Australia’s middle-distance talent shone brightly at Oslo’s renowned Bislett Games for leg six of the Diamond League. The race was headlined by Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s jaw-dropping performance and a stunning national and area record from Oliver Hoare.
With three national indoor records to his name, Hoare (coach: Dathan Ritzenhein) delivered his first outdoor national record with a dazzling 3:47.48 to finish in second place in a race suitably named the Dream Mile — with only hometown hero Jakob Ingebrigtsen able to take down the Australian.
Hoare raced in his typically aggressive fashion in a bid to place the Olympic champion under pressure. He did so as Ingebrigtsen was forced to deliver a world-leading, national, and Diamond League record of 3:46.46 to fend off the Australian.
Ingebrigssen seemingly has won all that he can in the middle distances. At 21, he is still young, so cannot be faulted for not having won the mile in Oslo, until now.
His main event performance brought the 15,000 fans at the Bislett Stadion to their feet.
Just outside the European record but Jakob Ingebrigtsen moves to sixth on the world all-time list with victory in the Dream Mile in Oslo!— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) June 16, 2022
🇲🇦 El Guerrouj 3:43.13
🇰🇪 Ngeny 3:43.30
🇩🇿 Morceli 3:44.39
🇬🇧 Cram 3:46.32
🇰🇪 Komen 3:46.38
🇳🇴 Ingebrigtsen 3:46.46#DiamondLeague pic.twitter.com/Pr4OQORFw1
The field was paced through 400m in 56.01 and then 800m in 1:53.30. Hoare stuck close behind while the UK’s Jake Wightman was following in third.
Ingebrigtsen kicked hard down the home straight and crossed the line having taken nearly a second off his own Norwegian record and moving up to sixth on the world all-time list. The performance is 0.14 shy of Steve Cram’s European record.
Hoare broke the Oceania record and moved to 13th on the world all-time list. Wightman was third in a PB of 3:50.30. Charles Grethen of Luxembourg who finished fifth clocked a 3:53.20 finish time for a new personal best and national record.
“It was a special race. The Oslo Diamond League for Australians has seen a lot of records set there, it’s just a special place and tradition. For me to go out there to represent and continue that is an absolute privilege,” Hoare said.
“To have the Olympic gold medallist from Norway getting the full crowd cheering and roaring, it was pretty intimidating but also awesome to be a part of. I tried to put pressure on him [Ingebrigtsen] but he’s a lot stronger than me right now, I am really happy with that but there is still work to do.”
“I was ready to run fast and was happy to do that and to win,” said the world indoor silver medallist. “Some work needs to be done before the World Championships, but I will work hard to be in better shape there.
“Last year I was sick and couldn’t race here, so it was even more special here tonight, as being the first Norwegian to win the Dream Mile. Doing things nobody else has done before is really great.”