Jakob Ingebrigtsen goes from ‘eight-year-old professional’ to 1500m gold

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  • Norwegian, 20, clocks record time of 3min 28.32sec
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Track and field’s most fascinating science experiment has ended in an Olympic 1500m gold medal for Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who has been training as a professional since he was eight. The 20-year-old has long been tipped for greatness after becoming the youngest man to break the four-minute mile at 16. On a muggy Tokyo night the Norwegian, who has been coached by his father, Gjert, since primary school, emphatically confirmed it.

“I feel like I have wanted this my whole life,” he said after powering to gold in an Olympic record of 3min 28.32sec. He had too. But as Ingebrigtsen sped away Britain’s Josh Kerr bravely hung on to finish in bronze, with the Kenyan Timothy Cheriyiot claiming silver.

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