Oslo Diamond League 1500 Meter Race Turns into Instant Classic

Oslo Diamond League 1500 Meter Race Turns into Instant Classic

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Jakob Ingebrigtsen led the charge to an all-time great 1500 meters at the Oslo Diamond League. Ingebrigsten won the race in 3:27.95, a European Record. He led eight total athletes to go under 3:30 for 1500 meters. Amidst all that, an array of Personal, National, and Area records were broken. Notably, Yared Nuguse broke the American Record in 3:29.02 to finish third in the race.

Ingebrigtsen’s Dominant Performance

Ingebrigtsen crushed his European Record. But the win may have been even more impressive. In a field that included multiple Commonwealth, European, and Olympic medalists, he was able to still come away with a dominant win.

When the pacer stepped off after 1,000 meters, Ingebrigtsen was right there and immediately took over the front. He wasted no time and in typical fashion, kept the pace even and hot. His typical forward lead pressed as athletes jostled behind. Even though is form is extremely smooth, he was clearly hurting. Ingebrigtsen’s breathing became very heavy as he went to his arms even more in those final stages of the race.

When Ingebrigtsen broke the line, he was clearly exhausted. But as soon as he looked up at the clock, he let out a roar while pumping his fists. Not only had he broken the European Record and now had the sixth fastest 1500m performance of all time, but he had won the race. It can be sometimes overlooked in how important winning can be, especially in a deep field like this.

For Ingebrigtsen, a performance like this in front of his hometown Norwegian crowd must have been a moment he will never forget. A win by the Norwegian in one of the greatest 1500m fields ever assembled will forever be legendary in Oslo.

Nuguse Leads OAC Teammates to Shine

Yared Nuguse ran a spectacular race to set a 4+ second personal best in 3:29.02. His time broke the American Record, making it his third AR of the year. Not only did Nuguse get this spectacular time, he was third in the race. Nuguse proved, yet again, that he is competitive with the best 1500m runners in the world. He looked as though he may tie up with 400 meters to go, but he found that extra strength and his signature close to hold of the hoard of elites in pursuit.

The On Athletics Club (OAC) is continuing to turn into one of the best professional teams in the world. Based out of Boulder, Colorado, with former American Distance Star Dathan Ritzenhein as the head coach, a special group has arisen. Today, Ritzenhein had his athlete, Nuguse, lead two other of his teammates under 3:30.

Mario Garcia Romo closed into a fifth place finish in 3:29.18. He finished as the second Spaniard in the field, behind Mohammed Katir, who was second. This improves upon his PB of 3:30.20 from the World Championship final last year. It is another strong result in his rookie campaign as he looks to move onto the podium at the World Championships this year.

Oliver Hoare ran a hard race to finish in 7th place with his first sub-3:30 effort, in 3:29.41. He ran boldly, putting himself into 4th for most of the race, even moving into third with 200 meters to go. Although the pack swallowed him up in the final 100 meters, he still smashed the Oceania Record and the Australian National Record. It is a good sign for the Commonwealth Champion as he heads deeper into Summer racing.

Looking Forward

Although the times may be exciting to look at, the competition is what really matters. There were quite a few new names right up in the mix of things.

The French athlete, Azeddine Hab, set a two second PB to be right in the mix in sixth. Two places back, another young Norwegian just broke 3:30, and his last name is not Ingebrigtsen. Narve Gilje Nordas ran 3:29.47 for 8th. He is coached by Gjert Ingebrigtsen, who has yet another athlete finding success under his innovative training system.

With even more athletes finding success, it seems as though the race for the 1500m podium at the World Championships in Budapest will be extremely competitive. The podium seems as though it has a whole host of potential medal contenders.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen seems as though he has a death grip on the 1500m currently. But as is the case any other year, anything can happen come Championship season. It will be interesting to see who else steps up to try and challenge him.

When Cathal Dennehy asked about competing against Jake Wightman, who won the 1500m World Title last season, Ingebrigtsen had this to say.

With these new rivalries and heart-pounding racing taking place, it seems as though a thrilling season is ahead. The quest for those World Medals continue, and it will be a fascinating road to the World Championships in Budapest.

Stay tuned for further professional Track & Field content, including meet previews, race analysis, and season projections. 

Featured image courtesy of Marta Gorcyznska

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