WALES' Jake Heyward took silver in the men’s 1500m behind the brilliant Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the European Championships.

The Cardiff middle distance ace was an Olympic finalist last year and finished outside the medals at last month's Commonwealth Games but put in an impressive run at the Olympiastadion in Munich to claim a first senior international medal.

The Olympic champion set a new championship record of three minutes and 32.76 seconds to defend his title, from 2018, with his older brothers Henrik and Filip having won the title in 2012 and 2016.

BBC commentator Steve Cram, the 1983 champion over the blue riband distance, suggested all the other athletes had been competing for second place but Heyward, who is based in Oregon in the United States, indicated he hadn't intended settling for silver.

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“Obviously winning a silver medal is an incredible achievement, but I am disappointed that I couldn’t go with him (Ingebrigtsen) and push him for the gold – he almost ran a separate race,” said Heyward, who had been ill earlier in the week.

Heyward came home in 3.34.44, and was never really troubled by Spain's Mario Garcia, who claimed bronze in 3.34.88, having passed him coming into the home straight..

Ingebrigtsen made his move to the front, from the back of the pack, at the first bend with Heyward following him like a shadow. The Welsh record holder settled into third postion, though was fourth at the bell, and made his bid for glory as the champion pulled away with some 200m to go.

Heyward is the second Welsh athlete to medal for Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the track at the European Championships after Jeremiah Azu won bronze in the 100m.

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