Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen defeated new world record-holder Samuel Tefera in the 1,500m at the IAAF World Indoor Tour in Dusseldorf today, running 3:36.02 to Tefera’s 3:36.34. Filip Ingebrigtsen finished in third place, in 3:38.62. Jakob’s time represents a new personal best and a new U20 indoor world record, as well as a Norwegian national record (pending ratification).
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Not surprisingly, the pace was five seconds slower than in Tefera’s record-setting race against Yomif Kejelcha (3:31.04), but today’s race was about the win rather than the time. Tefera still had enough points accumulated to still be named meet champion.
(To view the race, go to 2:20:30.)
Once again, professional pacemaker Bram Som of the Netherlands, who turned 39 today and who paced both Tefera in Birmingham and Julien Wanders to a new 5K world record in Monaco on Sunday, performed his duties expertly. Tefera tucked in behind him and pacemaker Adam Czerwinski of Poland from the start, with Jakob Ingebrigtsen content to find his groove in fifth position, behind Tefera, defending champion Bethwell Birgen of Kenya, Jakob’s brother Filip, and Vincent Kibet.
Once the second pacemaker Adam Czerwinski stepped aside with two laps to go, it was clear the younger Ingebrigtsen had more left in his legs than Tefera, and overtook him in the final stretch.