NOR­WE­GIAN MID­DLE-DIS­TANCE PRODIGY: JAKOB IN­GE­BRIGT­SEN

Athletics Weekly - - Spot­light - SS

HE is only a dis­tant third on the In­ge­brigt­sen fam­ily all-time list at 1500m be­hind his older broth­ers Hen­rik (3:31.46) and Filip (3:32.42) who have both won Euro­pean ti­tles and the lat­ter also won a world medal in London, but there is no doubt who is the most tal­ented of the trio.

The 17-year-old is the fastest miler in his­tory at his age after a Euro­pean ju­nior record 3:52.28 in Eu­gene and he re­cently ran a 3:36.06 1500m in Oslo and he is Europe’s most ex­cit­ing ever run­ning tal­ent. He will still be a teenager come the 2020 Olympics but at his cur­rent rate of progress, he could be the world’s best well be­fore the 2024 Games.

He has raced sen­si­bly against the world’s top ath­letes, pac­ing him­self well in Eu­gene and isn’t afraid of front run­ning as his 1500m in Oslo, where Chris O’Hare edged him, showed.

If he does have a weak­ness, it might be fin­ish­ing speed. His 800m PB is just 1:49.40, but he has plenty of en­durance and is the cur­rent Euro­pean ju­nior cham­pion at 5000m, steeplechase and cross-coun­try. He would surely have won the 1500m too last sum­mer but for a heavy fall. In­deed, it could be the steeplechase where he might make the most im­pact in fu­ture cham­pi­onships. The al­ready very tall Nor­we­gian sped to an 8:26.81 clock­ing at the age of 16.

This sum­mer he is ex­pected to make an ap­pear­ance at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Ber­lin but it is the World Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships where he will have the best chance of a gold medal.

Event: 1500m Na­tion: Nor­way

Age: 17 PBs: 1500m 3:36.06; 1M: 3:52.28

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