1,500-meter run: Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen crushes competition and secures Olympic gold

Jakob IngebrigtsenPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

20-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen managed to win during the final of the 1500-meters run in the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

The winning time was 3.28.32 – both a personal record and an Olympic record.

“I do not know where to start. I knew that what I was doing here was going to change the rest of my life,” the Olympic champion told Discovery after the victory.

The youngest of the Ingebrigtsen brothers took the lead from the start and set a high tempo in Saturday’s final. Eventually, Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot came forward and took the lead. 

However, Ingebrigtsen managed to surpass Cheruiyot, who had beaten him in all twelve previous encounters.

Cheruiyot was happy with the silver medal despite ending up behind the Norwegian for the first time.

Cheruiyot: Today was Jacob’s day

“I’m very proud to receive a medal. This is the first time Jakob beat me. I expected a tough race. Everyone has their day, and today was Jacob’s day,” Cheruiyot told Discovery.

Despite his young age, Jakob Ingebrigtsen has been competing for a long time. He followed in the footsteps of his older brothers Henrik and Filip, and the three brothers are all trained by their father, Gjert Ingebrigtsen.

Already as a 16-year-old, Jakob Ingebrigtsen made his debut at the World Cup in London. At the time, he was only 16 years old.

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1 Comment on "1,500-meter run: Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen crushes competition and secures Olympic gold"

  1. To think that a 4-minute mile was once considered unreachable. Has this become a sprint? 🙂
    Congratulations! to Jakob, his family, and Norway.

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