World 1500m champion, Timothy Cheruiyot was beaten to second place by Norwegian sensation Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who produced what felt like the umpteenth coming-of-age performance of his young career to take his first Olympic title.
Cheruiyot who in recent years has had that title reserved him but not longer, as he was defeated Ingebrigtsen, who produced one of the finest finish he broke the Olympic and European record when he crossed the line in 3:28.32
The 20 year-old has battled Cheruiyot thirteenth times but this is the first in which he had come out on top.
Britain’s Josh Kerr, who followed in the footsteps of Keely Hodgkinson and Laura Muir in proving that amid all the hype, this middle-distance crop are the real deal, living up to their promise on the biggest stage. This was his first major medal with a brilliant final lap and almost took Cheruiyot on the line for silver.