fantastic run in the 1500m Final, securing a bronze medal with personal best time of 3:29.05. The 23-year-old chose to bide his time, hanging off the front runners before coming through strongly over the final 250 metres, just missing out on a second-place finish by 0.04 seconds.

He moves up to second in the all-time British list for that distance, ahead of Seb Coe and Steve Cram with only Mo Farah posting a quicker time.

Jake Wightman finished 10th, starting strongly but fading towards the end with a time of 3:34.43.

“This has been a hard championship for me with the first round not going great,” said Kerr, who finished seventh in his first-round heat and only qualified via the fastest loser spot.

“When the first medal came back to our GB camp with Keely Hodgkinson, I had to take myself away and say I want to create that for myself. I wanted to be the one everyone looks at.

Elsewhere Nicole Yeargin finished strongly for Team GB in the 4x400m Relay, finishing fifth overall.

Eilish McColgan finished in ninth place in the 10,000m Final.

In the Women’s Marathon Stephanie Davis finished 39th and Steph Twell 68th after a gruelling run in the sweltering Sapporo heat. Callum Hawkins is involved in the Men’s Marathon on Saturday evening (from 23:00).

In the cycling it was a dramatic morning for Jack Carlin, who progressed to the Quarter-Final of the Keirin. The result was in doubt after Canada’s Hugo Barrette went down after clipping Carlin, but the Scot was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The Keirin concludes on Sunday, with Carlin back in action from 02:24.


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