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Jakob Asserson Ingebrigtsen
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Ingebrigtsen at the 2018 European Athletics Championships
Personal information
Born (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 23)
Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway
Height 1.86 m
Country Norway
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Middle-, long-distance running
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2017 London
  • 3000 m s’chase, 27th (h)
  • 2019 Doha
  • 1500 m, 4th
  • 5000 m, 5th
  • 2022 Eugene
  • 1500 m, 22 Silver
  • 5000 m, 11 Gold
  • 2023 Budapest
  • 1500 m, 22 Silver
  • 5000 m, 11 Gold
Olympic finals
  • 2020 Tokyo
  • 1500 m, 11 Gold
Highest world ranking 1st (1500 m, 2023)
Personal best(s)
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Norway
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 1 0 0
World Championships 2 2 0
World Indoor Championships 0 1 0
Diamond League 3 0 0
European Championships 4 0 0
European Indoor Championships 4 1 0
World Junior Championships 2 0 1
European Junior Championships 2 2 0
European Cross Country Championships 7 1 0
Continental Cup 0 0 1
Olympic Games
Gold 2020 Tokyo 1500 m
World Championships
Gold 2022 Eugene 5000 m
Gold 2023 Budapest 5000 m
Silver 2022 Eugene 1500 m
Silver 2023 Budapest 1500 m
World Indoor Championships
Silver 2022 Belgrade 1500 m
Diamond League
2022 1500 m
2023 Mile
2023 3000 m
European Championships
Gold 2018 Berlin 1500 m
Gold 2018 Berlin 5000 m
Gold 2022 Munich 1500 m
Gold 2022 Munich 5000 m
European Indoor Championships
Gold 2019 Glasgow 3000 m
Gold 2021 Toruń 1500 m
Gold 2021 Toruń 3000 m
Gold 2023 Istanbul 1500 m
Gold 2023 Istanbul 3000 m
Silver 2019 Glasgow 1500 m
World Junior Championships
Silver 2018 Tampere 1500 m
Bronze 2018 Tampere 5000 m
European Junior Championships
Gold 2017 Grosseto 5000 m
Gold 2017 Grosseto 3000 m s’chase
European Cross Country Championships
Gold 2016 Chia Junior race
Gold 2017 Šamorín Junior race
Gold 2018 Tilburg Junior race
Gold 2018 Tilburg Junior team
Gold 2019 Lisbon Junior race
Gold 2021 Dublin Senior Men
Gold 2022 Turin Senior Men
Silver 2019 Lisbon Junior team
Representing Europe Europe
Continental Cup
Bronze 2018 Ostrava 1500 m

Jakob Ingebrigtsen (born 19 September 2000) is a Norwegian middle- and long-distance runner. Ingebrigtsen is the current world record holder for the indoor 1500 metres and the 2000 metres, and holds the world best time over the two mile distance. Ingebrigtsen is a two-time World champion, winning gold medals in the 5000 metres in 2022 and 2023 and a four-time European champion, winning gold medals in the 1500 m and 5000 m in 2018 and 2022. He also won a gold medal in the 1500 m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, setting an Olympic and European record. In addition to the 1500 m, Ingebrigtsen holds European records in the mile and 5000 m, and is one of only three men (with Daniel Komen and Mohamed Katir) to run a sub-3:30 1500 m, sub-7:30 3000 m and a sub-12:50 5000 m.

At age 16, Ingebrigtsen became the youngest man in history to run a mile in less than four minutes and broke the European Under-20 record in the 3000 metres steeplechase. As a junior, Ingebrigtsen won four consecutive gold medals at the European Cross Country Championships and won a gold medal in the 5000 m at the 2017 European U20 Championships.

His older brothers Henrik and Filip are also middle-distance runners who compete internationally. They were trained by their father Gjert Ingebrigtsen until 2022.



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Ingebrigtsen at the Guldensporenmeeting in Kortrijk, Belgium in 2017.

On 27 May, still 16 years old, Ingebrigtsen became the youngest athlete in history to run the one-mile distance in less than 4 minutes, when he finished in 11th place in a Diamond League race at the Hayward Field in Eugene, US. On 15 June, he ran almost two seconds faster, when he won the race with a time of 3:56.29 at the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway.

On 8 July, in his first attempt at the distance, he beat the European Under-20 record in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the Guldensporenmeeting in Kortrijk, Belgium with a time of 8:26.81.

2018: European 1500 m and 5000 m champion at age 17

On 26 May, at age 17, Ingebrigtsen ran a 3:52.28 mile in the Prefontaine Classic's Bowerman Mile for fourth place. It is the fastest mile run by a 17-year-old.


On 5 July 2019, Ingebrigtsen set a new personal best and a U20 European Record in the 1500 m when he ran 3:30.16 at the Lausanne Diamond League for second position.

On 20 July at the London Diamond League, he set a new national record and U20 European Record at the 5000 m with 13:02.03, finishing second.

As of 6 October 2019 Jakob was ranked as the second best 1500 m runner in the world, only behind Timothy Cheruiyot.

