Athletics history beckons for Norway's INGEBRIGTSEN brothers
BERLIN - European championships history could be written in Berlin Olympic Stadium on Friday when Norway's INGEBRIGTSEN brothers - Henrik, Filip and Jakob - are aiming to sweep the medals in the men's 1500m, the last of nine finals on day five of athletics.
The outcome is entirely plausible. Henrik, the eldest at 27, was the 2012 European champion; Filip, 25, is the defending champion; and 17-year-old Jakob became the youngest athlete ever to make a European 1500m final when he qualified from Wednesday's heats.
The siblings will face stiff competition from outside the family, though, with Great Britain's Chris O'HARE and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jake WIGHTMAN big threats to the Norwegians, along with Poland's world indoor silver medallist Marcin LEWANDOWSKI.
The heptathlon also reaches its climax on Friday, with Belgium's world and Olympic champion Nafissatou THIAM set to battle it out with Great Britain’s world indoor gold medallist Katarina JOHNSON-THOMPSON.
Another Briton, Dina ASHER-SMITH, begins the defence of her 200m crown in the half-lap semifinals three days after winning the 100m. Dutch world champion Dafne SCHIPPERS will be determined to improve on her bronze from the shorter sprint.
Belgium's BORLEE twins, Kevin and Jonathan, add to the brotherly theme in the men's 400m final, in which Great Britain's Matthew HUDSON-SMITH and Norway's double-chasing 400m hurdles champion Karsten WARHOLM will also be medal contenders.
Double world indoor and outdoor champion Mariya LASITSKENE, born in Russia but competing as an Authoried Neutral Athlete, is the outstanding favourite for the women's high jump, while medals will also be decided in the men's 800m and 110m hurdles, and the women's triple jump and javelin.
The morning qualifiers will see two athletes begin their bids for a fourth European title - France's world record holder Renaud LAVILLENIE in the men's pole vault, and Poland's Anita WLODARCZYK in the women's hammer.
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