Filip Ingebrigtsen, the 2017 World Championships 1,500m bronze medallist, was disqualified Friday from the European championships 1,500m heats. The Norwegian superstar was charged with stepping inside the track as he tried to make a pass without sufficient room. An athlete can have one step inside of the track lines on a straightaway, but there’s zero tolerance for stepping inside on a curve.
Disappointed on behalf of Filip and #TeamIngebrigtsen for the disqualification today.#Glasgow2019 didn’t have to, but chose to go through with the disqualification of Filip. Did the judges do a good job for EA? No, I don’t think they did. We will find a way to pay you back.
— Gjert Ingebrigtsen (@Headof7) March 1, 2019
Gjert Ingebrigtsen, the runner’s coach and father, spoke out on Twitter about the disqualification, saying, “Disappointed on behalf of Filip and #teamingebrigtsen for the disqualification today. #Glasgow2019 didn’t have to, but chose to go through with the disqualification of Filip. Did the judges do a good job for EA [European Athletics]? No, I don’t think they did. We will find a way to pay you back.”
Filip’s younger brother, Jakob Ingebrigtsen made it through the 1,500m heats on Friday and followed up that run with a qualification for the 3,000m final. Jakob went on to win the 3,000m final on Saturday in 7:56.15, becoming the first Norwegian to win an indoor European championships medal. Jakob raced again on Sunday in hopes of winning both the 3K and 1,500m, but the runner came up short earning second place to the defending champion Marcin Lewandowski of Poland.
Scotland’s Laura Muir won the 3,000m on Friday evening and is also looking to secure a double gold from the championships. Muir split 4:05 through 1,500m of her 3K, which is faster the Canada’s Olympic 1,500m standard in 2016. She then closed the race with a shocking 28-second final lap to hold off Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen. Muir’s winning time of 8:30.62 was also a meet record. Muir went on to lead the 1,500m on Sunday wire to wire. She won in 4:05.92, becoming the only double-gold medallist of the 2019 meet.