Jakob Ingebrigtsen Smashes Norwegian 5km Record

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: an Ingebrigtsen brother broke a Norwegian national record on Wednesday as 19-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen ran a 13:29 road 5km in Stavanger, Norway, to better Sondre Moen’s 13:37 mark from 2019.

The race is the first known sanctioned distance running competition since the coronavirus outbreak paused sporting events around the world in mid-March. For Jakob, the event was his first in 2020 after he was forced to sit out the indoor season due to injury.

For those who have been stuck in quarantine for months as a response to social distancing guidelines, the sight of a large crowd like the one that assembled on Wednesday in Stavanger was jarring. Organizers said that the event would follow Norway's social distance guidelines; the Norwegian government recently approved public gatherings of 50 people, although many more than that appeared to be standing in close quarters near the finish line. [Shrug emoji]

Jakob and his older brother Henrik emerged from a five man pack after the halfway point to battle for the victory and national record. The pair dramatically ratcheted down the tempo after splitting a modest 6:59 through 2500m, and 29-year-old Henrik was no match for his younger sibling in the final 400 meters.

Henrik crossed the line a few seconds back in 13:32 unofficially, also under the previous record.

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