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Jakob Ingebrigtsen
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Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the 2017 Bislett Games
Personal information
Nationality Norwegian
Born 19 September 2000 (2000-09-19) (age 21)
Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway
Sport
Country  Norway
Sport Athletics/Track, Long-distance running
Event(s) 1500 metres, Mile, 3000 metres, 5000 metres
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2017 London
  • 3000 m s’chase, 27th (h)
  • 2019 Doha
  • 5000 m, 5th
  • 1500 m, 4th
Olympic finals
  • 2020 Tokyo
  • 1500 m, 11 Gold
Personal best(s)
  • 1500 m: 3:28.32 OR ER (Tokyo 2021)
  • Mile: 3:51.30 EJR (Palo Alto 2019)
  • 2000 m: 4:50.01 ER (Oslo 2020)
  • 3000 m: 7:27.05 NR (Rome 2020)
  • 3000 m s’chase: 8:26.81 EJR (Kortrijk 2017)
  • 5000 m: 12:48.45 ER (Florence 2021)
  • 5 km: 13:28 NR (Stavanger 2020)
  • 10 km: 27:54 EJR/NR (Hole 2019)

Jakob Ingebrigtsen (born 19 September 2000) is a Norwegian middle-distance runner. He won the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in the 1500 metres event, setting the new Olympic and European record. Ingebrigtsen also won two gold medals at the 2018 European Championships, in the 1500 and 5000 metres events. On 10 June 2021, at the Diamond League, Ingebrigtsen set a new European record in the 5000 m with his time of 12:48.45. His older brothers Henrik and Filip are also middle-distance runners who compete internationally. They are trained by their father Gjert Ingebrigtsen. On 12 October 2019, he was the youngest pacemaker in the successful sub-2 hour marathon attempt by Eliud Kipchoge. As of 2021 Jakob is the 8th, 6th, 9th and 12th fastest man over the 1500m, 2000m, 3000m and 5000m respectively. He also holds the distinction of being one of only two men to run a sub-3:30 1500m, sub-7:30 3000m and a sub-12:50 5000m along with 3000m and 2 mile world record holder Daniel Komen.

Personal bests

Surface Event Time Date Event
Outdoor track 800 m 1:46.44 30 June 2020 Oslo, Norway
1500 m 3:28.32 OR/ER 7 August 2021 Japan National Stadium
Tokyo
Mile 3:51.30 EJR 30 June 2019 Prefontaine Classic
Palo Alto, USA
2000 m 4:50.01 ER 11 June 2020 Impossible Games
Oslo, Norway
3000 m 7:27.05 NR 17 September 2020 Golden Gala
Rome, Italy
5000 m 12:48.45 ER 10 June 2021 Golden Gala
Florence, Italy
3000 m steeple 8:26.81 EJR 8 July 2017 Kortrijk, Belgium
Indoor track 800m 1:52.01 4 February 2018 Bærum, Norway
1500m 3:31:80 ER 9 February 2021 Liévin, France
3000m 7:48.20 7 March 2021 European Indoor Championships
Torun, Poland
Road 5 km 13:28 NR 6 May 2020 Per Halle Invitational
Stavanger, Norway
10 km 27:54 EJR/NR 19 October 2019 Hytteplanmila
Hole, Norway

Career

Representing  Norway
Year Championship Venue Distance Result Time
2016 European Cross Country Junior Championship Chia, Italy 6 km 1st 17:06
2017 U20 European Championships Grosseto, Italy 1500 metres 8th 3:58.64
5000 metres 1st 14:41.67
3000 metres steeplechase 1st 8:50.00
European Cross Country Junior Championship Šamorín, Slovakia 6 km 1st 18:39
World Championship London, England 3000 metres steeplechase 27th (sf) 8:34.88
2018 U20 World Championships Tampere, Finland 1500 metres 2nd 3:41.89
5000 metres 3rd 13:20.78
European Cross Country Junior Championship Tilburg, Netherlands 6 km 1st 18:00
European Championship Berlin, Germany 1500 metres 1st 3:38.10
5000 metres 1st 13:17.06
2019 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, Scotland 1500 m 2nd 3:43.23
3000 m 1st 7:56.15
European Cross Country Junior Championship Lisbon, Portugal 6 km 1st 18:20
U20 World Cross Country Championships Aarhus, Denmark 8 km 12th 24:39
World Championship Doha, Qatar 1500 metres 4th 3:31.70
5000 metres 5th 13:02.93
2021 2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan 1500 metres 1st 3:28.32
Representing Europe Europe
2018 Continental Cup Ostrava, Czech Republic 1500 m 3rd 3:40.80

National championship results

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

On 27 May 2017 he became the youngest athlete to run the one-mile distance in less than 4 minutes, when he finished in 11th place in a Diamond League race at Hayward Field in Eugene, US.

On 15 June he ran almost two seconds faster, when he finished first in a mile race at Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway with the time 3:56.29.

On 8 July 2017 he beat the junior European record on 3000 metres steeplechase at the Guldensporenmeeting in Kortrijk, Belgium with the time 8:26.81. This was his first time competing in the 3000m steeplechase event.

On 26 May 2018 at age 17, Ingebrigtsen ran a 3:52.28 mile in the Prefontaine Classic's Bowerman Mile for 4th place. It is the fastest mile run by a 17-year-old.

On 5 July 2019 he set a new personal best, and U20 European Record (1500m) when he ran 3:30.16 in Lausanne

On 20 July 2019 he set a new National Record and U20 European Record at 5000m (13:02.03 in London).

As of 6 October 2019 Jakob is ranked as the 2nd best 1500m 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 on 19 October 2019, 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.

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 2020 Summer Olympics he won the gold medal in the 1500m, beating Timothy Cheruiyot for the first time and setting a new Olympic and European record with 3:28.32.

Tokyo Olympics 2020

Ingebrigtsen set an Olympic record at 3:28.32 to secure gold in the 1,500-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 Timothy Cheruiyot who won the silver medal.

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