Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen will face-off with the world 3000m steeplechase record holder Lamecha Girma in their first ever clash in any discipline at the Lausanne Diamond League Meeting set for this evening in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ingebrigsten and Girma both went to history books at the Paris Diamond League Meeting as they thrashed tow records in the 2 Miles and water barrier race respectively.
The Norwegian brought down long standing record of Daniel Komen when he clocked 7:54.10 while Girma brought down Saif Saeed Shaheen’s world record in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 7:52.11.
Ingebrigtsen who is ranked among the greatest middle distance runners of all time, has set his eyes on 25-year-old world record of 3:26.00 that was set 25 years ago at the Golden Gala in Rome by Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco.
While speaking to the press in Lausanne, Ingebrigsten said, “I have 100% more left in me. I just have to keep focused on each race ahead in the build-up to the World Championships in Budapest”.
The 22 year-old will not have an easy ride as he will have to get past the Olympic and world 3000m steeplechase silver medallist Girma who is also in the best shape ever.
Girma broke the world indoor record in the 3000m with a time of 7:23.81 in Liévin and went ahead to win the 3000m at the Diamond League meeting in Doha with a time of 7:26.18.
The two will battle the Olympic 1500m bronze medallist Josh Kerr from Great Britain and Olympic 1500m finalist and Australian national record holder, Stewart McSweyn.
Other title contenders include British indoor record holder, Neil Gourley, World Cross Country mixed relay champion, Teddesse Lemi from Ethiopia and Oceania 1500m Champion Sam Tanner from New Zealand.