Making his debut at the distance, he broke Sondre Nordstad Moen’s Norwegian 10 km record at the Hytteplanmila in Hole, Norway on 19 October, with victory in 27:54. Not only was Jakob's time a national record, it was also the fastest time by a European in 2019 as well as being a European U20 10 km best.

2020: First European record (1500 m)

On 14 August at the Monaco Diamond League, Ingebrigtsen went for the first time under 3:30 barrier in the 1500 m and broke Mo Farah's 7-year-old European record (3:28.81) with a time of 3:28.68.

2021: Tokyo Olympic 1500 m champion

On 10 June 2021 at the Diamond League in Florence, Italy, he set a new European record in the 5000 m with his time of 12:48.45, in a race where a half-dozen competitors bested a time of 12:55.

At the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Ingebrigtsen set an Olympic and European record at 3 minutes 28.32 seconds to secure gold in the 1500-meter final, after eclipsing the previous record of 3:31:65 held by the Kenyan Abel Kipsang. He became the second youngest winner in the event. On the final bend Ingebrigtsen overtook for the first time Timothy Cheruiyot, who won the silver medal.Prior to the event, Ingebrigtsen had lost twelve straight 1500m / mile races to his Kenyan rival.

At the season-ending Diamond League finale at the Zurich Weltklasse meet, Ingebrigtsen placed second to Cheruiyot, who edged him out over the final sprint.

2022: World indoor 1500 m record and World 5000 m title

On 17 February 2022, Ingebrigtsen set his first senior world record, clocking 3:30.60 for the indoor 1500 m at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais in Liévin. He broke Samuel Tefera’s 3-year-old record by 0.44 seconds.

Men's 5000m final at Oregon 2022
Ingebrigtsen's (R) triumphal finish in the 5000 m final at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene.

About a month later at the 2022 World Indoor Championships held in Belgrade, Ingebrigtsen was beaten in the event by Tefera (3:32.77, CR), however, and placed second in a time of 3:33.02. He tested positive for COVID-19 the following day.

He won the silver medal in the 1500m after being outsprinted by Jake Wightman of Great Britain in the World Championships. In the same championships, he won the gold medal at the 5000 metres event at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon in a time of 13:09:24. Ingebrigtsen became the first male runner not born in Africa to win an Olympic or World Championships gold at the 5000 m in 30 years, going back to Dieter Baumann in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

At the season-ending Zürich Diamond League final, he defeated Timothy Cheruiyot in the 1500 m to take his first Diamond Trophy. The victory brought his lifetime head-to-head with Cheruiyot to 7–13.


In March at the European Indoor Championships held in Istanbul, Ingebrigtsen secured the 1500 m/3000 m 'double-double', winning both events for the second time. He set a championship record of 3:33.95 at the shorter distance and broke the Norwegian record at the longer event with a time of 7:40.32.

At the Diamond League Paris meet on 9 June 2023, Ingebrigtsen set the 2-mile world record by running 7:54.10. This improved Daniel Komen's previous world record of 7:58.61 set in 1997 by 4.51 seconds.

Ingebrigtsen finished second in the 1500m final at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, while he repeated as the gold-medal winner in the 5000m. Less than two weeks later, Ingebrigtsen set a world record in the 2000m at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. His record of 4:43.13 eclipsed the previous record of 4:44.79 that was set by Hicham El Guerrouj in 1999.

The Norwegian ended his season with victories in the mile and 3000m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, which also served as the Diamond League final. He edged Yared Nuguse for the win in the mile, winning in 3:43.73 and narrowly missing the world record. His time was the third-fastest ever run and a European record. In the 3000m, Ingebrigtsen defeated Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia in a sprint finish. His time of 7:23.63 was the third fastest ever run at the distance.

Personal life

Jakob Ingebrigtsen starred in a five-season Norwegian reality show called Team Ingebrigtsen, which revolved around him and his brothers, showing the trials and tribulations of middle-distance running.

On 23 September 2023, Jakob Ingebrigtsen married Elisabeth Asserson.


Ingebrigtsen brothers (in white) lead the pack in the race (L-R): Henrik, Jakob and Filip.
Brothers celebrate after the race (L-R): Henrik (4th), Jakob (1st) and Filip (12th).
1500 m final at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Ingebrigtsen at the 2019 World Athletics Championships held in Doha.

All information from World Athletics profile.

