Redemption for Norway’s Ingebrigtsen with 5,000 metre world title

Redemption for Norway’s Ingebrigtsen with 5,000 metre world title

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen emerged victorious in the 5,000 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest on Sunday, redeeming himself after a disappointing performance in the 1,500 meters earlier in the week. Despite battling illness, the 22-year-old overtook Spain’s Mohamed Katir in the final 50 meters, finishing with a time of 13 minutes 11.30 seconds. Katir claimed the silver medal with a time of 13:11.44, while Jacob Krop of Kenya secured the bronze with a time of 13:12.28.

In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Ingebrigtsen expressed the challenges he faced leading up to the race. He mentioned feeling dizzy throughout the day and experiencing discomfort during warm-up, which had been the case for the past few days. Despite these obstacles, he emphasized the significance of his victory.

Ingebrigtsen’s defeat in the 1,500 meters by Britain’s Josh Kerr mirrored his experience at last year’s world championships, where he was narrowly beaten by Briton Jake Wightman. However, he demonstrated resilience in the 5,000 meters, strategically positioning himself towards the back of the pack before making a move in the final 200 meters. The oppressive heat and humidity in Budapest added to the challenge.

Reflecting on his win, Ingebrigtsen admitted to feeling exhausted but acknowledged the effectiveness of his energy-saving strategy. He proudly displayed a first-place gesture for the cameras during the introductions.

Notably, this was only Ingebrigtsen’s second 5,000-meter race of the season, with his first taking place in the semi-finals in Budapest. However, he had previously showcased his capabilities by breaking the 26-year-old world record in the two-mile event at the Paris Diamond League in June.

Ingebrigtsen expressed his frustration with falling ill, describing it as a nightmare. As the gold medalist in the 1,500 meters at the Tokyo Olympics, he expressed disappointment with his current situation and hoped to avoid similar circumstances in the future.

Katir, the silver medalist, acknowledged Ingebrigtsen’s dominance but expressed optimism about his own progress. He mentioned giving his all in the race and recognized Ingebrigtsen as the current world’s best. Katir aimed to continue improving step by step and ultimately achieve a complete collection of medals, particularly with the upcoming Olympic year.

Katir also mentioned hearing the coach’s instructions for a change in pace, which motivated him to make a move. However, Ingebrigtsen ultimately outperformed him in the final meters. Despite his disappointment, Katir acknowledged the value of his silver medal.

Unfortunately, Uganda’s Oscar Chelimo did not finish the race, withdrawing due to a hamstring injury with two laps remaining.

In conclusion, Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s victory in the 5,000 meters at the World Athletics Championships marked a triumphant comeback after his disappointment in the 1,500 meters. Despite facing illness and challenging conditions, Ingebrigtsen strategically executed his race plan, securing the gold medal. Mohamed Katir, the silver medalist, recognized Ingebrigtsen’s superiority but remained hopeful for future success.

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