Ingebrigtsen improves world indoor U20 1500m record to 3:36.02

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Jakob Ingebrigtsen set his second world indoor U20 1500m record of the season at the International PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on Wednesday (20)

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen set his second world indoor U20 1500m record in 10 days at the International PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on Wednesday (20) evening.

Ingebrigtsen opened his season with victory at the Nordenkampen in Baerum on 10 February in 3:36.21 but he improved that mark to 3:36.02 at the final leg of the IAAF World Indoor Tour.

But what was perhaps more noteworthy was Ingebrigtsen took not only the scalp of his brother Filip but also that of Ethiopia’s world indoor champion Samuel Tefera who set a world indoor record of 3:31.04 in Birmingham on Saturday, breaking a mark which had stood since before Tefera and Jakob were born.

Jakob started relatively conservatively and was content to sit in behind both Filip and Tefera in the early stages, giving away the latter around six metres through the 800m mark in 1:54.44. Jakob began to make his move over the course of the next two laps and slotted into Tefera’s slipstream on the penultimate lap.

Tefera tracked teammate Yomif Kejelcha all the way in Birmingham on Saturday but the reigning world indoor champion was the target tonight and Jakob moved onto the newly minted world indoor record-holder’s shoulder around the final bend before powering past Tefera with 40 metres remaining. Jakob won in 3:36.02 ahead of Tefera (3:36.34) with Filip a distant third in 3:38.62.

Not only was Jakob’s time an improvement on his world indoor U20 record, it was also an outright Norwegian indoor record as well as a meeting record. It might have been marginally outside Josh Kerr’s European leading time of 3:35.72 but the Brit is not competing at the Glasgow 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships.

Jakob, however, is very much aiming for Glasgow along with his older brothers Henrik and Filip. The Norwegian team will be announced tomorrow.

Schwanitz and Sidorova maintain winning form in Dusseldorf

Christina Schwanitz hasn’t lost to a European thrower this season and the German extended her winning sequence on home soil in Dusseldorf, surpassing the 19-metre line again with 19.14m to defeat Sweden’s Fanny Roos (18.47m) and Hungary’s reigning world and European indoor champion Anita Marton (18.34m).

With victories in Torun and Dusseldorf as well as a second-place finish in Boston under her belt, Schwanitz also claimed the overall IAAF World Indoor Tour title in the event.

Anzhelika Sidorova followed suit in the pole vault, clearing 4.77m to defeat both Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou (4.67m) and reigning European indoor and outdoor champion Ekaterini Stefanidi (4.62m) to secure the overall title.

Sidorova has won three legs of the IAAF World Indoor Tour in 2019 including Madrid where she cleared a lifetime best and world-leading height of 4.91m.

Poland’s Ewa Swoboda had already secured the overall title in the 60m courtesy of three prior wins on the IAAF World Indoor Tour.

Swoboda ran to form in Dusseldorf with a 7.10 clocking - just 0.02 shy of her season’s best - but that proved insufficient to arrest Marie-Josee Ta Lou who rounded off her indoor campaign with a world-leading time of 7.02.

Swoboda did beat two-time world 200m champion Dafne Schippers for the third time this season, the Dutchwoman finishing third in 7.19.

The men’s 60m hurdles came down to the wire but Spain’s Orlando Ortega narrowly defeated Cyprus’ Milan Trajkovic who were both timed at 7.52.

Reigning world and European indoor champion Andrew Pozzi looked destined to miss the entirety of the indoor campaign due to injury but the Brit has made a faster than expected recovery from injury and was named on the British team for Glasgow on Sunday.

In his first competition of the season, Pozzi made it through to the final before finishing fifth in 7.67.