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Jakob Ingebrigsten breaks 1500m European recordJakob Ingebrigsten breaks 1500m European record / credit – James Rhodes

Jakob Ingebrigsten breaks 1500m European record

In an extraordinary feat, Ingebrigtsen shattered his own European 1,500m record, clocking an astonishing time of 3:27:14, now holding the prestigious title of the world’s fastest.

With a mere 34 days remaining until the commencement of the World Championships in Budapest, Jakob Ingebrigtsen continues to reign as the undeniable favorite in the 1500m event. Showcasing his remarkable prowess at the Diamond League in Poland on Sunday, he not only surpassed his previous European record but set a breathtaking new time of 3:27.14. This exceptional achievement now places him at an impressive fourth position on the all-time world rankings, leaving Hicham El Guerrouj’s longstanding world record of 3:26.00, established nearly 25 years ago, appearing vulnerable and susceptible to imminent defeat.

Jakob Ingebrigsten breaks 1500m European record
Jakob Ingebrigsten breaks 1500m European record /credit – James Rhodes

Amidst a day dominated by other sporting spectacles, including the Wimbledon men’s final, Tour de France, and the riveting Sunday sessions at both the European Under-23 Championships in Espoo and World Para Athletics Championships in Paris, the Diamond League valiantly sought attention. Ingebrigtsen, however, did his part to captivate the audience, surpassing his previous continental record of 3:27.95 set in Oslo just last month.

The race witnessed Mounir Akbache leading the pack through the first 400m in 54.62, followed by Erik Sowinski taking the lead at 800m in 1:50.72. An unfamiliar role awaited Stewart McSweyn as he acted as the pace-setter, leading at 1200m in 2:46.82, while Ingebrigtsen astutely maintained a slight distance behind the pacemakers, recognizing the pace was perhaps a tad too swift.

However, during the final lap, the 22-year-old unleashed his full potential, galloping towards the finish line while being closely pursued by Abel Kipsang and Reynold Cheruiyot. The Kenyan duo achieved personal bests of 3:29.11 and 3:30.30, respectively. Notably, Andrew Coscoran clinched fourth place and obliterated his own Irish record with a remarkable time of 3:30.42, while Britain’s George Mills also celebrated a personal best, crossing the line in 3:31.54.

Jakob Ingebrigsten breaks 1500m European record /credit - James Rhodes
Jakob Ingebrigsten breaks 1500m European record /credit – James Rhodes

Such was the caliber of the competition that Elliot Giles from Britain finished 10th despite running an impressive time of 3:33.00. Just a breath behind him, 17-year-old Australian prodigy Cameron Myers triumphed with a personal best of 3:33.26.

Expressing his satisfaction with the race, Ingebrigtsen shared, “I aimed for a fast-paced contest, desiring another sub-3:28 performance. I was aware that achieving this goal carried a significant possibility of setting a new personal best. The pacemakers played an invaluable role today, particularly Stewart McSweyn, one of the world’s finest runners, who helped me maintain a swift pace. It’s not every day you have the opportunity to receive such assistance from an elite athlete. This outcome surpassed my expectations for the day and represents the best outcome I could have hoped for.”

Jakob Ingebrigsten breaks 1500m European record /credit - James Rhodes
Jakob Ingebrigsten breaks 1500m European record /credit – James Rhodes

Ingebrigtsen has set his sights on training once again, as he prepares to compete in the 1500m and 5000m events in Budapest. Reflecting on his recent performance, he acknowledged that it’s not always about breaking records, emphasizing his complete focus on preparing for the upcoming World Championships.

In the women’s 1500m race, there were remarkable personal bests achieved by Melissa Courtney-Bryant and Jemma Reekie, propelling them to third and fourth positions respectively on the UK all-time list.

Taking place prior to the main televised Diamond League events, the race witnessed Hirut Meshesha secure victory in a meeting-record time of 3:54.87. Ethiopian athletes Birke Haylom (3:54.93), Diribe Welteji (3:55.08), and Worknesh Mesele (3:57.00) finished closely behind, with Haylom even setting an African under-20 record.

Despite the dominance of the “green flood” from East Africa, Linden Hall of Australia managed to secure fifth place, setting a new Oceania record of 3:57.27. Additionally, Melissa Courtney-Bryant improved upon her personal best, reducing her time from 4:00.45 to an impressive 3:58.01, while Jemma Reekie surpassed her previous record of 4:00.56 with a time of 3:58.65.


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