The king of European distance running is a 17-year-old boy.
Recap of Jakob Ingebrigtsen's incredible two days in Berlin:https://t.co/07cC7JjDqx
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Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen made history for the second time yesterday at the European Championships in Berlin, winning the 5,000m to add to his 1,500m win on Friday. At just 17, Jakob became the youngest winner of a European track title when he won the 1,500m on Friday, and Saturday he became the first person, male or female, ever to win both the 1,500m and the 5,000m at this meet.
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Ingebrigtsen set himself a new personal best in the 5,000m, with a time of 13:17.06, closing in 54.09. It was the second-fastest time in the meet’s history.
Jakob’s eldest brother, Henrik Ingebrigtsen, who won gold in the 1,500m in 2012, finished in second place, in 13:18.75. France’s Morhad Amdouni, who won the 10,000m this year, took bronze with a time of 13:19.14.
Closes in 54.09 to win the 5K ! 😳https://t.co/DOpRNDR4yy
— FloTrack (@FloTrack) August 11, 2018
The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten made much of the fact that Jakob was too young to drink champagne at the evening’s festivities in Berlin.
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.
The brothers are coached by their father, Gjert Ingebrigtsen.
After Payton Jordan, Jakob 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. He 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.
Unfortunately, Jakob was just off qualification for the Diamond League 1,500m final. However, older brother Filip will be in the race in Brussels on August 31st.