News : Jakob Ingebrigtsen – Mohamed Katir: An era duel?
Maybe we are packing ourselves. Perhaps for two good races we should not throw the bells flying and the logical thing would be to wait for Mo Katir to consolidate himself in the elite, to show in a great championship that under pressure he is also capable of performing at this exalted level that he has shown us. in Karlsruhe and, above all, in Florence at the Golden Gala. But after the exhibition of the athlete from Mule, it is difficult to stop the emotions.
If the Asics athlete was a show, the Jakob Ingebrigtsen thing was absolute legend. In his case it is less surprising because he has spent years (despite his extreme youth – he is 20 years old -) making it clear that he is a period athlete, a figure that will be talked about for years and years if his head and injuries are allow.
Two ‘lads’ that scare
Jakob established a new European Record. He stopped the clock at 12.48.45 and left the African army in the ditch, which arrived with everything, with the Ethiopian Gebrhiwet, with the world record holder Cheptegei, the world champion Edris, Bekele, Kimeli. The ‘best’ of all is that the youngest of the brothers Ingebrigtsen is so versatile that he is capable of being Olympic champion in the 1,500 or 5,000. And up to 10,000 if it were put.
Katir, who crossed the line at 12.50.79, two seconds behind the Norwegian, went straight to greet Jakob. Two Europeans in the top four of such a test is unheard of, of other times. Mohamed has also proven to be a huge 1,500 athlete (he has lowered his minimum to 3.33 this year).
They promise to live a duel of rising stars (Mo is 23 years old), of athletes with an exceptional present and future. Let us dream of something great already at the Olympics. We do not know if Katir will run the ‘milqui’, the 5,000 or both. If he wanted to, he could double, although to do so he must maintain the tremendous peak in a way that he treasures right now.