Ingebrigtsen clocked 13:11.30 to cut the tape ahead of Spain’s Mohammed Katir and Jacob Krop who finished second and third respectively.
Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen on Sunday night destroyed a strong field to successfully defend his 5000m world title at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Ingebrigtsen clocked 13:11.30 to cut the tape ahead of Spain’s Mohammed Katir and Jacob Krop who finished second and third respectively. Ishmael Kipkurui finished distant 10th.
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The race started off with more than 10 men, two Kenyans lining up for the hotly contested men’s 5000m race with each hoping for a podium finish. With four of the five fastest men in history in the race, it was surely going to be a thriller.
During last year’s edition, Ingebrigtsen displayed a lot of maturity to clinch the title and the Norwegian was coming back for title defense. Ingebrigtsen was running in the middle of the pack, with the hope of bagging a gold medal since he settled for silver in the 1500m earlier.
A brilliant runner, Krop started off running in the middle with Kipkurui running at the front. After 900m, Kipkurui, the World junior cross-country champion, was now leading the race with a faster pace, something that stunned the fans.
Krop was still running in the middle and Uganda’s Chelimo was following Kipkurui who was now opening a huge gap between him and the other runners after two laps. Ingebrigtsen was not reacting to Kipkurui’s move and was still running at the back.
After 2200m, the Ethiopians decided the gap must close, led by Berihu Aregawi and Hagos Gebrhiwet, who are very experienced long-distance runners.
After 2800, the 18-year-old Kenyan had now been swallowed by the pack and was now running in sixth place passing the 3000m mark. Gebrhiwet was now leading the pack, with Aregawi slowly following behind.
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Krop was now running in seventh place, passing the 3400m mark and Kipkurui was slowly being pushed to the back.
Passing the 4000m mark, Krop had now climbed to third place with the defending champion still running behind, in fifth place. At this mark, no athlete was making a move. Kipkurui had now faded and was running in 10th place.
Katir looked comfortable taking the lead but Ingebrigtsen was too smart and his tactics played well for me as he took the title. He took the title in a Season’s Best time of 13:11.30.