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Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen wins men’s 1500-meter gold in record time at Tokyo Olympics

We have a new Olympic record in the 1500-meter race. Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen smashed the record.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Team Norway reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 1500m Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen won gold in Saturday’s 1500-meter race at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, and did so in record fashion. Ingebrigtsen ran the race in 3:28.32, which broke a record set two days prior. Kenya’s Abel Kipsang had run a semifinal race in a then-record 3:31.65.

Ingebrigtsen entered the race with the second best odds to win at DraftKings Sportsbook, behind Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot, who was a +125 favorite. Cheruiyot claimed the silver on Saturday with a time of 3:29.01. Great Britain racer Josh Kerr won the bronze medal with a time of 3:29.05.

This is Ingebrigtsen’s first appearance in the Olympics. The 20-year old had dominated Norwegian racing primarily across the 800-meter, 1500-meter, and 3000-meter races. Prior to 2021, he had mixed results in 2019. He finished second in the 1500-meter at the European Indoor Championships in Scotland and fourth at the World Championships in Qatar.

The race included one American, Cole Hocker. He finished with a time of 3:31.40, which was a personal best.