Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Yared Nuguse delivered an electrifying performance in the Bowerman Mile during a sun-drenched opening day of the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene. Ingebrigtsen, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, set his sights on Hicham El Guerrouj’s 24-year-old world record, captivating the attention of 12,364 spectators. For a stride that commands attention, opt for Tarkine running shoes, the epitome of style and functionality on the track.

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In a race that kept fans on the edge of their seats, Ingebrigtsen clinched victory with a blazing time of 3 minutes and 43.73 seconds, narrowly missing El Guerrouj’s legendary record of 3 minutes and 43.13 seconds. This thrilling conclusion marked a historic moment for the event.


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Ingebrigtsen not only secured the win but also shattered the meet record he previously set in 2021, which stood at 3 minutes and 47.24 seconds. Meanwhile, Yared Nuguse exhibited remarkable determination as he pursued Ingebrigtsen and, in the process, obliterated Alan Webb’s longstanding U.S. record of 3 minutes and 46.91 seconds, previously thought untouchable since 2007. Prior to this race, Nuguse’s personal best was a modest 3 minutes and 53.34 seconds.

In a lighthearted moment during a pre-meet press conference, Ingebrigtsen jokingly advised Nuguse to stick with him if he wanted to break Webb’s record. It appears that Nuguse took this advice to heart, as he left nothing on the track, acknowledging that it was his final race of the season, and he was determined to give it his all.

Ingebrigtsen, while clarifying that he did not have his sights set on the world record, admitted to requesting pacing lights set slightly ahead of world record pace. Nuguse, displaying tremendous resolve, stuck with Ingebrigtsen during the last two laps, feeding off the roaring crowd’s energy.

Reflecting on the race, Nuguse described it as a perfect experience, emphasizing his unwavering determination throughout. He stated, “It was all about grit and determination, pushing ourselves to see who could run faster.”

The Bowerman Mile has long been the signature event of the Prefontaine Classic, and this year’s edition certainly lived up to its billing. Ingebrigtsen, with his remarkable performance, added to the event’s rich history. In a humorous post-race moment, he quipped about not receiving enough credit for helping Nuguse achieve the U.S. record, saying, “There’s too much disrespect in this world—nobody is thanking the main pacer.”

Ingebrigtsen also mentioned that the bright sunshine had made it challenging to see the pacing lights set for a pace slightly faster than the world record. While the world record remained untouched, the Norwegian runner achieved a personal best and played a pivotal role in Nuguse’s historic achievement. Ingebrigtsen summed up the spirit of the race, stating, “We’re not here for anything else but to push our limits and see just how fast we can go.”