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Ingebrigtsen brothers have accumulated 20 European Championship medals

The Ingebrigtsen runners continued their dominance at the European XC Championships on Sunday

Filip and Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the men’s senior and U20 races today in the Netherlands at the European Cross-Country Championships. These wins bring the brothers’ medals count at European Championships to a shocking 20 in total, with each brother having won an individual cross-country championship in their career.

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Jakob made history on Sunday morning, becoming the first man to win three U20 cross-country titles. The high school student would have run in the senior race, but he reportedly wasn’t allowed. He closed out an incredible 2018 season, taking double gold on the track at the European Championships as a 17-year-old. 

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This spring, the Norwegian high school student ran a 3:52.28 mile at the Pre Classic. The then 17-year-old went on to 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.

It reportedly rained for the two days leading into the race, and Jakob told European Athletics, “I have never done anything like this before, so it is fun for me to compete in these conditions,” said Ingebrigtsen. “It was a tough race, the course was tough. With all the mud, it was difficult to get in the rhythm.”

In the senior men’s race, Filip made his senior cross-country debut and came away with the win. Filip upset defending champion Kaan Kigen Ozbilen of Turkey, and the Crippa brothers of Italy.