Great Britain’s Josh Kerr claimed victory in the Bowerman Mile at the 2024 Diamond League Prefontaine Classic, outpacing Norway’s reigning champion, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, before a near-capacity crowd. Dubbed the “mile of the century,” this race lived up to its billing as Kerr surged ahead with 600 meters to go, maintaining his lead to finish in a record-breaking 3:45.34.

Kerr’s remarkable performance shattered Steve Cram’s 39-year-old British mile record and set a new world-leading time for the season. His achievement also placed him among the ten fastest mile times ever recorded, marking a personal best in his burgeoning career. Meanwhile, Olympic 1500m champion Ingebrigtsen finished a close second with a time of 3:45.60, followed by American Yared Nuguse at 3:46.22.

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This victory is more than just a win for Kerr; it adds a dramatic new chapter to his escalating rivalry with Ingebrigtsen. Their competitive tension began in Budapest, where Kerr clinched the world title. Since then, the two athletes have engaged in a war of words through the media. Ingebrigtsen initially attributed his losses to not being at his best, prompting Kerr to publicly question his rival’s confidence.

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The rivalry heated up further when Ingebrigtsen boldly claimed he could have beaten Kerr “blindfolded” after Kerr set a world indoor 2-mile record at the 2024 Millrose Games. Despite the tension, both athletes maintained professionalism during the Prefontaine Classic press conference, sitting side by side without confrontation but leaving no doubt about their competitive fire.


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 Kerr’s second consecutive win over Ingebrigtsen, who remains in impressive form despite recent injuries, sets the stage for a highly anticipated showdown at the Paris Olympic Games. In a post-race interview, Kerr expressed confidence in his future performances, emphasizing that he’s still not at his peak. “I’m consistently moving towards the Olympics, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t be fitter when it comes to these races,” he said, hinting at even greater achievements to come.

Ingebrigtsen, while acknowledging his fitness was better than expected, framed the race as a strategic preparation rather than a final test. “Today was more of a time trial for me,” he stated, indicating his focus on refining his performance for the Olympics.

As the athletics world eagerly anticipates their next encounter, the Kerr-Ingebrigtsen rivalry promises to deliver more electrifying races. The road to Paris is heating up, and if the Prefontaine Classic is any indication, fans are in for a spectacular show. The dynamic between these two top athletes ensures that every race leading up to the Olympics will be closely watched, adding an extra layer of excitement to the sport.

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In summary, Kerr’s victory at the Prefontaine Classic not only breaks records but also sets the stage for one of the most thrilling rivalries in track and field history. As both athletes push each other to new heights, their competition is sure to captivate audiences around the world, culminating in what promises to be a memorable showdown in Paris.