Jakob Ingebrigtsen delivered a fantastic performance at the Bowerman Mile, the Diamond League tournament in Eugene. The Olympic gold medalist won with a time of 3.47.24.
It was the Norwegian’s first race since his Olympic triumph in Tokyo. He started – as usual – calmly and was a good distance behind the leader in the race in the first minute. Then he gradually advanced in the field and was third after 800 meters. A few hundred meters later, only Stewart McSweyn could prevent a Norwegian jubilee day in Eugene.
And with just over 300 meters left, Ingebrigtsen passed McSweyn, and then he never looked back. Ingebrigtsen had full control of the race and won the English mile (Bowerman Mile, 1609 meters) with a time of 3.47.24.
“It was an impressive show. Jakob impressed me today,” Gjert Ingebrigtsen told the newspaper VG.
Jakob’s new time is also a new family record for an English mile event – earlier, his brother Filip held the record at 3.49.60. The new time is also the new Norwegian record for the distance.
Jakob’s time was just over four seconds slower than the world distance record set by Hicham El Guerroujs in 1999.
Filip Ingebrigtsen also participated in the race. He finished eighth. Jakob’s fiercest competitor Timothy Cheruiyot finished third.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today
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