Gebrhiwet and Ingebrigtsen shine at Oslo Diamond League meet

OSLO: In an electrifying evening of athletics at the Oslo Diamond League meet, Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet and Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen delivered standout performances in the men’s 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters, respectively.

Hagos Gebrhiwet, 30, clinched victory in the men’s 5,000 meters with an astonishing time of 12:36.73, marking the second fastest time ever recorded in this event. Gebrhiwet, whose last major global track medal was a bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, surged past his teammate Yomif Kejelcha with 400 meters to go, completing his final lap in a sizzling 54.99 seconds. Reflecting on his performance, Gebrhiwet expressed satisfaction, stating, “The time I achieved is very nice. The conditions, the crowd was great and it was a very fast race, not easy for me but it was going very well.” He narrowly missed breaking Joshua Cheptegei’s world record of 12:35.36.

Meanwhile, in the men’s 1,500 meters, Jakob Ingebrigtsen delivered a dramatic finish, hurling himself across the finish line to secure a win with a time of 3:29.74, the fastest in the world this season. The Olympic champion edged out Kenyan rival Timothy Cheruiyot by just three-hundredths of a second in a photo-finish. Ingebrigtsen, who had recently been defeated by British competitor Josh Kerr in the mile at Eugene, reflected on his decisive lunge at the finish, saying, “I really do not think that it was the decision I made to dive into the finish line, because everything just happened so fast.”

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