McSweyn is yet to get over world champion Cheruiyot in a race, but he has beaten the second-ranked star from Norway, Jakob Ingebrigtsen. Cheruiyot’s Kenyan teammate Abel Kipsang is the other big threat.
Hoare, who beat McSweyn in England in the Diamond League earlier this year after running in the US following the completion of his college scholarship, is also keen for the pace to be on.
Hoare is now a seasoned runner who knows how to race.
“I think Ollie takes a similar approach. He is not super fast, he does run the last 300 in 40 seconds but he is not a 37-second runner like [Great Britain’s] Josh Kerr so he will need it to be fast and we will only find out [on Saturday night] what he can do off a really fast pace.”
Outside of medals, this is the best performance Australia has had in middle distance at an Olympics. It is the first time that Australia has had two men and two women in the 1500m finals. Never has Australia had two women in a 1500m final, and the last time more than one Australian man was in the final at the Games was in Melbourne in 1956 .
“I definitely feel like both of them [McSweyn and Hoare] have got a chance of getting medals,” Bideau said.
“To me, Kipsang and Ingebrigtsen look the best, Cheruiyot doesn’t look right to me – there must be a reason why he didn’t get top three in the Kenyan trials, there is something bothering him.
“These guys have got plenty of talent. [And Australian middle-distance runners] Jye Edwards is good, Matthew Ramsden is good, Luke Mathews is good, Ryan Gregson is still good so they won’t be able to coast around and make the team every time any more.