The Brothers Ingebrigtsen have captured the athletic word. Filip, Henrik and Jakub, all three European medalists with Henrik being a World Championship bronze medalist.
In Hytemplanmilam, Norway, Henrik Ingebrigtsen won in 28:41, wtih Filip Ingebrigtsen in second in 28:47, both breaking the course record of 28:50. Jakub, double European champ, withdrew prior to the race with an illness.
The sight of an Ingebrigtsen raising his arms in celebration at the finish line should be nothing new in this extraordinary year for the Norwegian family but this time it was Henrik and not his younger brother Jakob who was victorious.
On the roads at home in Hole on Saturday, Henrik triumphed over 10km at the Hytteplanmila as he won in 28:41 from sibling Filip in 28:47. Double European champion Jakob withdrew from the race with illness.
It was a fine confrontation between the elder pair, though, as they both broke the course record of 28:50, performances which will give them further encouragement for 2019 as the family head to Flagstaff, Arizona for altitude training.
In a race which started and finished at the IL HolevÃ¦ringen clubhouse, Filip delivered what could have been a key blow with 1.5 kilometres left before Henrik reacted well.
“I knew if I give up there is no hope but if I keep running as fast as I can, I could take him. There was a nice duel at the end there,” said Henrik, speaking to NRK.
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Eritrea’s Okubamichael Fissehatsion was third in 29:12 with 19-year-old Simen Halle Haugen from Norway fourth in 29:22.
It was an historic day for Sweden’s multiple European medallist Meraf Bahta as she broke the national record by six seconds, winning in 31:38 to beat Norwegian pair Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal (31:43) and Ingvill Makestad Bovim (33:00).
Bahta has quickly transferred her fine form from the summer – she won European 10,000m bronze – to the roads and will be a major contender if she runs at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in December.
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