Taking the lead from the bell to the finish, Olympic 1500mchampion Jacob Ingebrigtsen lived to his expectations as he destroyed the field with a new championship record at the ongoing European Athletics Championships being held at the Olympic stadium in Munich.
The 21 year-old, who won the 5000m title just two nights ago, shattered the existing record of 3:35.27 that had been set by Fermin Cacho from Spain in 1994 in Helsinki. He has now won both the 1500m and 5000m at two consecutive European Championships.
“I felt I have this speed in my legs today so I wanted to go fast from the beginning, “I wanted to have a fast race and I wanted to win.” said Ingebritsen.
Ingebritsen went through the first 400m in 56.4 seconds and the 800m mark in 1:54.2 as he outstretched the field, surging ahead with lots of motivation from the crowd and crossing the finish line in a new championship record of 3:32.76.
He was followed by Great Britain’s Jake Heyward who took silver medal in 3:34.44 with European U23 Champion, Mario Garcia Romo from Spain taking bronze in 3:34.88.