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Jacob Ingebrigtsen is intent on defending his European titles in the 1500m and 5000m events that he won four years ago at the age of 17. Now 21, he holds the European records for both distances and since then has won Olympic and World Championships gold in the 1500m and 5000m, respectively. He also won silver during the Eugene World Athletics Championships in the 1500m distance event.

The European Championships take place from August 15 to the 21st in Munich, Germany. There is a larger sporting event going on from the 11th, making it a 10-day affair in the capital city — the multi-sport event is a one-off affair and the Euros will return to a standalone event in 2024.

Ingebrigtsen holds three European records, one U18 and two U20 European records, four national records as well as one national best in distances from 1500m to 10K on the road.

The Norwegian team also includes Karsten Warholm who is the 400m hurdle Tokyo Olympic champion, reigning Olympic hammer silver medallist Eivind Henriksen and European 3000m steeplechase bronze medallist Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal who has registered for the 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m — perhaps channeling a little of Sifan Hassan who earned one bronze and two gold medals during the Tokyo Olympics in those same three events.

The European Championships take place every second year. Paris 2018 was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.

The meet was first held in 1934 in Turn, Italy. The next edition is scheduled for Rome in 2024.