Jakob Ingebrigtsen, having already shattered the 2-mile World Best during the Diamond League meeting in Paris has now put his sights on an even greater feat. On September 8th, at the penultimate Diamond League meeting of the season in Brussels, he will go for the world record of over 2000m at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme.
Ingebrigtsen who ran 7.54.10 to beat Daniel Komen’s old 2-mile best by several seconds early in the season will now target the 4.44.79 set by Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj in 1999. Considering that Ingebrigtsen obliterated the 2-mile best by almost five seconds, it seems likely that he will have a good shot at taking the 2000 World record as well.
Ingebrigtsen currently holds the world indoor record for the 1500m as well as the Diamond League records for the one mile. Last September, he clinched his first Diamond League title in the 1500m. In the 2023 season, he has so far been unstoppable, securing four consecutive wins and breaking three meeting records.
In Brussels, the 2000m will replace the 1500m on the programme, and Diamond League points will count towards the 1500m qualification standings. The Wanda Diamond League, renowned as the premier one-day meeting series in athletics, features 14 of the most prestigious events in global track and field. Athletes vie for points in the 13 series meetings, aiming to qualify for the Wanda Diamond League Final in Eugene on 16th-17th September.
Considering that Jakob Ingebrigtsen is still only 22 years old his accomplishments are truly mindboggling.