Team Cheruiyot lose in virtual race


Team Cheruiyot lose in virtual race
Team Cheruiyot competing at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • The Norway trio of Henrik, Filip and Jakob Ingebrigsten claimed victory at the Maurie Plant Memorial 2000m virtual race, one of the events in the Impossible Games held Thursday night
  • The Ingebrigsten brothers defeated their Kenyan counterparts- Team Cheruiyot which comprised of world 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot, Commonwealth Games champion Elijah Manangoi and Edwin Meli

The Norway trio of Henrik, Filip and Jakob Ingebrigsten claimed victory at the Maurie Plant Memorial 2000m virtual race, one of the events in the Impossible Games held Thursday night.

It was also a night that saw a number of records fall.

The Ingebrigsten brothers defeated their Kenyan counterparts- Team Cheruiyot which comprised of world 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot, Commonwealth Games champion Elijah Manangoi and Edwin Meli.

The exhibition event of the Oslo Diamond League was held concurrently at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo and Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

As was highly anticipated, the difference manifested itself in the race which was run some 4000miles apart with the Kenyans particularly struggling with weather having to brave heavy downpour at the capital Nairobi which also stands at 1795 metres above the sea level compared to Oslo’s 23 metres.

In Oslo, Jakob- the youngest of the brothers was the first to cross the finish line in 4:50.01 (European record) ahead of Henrik who clocked 4:53.72 while Filip placed third in 4:56.91

Cheruiyot clocked the fourth- fastest time in the race of 5:03.05 to lead his Kenyan compatriots with Meli placing fifth and second in Kenya in 5:13.12 while Manangoi came home sixth and third in 5:18.63.

In overall, Team Ingebrigsten clocked while Team Cheruiyot attained

“Cheruiyot was our main competitor. Its not easy beating a world champion, but we did it,” said Jakob.

At the same event, Karlsten Warholm who was competing alone clocked a new world record

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