Norwegian Ingebrigtsen breaks the 2000 meters record in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Norwegian runner Jakob Ingebrijtsen broke the 24-year-old world record for the rare 2,000 meters at the Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday.

On a warm evening in the Belgian capital, the 22-year-old runner, world champion in the 5,000-meter race and Olympic champion in the 1,500-meter race, clocked 4 minutes 43.13 seconds, breaking the previous record of 4:44.79 minutes set by Moroccan Hicham El-Hajj. El Guerrouj in 1999.

Ingebrijtsen, who set a world record in the two-mile race in Paris in June, said he got help from pacemakers that went a little further than expected and is now hungry for more records from his 1,500m specialization in Ultimate range up to 1500 metres. marathon.

“I think I’m at a point in my career where I can challenge all the records as well. So that will continue to be the goal going forward,” he said in a press conference.

Other standout performances at the penultimate Diamond League pre-finals meeting in Eugene next weekend include Jamaican sprinter Sherika Jackson in the 200m and Japan’s Haruka Kitaguchi, world champion in the javelin throw last month.

Jackson was too strong for the competition, but after aiming for a world record on Brussels’ new fastest track, she had to settle for a Diamond League record of 21.48 seconds, seven hundredths of a second off her winning run at the recent Budapest World Championships. This month, it is the second fastest women’s 200 meters race ever.

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Kitaguchi cleared the 2023 world leading distance of 67.38m in the final round to secure victory over a strong women’s javelin lineup.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Dutch world champion Vimke Paul broke the competition to set a record of 52.11 seconds in the meeting.

Jamaican Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Hera, the world’s fastest still competitive sprinter, showed she is back in form after an injury-plagued season by winning the 100m in a season’s best of 10.84 seconds.

In the women’s 1500m, Britain’s Laura Muir needed a season-best time of 3 minutes 55.34 seconds to beat Ciara Magian, who set the Irish national record of 3:55.87, in a close competition on the line.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; additional reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk) Editing by Toby Davis

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