Personal bests

Surface Event Time Event Date Notes
Outdoor track 800 m 1:46.44 Boysen Memorial
Oslo, Norway
30 June 2020
1500 m 3:27.14 Kamila Skolimowska Memorial
Chorzów, Poland
16 July 2023 European record
Mile 3:43.73 Prefontaine Classic
Oregon, United States
16 September 2023 European Record
2000 m 4:43.13 Memorial van Damme
Brussels, Belgium
8 Sep 2023 World record
3000 m 7:23.63 Prefontaine Classic
Oregon, United States
17 September 2023 European Record
Two miles 7:54.10 Meeting de Paris
Paris, France
9 June 2023 World best
5000 m 12:48.45 Golden Gala
Florence, Italy
10 June 2021
3000 m s'chase 8:26.81 Guldensporenmeeting
Kortrijk, Belgium
8 July 2017 NU18B NU20R
Indoor track 800 m 1:52.01 Norwegian Indoor Championships
Bærum, Norway
4 February 2018
1500 m 3:30.60 Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais
Liévin, France
17 February 2022 World record
3000 m 7:40.32 European Indoor Championships
Istanbul, Turkey
5 March 2023 NR
Road 10 km 27:54 Hytteplanmila
Hole, Norway
19 October 2019 EJR

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time
Representing  Norway
2016 World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 9th 1500 m 3:51.09
European Cross Country Junior Championships Chia, Italy 1st XC 6 km U20 17:06
2017 European U20 Championships Grosseto, Italy 8th 1500 m 3:58.64
1st 5000 m 14:41.67
1st 3000 m s'chase 8:50.00
World Championships London, United Kingdom 27th (sf) 3000 m s'chase 8:34.88
European Cross Country Junior Championships Šamorín, Slovakia 1st XC 6.28 km U20 18:39
2018 World U20 Championships Tampere, Finland 2nd 1500 m 3:41.89
3rd 5000 m 13:20.78 AU20R
European Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 1500 m 3:38.10
1st 5000 m 13:17.06 AU20R
European Cross Country Junior Championships Tilburg, Netherlands 1st XC 6.3 km U20 18:00
2019 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 2nd 1500 m 3:43.23
1st 3000 m 7:56.15
World Cross Country Championships Aarhus, Denmark 12th XC 7.728 km U20 24:39
World Championships Doha, Qatar 4th 1500 m 3:31.70
5th 5000 m 13:02.93
European Cross Country Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 1st XC 6.3 km U20 18:20
2021 European Indoor Championships Toruń, Poland 1st 1500 m 3:37.56
1st 3000 m 7:48.20 PB
Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 1st 1500 m 3:28.32 OR AR
European Cross Country Junior Championships Dublin, Ireland 1st XC 10 km 30:15
2022 World Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 2nd 1500 m 3:33.02
World Championships Eugene, OR, United States 2nd 1500 m 3:29.47
1st 5000 m 13:09.24
European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 1500 m 3:32.76 CR
1st 5000 m 13:21.13
European Cross Country Championships Turin, Italy 1st XC 9.572 km 29:33
2023 European Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 1500 m 3:33.95 CR
1st 3000 m 7:40.32 NR
World Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd 1500 m 3:29.65
1st 5000 m 13:11.30
Representing Europe Europe
2018 Continental Cup Ostrava, Czech Republic 3rd 1500 m 3:40.80

Circuit wins and titles

  • Diamond League Champion (3): Diamond League plain icon.svg 2022: 1500m, Diamond League plain icon.svg 2023: Mile, 3000m
    • 2020 (1): Brussels Memorial Van Damme (1500m)
    • 2021 (4): Gateshead British Grand Prix (1500m), Florence Golden Gala (5000m, WL AR), Eugene Prefontaine Classic (One mile), Lausanne Athletissima (3000m)
    • 2022 (4): Eugene (One mile, WL), Oslo Bislett Games (One mile, WL DLR NR), Lausanne (1500m, WL), Zürich Weltklasse (1500m, WL)
    • 2023 (6): Rabat Meeting International, Oslo (AR, MR, WL), Lausanne (MR), Chorzów Kamila Skolimowska Memorial (AR MR WL), Brussels (2000m, WR), Eugene (Mile: AR DLR MR WL & 3000m: AR DLR MR WL)

National championships

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time
2015 Norwegian Championships Haugesund 9th 1500 m 3:54.05
Norwegian Youth Championships Lillestrøm 1st 800 m 1:54.05
1st 2000 m 5:24.41
2016 Norwegian Championships Askøy 5th 800 m 1:53.10
3rd 1500 m 4:01.67
Norwegian Junior Championships Brandbu 2nd 800 m 1:54.13
1st 1500 m 3:46.59
1st 5000 m 14:38.67
Norwegian Youth Championships Sandnes 1st 800 m 1:56.03
1st 3000 m 8:36.77
2017 Norwegian Championships Sandnes 3rd 800 m 1:50.54
1st 1500 m 3:53.29
1st 5000 m 13:35.84
1st 3000 m s'chase 8:44.12
Norwegian Youth Championships Bergen 2nd 400 m 51.03
1st 3000 m 8:00.01
Norwegian Indoor Youth Championships Oslo 1st 800 m 1:52.91
1st 1500 m 3:51.91
2018 Norwegian Championships Byrkjelo 1st 1500 m 4:03.54
Norwegian Indoor Championships Bærum 2nd 800 m 1:52.01
1st 1500 m 3:42.75
1st 3000 m 7:56.74
2019 Norwegian Championships Hamar 1st 1500 m 3:36.33
2020 Norwegian Championships Bergen 1st 800 m 1.48.72
1st 1500 m 3:33.94
2021 Norwegian Championships Kristiansand 1st 1500 m 3:33.26

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