Nearly one quarter of the European Championship 1,500m final will be ‘Ingebrigtsen.’
Filip, Henrik and Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway will all toe the line on Friday at 3:50 p.m. EDT in the European 1,500m final. The three brothers aged 25, 27, and 17, are looking for a podium sweep in the race.
A podium sweep for one of the world’s fastest families is entirely possible. The only other competitor with a personal best that is in the mix with the brothers’ is German runner Homiyu Tesfaye, who has a personal best of 3:31.98, but has only run 3:36.03 this season.
It hasn’t been an easy road to the final for the family. Team Ingebrigtsen’s dreams nearly came to a crashing close when Filip, the fastest of the brothers, was taken down in a collision in the semi-final.
A recap of Filip Ingebrigtsen's eventual route through to the 1500m final.
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All three brothers are coached by their father, Gjert Ingebrigtsen.
17-year-old Jakob asserted himself as a truly world class middle distance runner earlier this summer when he beat Olympic medalists Paul Chelimo and Matt Centrowitz to win the Payton Jordan 1,500m.
After Payton Jordon, the Norwegian high school student ran a 3:52.28 mile at the Pre Classic. The 17-year-old’s mile personal best placed him fourth in the world for the 2018 season. Jakob has since run in several Diamond League races, asserting himself on the international running scene as a tough competitor, and not just a talented high school runner.
Henrik, the 27-year-old, is the Norwegian record-holder in the mile and two mile. Third brother, Filip, was the 2017 World Championship 1,500m bronze medalist.
Tune in Friday to see if #teamingebrigtsen can go 1-2-3 in the 1,500 final.