Jakob INGEBRIGTSEN (NOR) comes of age to win 1500m crown at 17
BERLIN - Norway’s Jakob INGEBRIGTSEN transformed himself from prodigious junior into astounding senior in the Berlin Olympic Stadium on Friday when he destroyed a classy 1500m field to win European Championship gold at the age of 17.
The youngest of the three INGEBRIGTSENS in the final, Jakob led his two brothers, Henrik and Filip, through the bell and simply kept on running.
The field closed, with Poland’s hugely experienced Marcin LEWANDOWSKI timing his late charge with characteristic efficiency, closely tracked by another increasingly cute operator, Britain’s Commonwealth bronze medallist Jake WIGHTMAN.
But Jakob was not to be denied and family INGEBRIGTSEN was able to celebrate its third European 1500m champion in six years following Henrik’s victory in 2012 and Filip’s two years ago.
“I was wondering if I missed a lap or something,” said the bemused young champion. LEWANDOWSKI clinched silver with WIGHTMAN third.
If young INGEBRIGTSEN was the most astonishing champion from day five’s nine finals, Pascal MARTINOT-LAGARDE (FRA) was the most emotional after winning the 110m hurdles title by two thousandths of a second from Sergey SHUBENKOV (ANA). Both clocked 13.17 seconds in a photo-finish.
While his young compatriot ended the night wearing a Viking helmet, there were no such celebrations for Norway’s world 400m hurdles champion Karsten WARHOLM, whose bid to add the 400m flat title to the one he earned over the barriers on Thursday proved a challenge too far.
Britain’s Matthew HUDSON-SMITH took his first major individual gold in 44.78, while silver went to Belgium’s Kevin BORLEE with twin brother Jonathan getting bronze.
Belgium’s Olympic and world heptathlon champion Nafissatou THIAM took her first European title despite the sustained chellange of Britain’s world indoor champion Katerina JOHNSON-THOMPSON.
The 23-year-old Belgian arrived at the seventh and final discipline, the 800m, with a lead of 192 points, and needed to avoid defeat by more than 13 seconds. JOHNSON-THOMPSON pushed resolutely from gun to tape but despite winning, almost 10 seconds clear of THIAM, it was not enough.
THIAM won gold with a world-leading 6816 points, as silver went to the Briton in a personal best of 6759 and bronze to Carolin SCHAFER (GER).
Germany expected one javelin gold in this stadium - in the men’s event - but now has two thanks to a championship record throw of 67.90m by Christin HUSSONG in the women’s final.
Double world champion Mariya LASITSKENE (ANA) added European gold to the silver she won four years ago when she won the women’s high jump on countback from Bulgaria’s Mirela DEMIREVA.
Ukraine claimed two medals in the women’s 800m thanks to gold medallist Nataliya PRYSHCHEPA and her team-mate Olha LYAKHOVA, who clinched bronze. Renelle LAMOTE (FRA) was sandwiched between in a desperately close finish.
Lea SPRUNGER (SUI) was an exuberant winner of the women’s 400m hurdles and Paraskevi PAPAHRISTOU leapt 14.60m to win the women’s triple jump.
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