Olympic 1500m champion Jacob Ingebrigtsen could not live to his expectation of lowering the long-standing continental time at the Lausanne Diamond League that was held on Thursday night in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ingebrigtsen had targeted to demolish a European record that was set 21 years ago by Mohammed Mourhit in the 3000m mark of 7:26.62 in Monaco and one-year before he was suspended for using EPO.
The 20 year-old could not achieve his dream goal but managed to beat a strong field that included Olympic 10000m gold medallist Selemon Barega and Two-time 5000m World Champion Muktar Idris both from Ethiopia.
The Norwegian wonder kid was on fire during the Prefontaine Classic meet in Eugene, as he trounced the reigning world champion Timothy Cheruiyot in 3:47.24, which is a world-leading time, national record and Diamond League record which made him history’s ninth fastest outdoor performer.
Ingebrigtsen also thrashed two Kenyans Abel Kipsang and Jacob Krop when he crossed the line in a season best of 7:33.06. He was followed by Ethiopia’s Aregawi Berihu who took silver in a personal best of 7:33.39 with Stewart McSweyn the top three places in 7:35.06.
Barega and Idris crossed the line in fourth and fifth place in 7:36.62 and 7:40.30 respectively.
Kenyan duo of Krop and Kipsang came home in eighth and ninth place in 7:41.50 and 7:42.21 (PB) respectively.