Double European Champion and Norwegian 5000m record holder, Jakob Ingerbrigsten did not disappoint on as he obliterated the Norwegian 15km record in style as he was quick toward the end, to finish in 13.28s.
The 19 years old, Sandnes born middle distance runner; achieved the feat at Forus Perselop in Stavanger, therefore erased 13:37, set by Sondre Nordstad Moen in Monaco last year from Norway’s record book.
The younger of the Ingebrigtsen brothers ran according to his coach father instruction when he started slowly and gradually increased the pace, going from 2:40 kilometres to 2:50. Half way through the second lap, with 3km reached in about 8:25,only Henrik was able to stick with the 19-year-old. But with about one minute of running left, Ingebrigtsen turned the screw again and left his older brother in his wake.
Ingebrigtsen sprinted towards the line and crossed it in 13:28, four seconds ahead of Henrik. The brother both finished inside the previous Norwegian 5km record of 13:37, set by Sondre Nordstad Moen in Monaco last year.
Svela was third in 13:40 with Mezngi (13:44) and Nordas (13:45) close behind. Competing in a separate heat, Vienna Søyland Dahle was the top woman, clocking 16:14.
“It was fun to finally put a race number on my chest again,” said Ingebrigtsen. “But I had to wake my body up.”
Ingebrigtsen now moves to fifth on the European all-time list behind Jimmy Gressier (13:18), Alistair Cragg (IRL), Gunther Weidlinger (13:25) and Nick Goolab (13:27).
Rhonex Kipruto holds the ratified world record at 13:18, but Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei clocked 12:51 in February, which is pending ratification.