Olympic Games: Ingebrigtsen strikes the blow and consecrates himself in the 1,500 meters


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Olympic Games: Ingebrigtsen strikes the blow and consecrates himself in the 1,500 meters

Tokyo, Aug 7 (EFE).- The Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen beat the Kenyan in the 100-meter sprint Timothy Cheruiyot in a final of 1,500 meters that ended in a new Olympic record (3: 28.32), returning to Europe a title that it had not won since Fermín Cacho in Barcelona’92.

The bronze medal went to the British Josh Kerr, who with a time of 3: 29.05 was four hundredths of reaching Cheruiyot, while Adel Mechaal, who had been fourth in the 2017 World Cup in London, came fifth with a record of 3: 30.77 that places him fourth Spanish of all time, ahead of the historical José Luis González.

Cheruiyot, 25, was undefeated in his 10 races in the past two years until he lost in the last Kenyan championships to Charles Simotwo, but his Monaco mark (3: 28.28), ninth of all time, returned him his status as a favorite.

His compatriot Abel Kipsang had broken, in the semifinals, the Olympic record with 3: 31.65, and both faced the 20-year-old Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen, champion and European record holder, who had chosen this distance for his Olympic debut.

The penultimate round had claimed a designated victim: the American Matt Centrowitz, champion in Rio 2016.

The fight between the two favorites broke out already in the first round. Ingebrigtsen took the lead but Cheruiyot immediately took the lead to set a hellish pace with his long stride.

At the bell the two had left, and at the exit of the last corner, with amazing ease, the Norwegian left him nailed to win with 3: 28.32, an Olympic record.

Cheruiyot (3: 29.01) was only four hundredths away from also handing over the silver to Josh Kerr, but was finally able to contain the Briton. The second Kenyan, Abel Kipsang, finished fourth with 3: 29.56. EFE


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