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Jakob Ingebrigtsen seals 1,500 million gold and the promise becomes reality | Tokyo 2020 Olympics


The most fascinating science experiment on track and field has ended with a 1500m Olympic gold medal for Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who has been training as a professional since he was eight years old. The 20-year-old has long been regarded for greatness after becoming the youngest man to make it over the four-minute mile at 16. On a muggy night in Tokyo, the Norwegian, who has been trained by his father , Gjert, from elementary school, emphatically confirmed it.

“I feel like I’ve wanted this my whole life,” he said after reaching gold in an Olympic record of 3 minutes 28.32 seconds. He had done it too. But as Ingebrigtsen accelerated, Britain’s Josh Kerr bravely held on to finish in bronze, while Kenyan Timothy Cheriyiot took silver.

It was a great race for the 23-year-old. Kerr’s time of 3: 29.05 was faster than Seb Coe, Steve Cram and Steve Ovett and he proved to be a great talker as well.

“I had this strange confidence in myself,” he said. “Some may call it arrogance. I call it trust. If you put effort and work in, and are surrounded by a team like me, you can’t not feel safe. “

Kerr, who left his home in Edinburgh to go to university in the United States at the age of 17, said: “My visa to the United States says that I am an artist. I just have to live up to that.

“It is the first championship that I run with contact lenses and normally I can not see anything. I’ve had a few bugs in the past and I’ve been able to watch quite a bit, so it’s been fun. Difficult but fun. “

Josh Kerr of Great Britain reacts after winning bronze.
Josh Kerr of Great Britain reacts after winning bronze. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Two other Brits, Jake Heyward and Jake Wightman were ninth and tenth, respectively.

But this was all about Ingebrigtsen. The family has been famous in Norway for a long time, and not just because they have been the subject of a popular reality TV show, Team Ingebrigtsen. One brother, Henrik, finished fifth in the 1500m at the London 2012 Games, while another, Filip, won bronze at the same distance at the London 2017 world championships.

Jakob, who said he had benefited from his father’s mistakes with older brothers, is already in a different league. When asked if he wanted to go down in history and break the world record, Ingebrigtsen replied with one word: “Yes.”

He refused to tell his father about his racial tactics, but they were practically perfect. He took the lead on the first lap and pushed hard, determined to take the pace out of rapids Kerr, Jake Wightman and Cole Hocker. He then let Cheruiyot take over and give it more laps before taking over with 150m to go.

Double Olympic medalist Nick Willis, who was knocked out in the semifinals, called it “the greatest 1,500 meters in history.” It was difficult to argue.

There was a commotion in the men’s javelin when Neeraj Chopra threw 87.58 meters to win India’s first ever Olympic track and field gold medal. German favorite Johannes Vetter finished ninth.

Chopra was congratulated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said: “Your javelin gold breaks barriers and creates history. Your feat will inspire our youth. India is ecstatic! Heartiest congratulations!”


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