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Jakob Ingebrigtsen tests positive for COVID-19

Ingebrigtsen announced on his Instagram that he tested positive for the virus one day after he was beaten for gold at World Indoors

The reigning 1,500m Olympic champion, Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, was upset by Samuel Tefera of Ethiopia, who won the men’s 1,500m on Sunday at the World Indoor Championships. Although Ingebrigtsen won his first world championship medal, he said post-race that he was feeling off, later testing positive for Covid-19 when he arrived back home in Norway on Monday.

Ingebrigtsen shared the news on his Instagram page after stating that he felt strange Sunday night, immediately after his final. “Before the race, everything seemed normal, with a negative PCR test and several rapid tests,” explained Ingebrigtsen on Instagram. His coach and older brother Henrik Ingebrigtsen seems to believe Jakob caught it on his flight down to Serbia on Thursday, according to Eurosport. 

“You can minimize risk, but you can’t rule out infection,” Henrik said. “This virus affected his recovery after his qualifying race on Saturday.”

Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the 2018 European Championships

There is much speculation online that Ingebrigtsen raced the 1,500m final with the virus. He took control of the race with several laps to go but was unable to hold off Tefera, whose kick overcame the Norweigan over the final 50 metres to win back-to-back golds in 3:32.77. Tefera also won the 1,500m at the last World Indoor Championships in 2018.

Jakob mentioned on his Instagram story that he plans to rest and recover, then hopefully get back into training in preparation for winning gold at the World Championships in July.