European XC Champs and Inaugural Abu Dhabi Marathon

Ingebrigtsens Lead The Way for Norway at the Euro XC Championships

It was another proud day for Norwegian running, and once more it was the Ingebrigtsen brothers that lead the way. First out, younger brother Jakob won the individual gold in the U20 competition. This was the third consecutive win for Jakob, who had originally wanted to compete in the open class, but the 18-year-old was denied because of the 20 years minimum age limit. As if that was not enough, the results from compatriots Simen Halle Haugen and Håkon Stavik who placed 5th and 22nd respectively, were enough to secure Norwegian gold in the team competition as well.

Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal claimed her fourth consecutive bronze medal in the women’s open race. Her late charge for the win was not enough to upset Fabienne Schlumpf in second and Yasemin Can of Turkey, who took her third consecutive gold in the competition.

In the men’s open class, it was all about Filip Ingebrigtsen, who claimed an unexpected win ahead of Belgian Isaac Kimeli and Turkey’s Aras Kaya after edging out the competition in a sprint finish. Speaking to the domestic press after his win, Filip Ingebrigtsen spoke about how he had tried to work on his weaknesses over the past couple of years, and the last twelve months in particular. Having previously been the brother with the least pedigree in both cross country and longer distances, he told the press that he had worked on his base endurance, and felt fitter than ever. Seeing how much he had improved motivated him to make more of an effort in the long distances on the track in the future.

Filip Ingebrigtsen running at the 2018 Euro XC Champs.
Photo by GettyImages, from European Athletics.

For full coverage of all the races at the Euro XC champs, head on over to the official European Athletics website.

Fast Times and Controversy at the Inaugural Abu Dhabi Marathon

Newly crowned half marathon world record holder, Abraham Kiptum, was the big favourite at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Marathon. The Kenyan had to settle for second, however, after finishing 2:04:16, which was twelve seconds behind his fellow countryman Marius Kipserem.

That said, the good folks over at Letsrun are not convinced that the course was accurately measured, and they have provided convincing arguments to back up their stance. It will be interesting to see if the fast finishing times are ratified and included in the IAAF yearly best lists.

Kipchoge Named World Athlete of The Year by IAAF

All-time marathon great Eliud Kipchoge was named the male athlete of the year by the IAAF earlier this week, after running 2:01:39 and obliterating the old marathon world record in Berlin a couple of months back.