Huge sensation this Thursday in Florence: the Norwegian prodigy Jakob Ingebrigtsen smashed, in 12.48.45, the European record of 5000 m, held by the Belgian Mohammed Mourhit since the 2000 edition of the Van Damme Memorial (August 26) where he had set a time of 12.49.71. The youngest of the Ingebrigtsen siblings (20 years old) made an impression, stealing the show from the world record holder in the 5,000m and 10,000m Joshua Cheptegei (6th).
Dominant on the continental scene, the Nordic phenomenon was passing a very serious test against the Africans a month and a half before the Tokyo Olympics. He amply succeeded in his mission, positioning himself as a very serious contender for the title in Tokyo. The next few weeks will tell if Cheptegei’s mishap was just an accident or a sign of Ingebrigtsen’s future takeover. But the Norwegian may have already taken a little psychological ascendancy before the big explanation planned in Japan between the two men.
Everything seemed to be going perfectly for Cheptegei, at the helm of the race at the halfway point. But the Ugandan, who was playing his first 5,000m since his world record (12.35.36) on August 14, 2020, suddenly let himself be knocked out in the final just as Jakob Ingebrigtsen was starting to point the tip of his nose. at the forefront. Blessed bread for the Norwegian who dropped all his rivals to set a great time, exploding his personal best which dated from July 2019 (13.02.03).
Cheptegei had said the day before that the Norwegian was the“man of the moment”, able to descend under 13 minutes. He didn’t think so well put it.
“I felt strong, I was very good in training, I knew I had the means to be fast but at the same time I was really nervous because the 5000m is very hard”, a réagi Ingebrigtsen. “I felt a lot of energy in the first few laps, I was able to keep a steady pace but in the end it was probably the guy who wanted the most who was going to win.”
Hassan is balade
Among the ladies, it was the performance of Sifan Hassan that was scrutinized. Five days after breaking the 10,000m world record in Hengelo, improved on Tuesday by the Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, the Dutch rider over 1,500m with the best world performance of the year (3.53.63). Come to refine his speed in Italy, Hassan, gold medalist over the distance at the Doha Worlds in 2019, fulfilled his contract.
“I am very surprised by my time, as I had been on Sunday by my world record, she said. It wasn’t my goal to run so fast. “
The 110m hurdles was another highlight of the evening with the victory of Olympic title holder Omar McLeod with the best time of 2021 (13.01).