Ingebrigtsen has Norwegian record in his sights | 17.08.2012
The venue he hopes to attack the record in is Rieti in Italy where he will contest the 3000m just two days after running the 1500m in Brussels at the beginning of September.
"I hope to have a shot at the Norwegian record which I think stands at around 7.40," said Ingebrigtsen. The record of 7:40.77 was set in 2001 in Brussels by Marius Bakken.
"At any rate the idea is to run as fast as possible and I would not have anything against setting a Norwegian record for a third time this year." So far the 21year old has set two 1500m records, the first coming in Stanford California of 3:36.39 and the second in the Olympic final when he crossed the line in 3:35.43.
More immediately, Ingebrigtsen will be running in Lausanne next Thursday as long as he feels fit enough after his London exertions. Following his Olympic campaign, he felt drained physically and psychologically and then lay in bed with flu for four days.
On Tuesday, however, he felt sufficiently recovered to undertake some interval training at home in Sandnes to add to the session he also completed in the morning.
"I obviously needed to rest after the hard races I had in London," explained Ingebrigtsen. "But after four days in bed I feel a lot better. My body responded well to the session and I am much more positive now about the rest of the season than I was a couple of days ago."
Before he makes a final decision on racing in Lausanne, however, Ingebrigtsen needs to have another hard session: "There is no point in me facing a whole load of African runners unless I feel as fit as I was in the Olympic final," he said.
He is, nonetheless, determined to compete in the Norwegian championships the weekend after this: "First and foremost I am targeting the 800m and 1500m," said Ingebrigtsen.