Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Yared Nuguse race to the line in the mile at the Prefontaine Classic; putting on a show. The Bowerman Mile capped the first day of the Diamond League finale in Eugene, OR.
Ingebrigtsen bettered his own meet record with a time of 3:43.73. This is the fastest mile in a quarter century. The Norwegian is now the third-fastest miler in history. The current world record is held by Hicham El Gerrouj from 1999 at 3:43.13.
“It’s a very good race, a very good time, but there’s definitely some things that can still possibly improve,” Ingebrigtsen said.
Meanwhile, Yared Nuguse improved the American record with his time of 3:43.97. The former record was held by Alan Webb set in 2007.
“I came in thinking 3:45 would be a really good race for me, and I was really excited to go out and get that,” Nuguse said. “Then I ran like 3:43, a second from the world record. I’m just like, How the hell did I do that?”
Ingebrigtsen had told Nuguse pre-race “Just stick to me as long as you can and you’ll get yourself 3:46.”
Cheeky, but accurate and turned out to be true.
Taking third was Briton George Mills in a new personal best time of 3:47.65.
All 13 finishers clocked well below 4:00. Eleven went sub-3:50.
|1||INGEBRIGTSEN Jakob||NOR||3:43.73 Official AR DLR MR WL PB|
|2||NUGUSE Yared||USA||3:43.97 Official AR PB|
|3||MILLS George||GBR||3:47.65 Official PB|
|4||GARCÍA Mario||ESP||3:47.69 Official NR PB|
|5||CHERUIYOT Reynold Kipkorir||KEN||3:48.06 Official WU20R|
|6||HOCKER Cole||USA||3:48.08 Official PB|
|7||NORDÅS Narve Gilje||NOR||3:48.24 Official PB|
|8||HABZ Azeddine||FRA||3:48.64 Official NR PB|
|9||LAROS Niels||NED||3:48.93 Official NR SB|
|10||McSWEYN Stewart||AUS||3:49.32 Official SB|
|11||TANNER Samuel||NZL||3:49.51 Official PB|
|12||GILES Elliot||GBR||3:51.63 Official PB|
|13||KIPSANG Abel||KEN||3:53.50 Official SB|
400m – 55.9 sec.
800m – 1:51.8 min.
1200m – 2:46.3
The meet continues Sunday.