NORWEGIAN MIDDLE-DISTANCE PRODIGY: JAKOB INGEBRIGTSEN
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