BIRMINGHAM: Australia’s Oliver Hoare shocked world champion Jake Wightman and Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot to win 1500m gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday.The 25-year-old produced a storming late finish to cruise past Scotland’s Wightman and Kenyan star Cheruiyot, setting a new Games record of 3min 30.12sec.He fell to the track and put his head in his hands before rising to his feet and letting out a huge roar.Hoare’s victory was the second Australian gold medal of the morning on the penultimate day of track and field action at Alexander Stadium.It followed an emotional win for Jemima Montag in the women’s 10,000m race walk, four years after she won the 20km event at the 2018 Games on the Gold Coast.But Jamaican high-jumper LamaraDistin (1.95 metres) denied Australia a golden treble, taking gold ahead of Australia’s recently crowned world champion Eleanor Patterson (1.92). AvinashMukund Sable broke the stranglehold of the Kenyans in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase — they had swept the medals from the 1998 Games onwards — taking silver behind Abraham Kibiwot. Sable picked off Kibiwot’s two team-mates — including defending champion and world bronze medallist Conseslus Kipruto— and attacked the leader on the final bend. But Kibiwot kept his nerve to hold off Sable and win in a time of 8:11.15. Priyanka Goswami, who had her fingernails painted in the colours of the English flag, finished second in the women’s race walk. The 26-year-old Indian, who has a habit of painting her nails in the national flag of the country in which she is competing, said: Montag, wearing a lucky gold bracelet made from a piece of jewellery that had belonged to her late grandmother, Holocaust survivor Judith, wiped tears from her eyes as she crossed the line in 42:34.30. Hosts England, who are in a battle with Australia to finish top of the overall medals table, won a gold medal when Nick Miller retained his hammer throw title with a distance of 76.43 metres.