Ingebrigtsens make headlines again in Stanford

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Henrik Ingebrigtsen won the 5000m at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford in a lifetime best and world-leading mark of 13:16.97

Jakob Ingebrigtsen had yet another red letter day in his precocious career on Thursday (3) evening at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, California.

Not only did the 17-year-old open his summer campaign with victory in the 1500m in a lifetime best and European Championships qualifying time of 3:39.06, Ingebrigtsen produced a last lap of 55.24 to put a clear margin between himself and a stellar field which included reigning two Olympic medallists.

Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo finished second to Ingebrigtsen in 3:40.16 while reigning Olympic 1500m champion Matt Centrowitz was only sixth in 3:40.74.

While Jakob and Filip Ingebrigtsen both had standout seasons in 2017 with the latter winning a medal in the 1500m at the IAAF World Championships, Henrik Ingebrigtsen missed the majority of the outdoor campaign with injury but the oldest of the Ingebrigtsen brothers is back in shape.

Henrik stepped up to the 5000m and shaved more than 10 seconds off his lifetime best with a 13:16.97, also an early season world-leading mark.

The 5000m and 10,000m at the European Championships in Berlin have been cast wide open with the retirement of Mo Farah from the track but Henrik, who won the 1500m title in Helsinki in 2012, defeated a handful of fellow medal aspirants in Stanford.

Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa was fourth in 13:18.83, one place ahead of France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi who clocked 13:20.53 on his 5000m debut. Mekhissi is planning to contest both the 3000m steeplechase and the 5000m in Berlin. 

Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli lowered his PB to 13:21.09 to finish seventh while Chris Thompson, 37, was 11th in a British over-35 record of 13:25.29.

There was also a notable breakthrough on the track for Soufiane Bouchikhi in the 10,000m. The 28-year-old broke the 28-minute barrier for the first time in his career, finishing second in 27:41.20 behind Shadrack Kipchirchir from the United States (27:39.65).

Eighth at the last edition of the European Championships in Amsterdam, Bouchikhi will no doubt have aspirations of far surpassing his performance in Berlin this August.