Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen shatters 25-year-old 2-mile record

Norwegian runner Jakob Ingebrigtsen won gold at the Tokyo Olympics at 20 years old. Judging from his performance Friday, Paris could be even better next year.

With a previously unthinkable time of 7:54.10, Ingebrigtsen, now 22 years old, shattered the world record for the fastest two miles in history Friday at the Diamond League Paris meet. Basically, he ran two sub-4-minute miles, blowing away the field in the process.

Ingebrigtsen's time broke a record that had stood for more than 25 years. Kenya's Daniel Komen previously held the title with a 7:58.61 time set on July 19, 1997, the only other sub-8-minute time in history.

Kenya's Ishmael Kipkurui finished second at 8:09.23, while Kuma Girma of Ethiopia came in third at 8:10.34.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, of Norway, crosses the finish line to win the Men 2 miles race setting a new world record during the Meeting de Paris Diamond League athletics meet in Paris, Friday, June 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Jakob Ingebrigtsen ran the fastest two miles in history in Paris on Friday. Will he do it again next year? (AP Photo/Michel Euler) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The record was apparently something of a surprise for Ingebrigtsen, per his comments after the race via

"Being able to make this record feels amazing. It is my first world best outdoors.

"The pace felt very smooth for me, coming out of the 1,500. I would say it was a good race. The public was amazing; without their help, it would have been more difficult. I was a bit surprised about the time in the end."

Ingebrigtsen first found stardom in 2021 when he captured the 1,500-meter title in Tokyo, defeating archrival Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya for the first time in 13 races.

With the 2024 Olympics now only a year away, Ingebrigtsen will once again be a name to watch, potentially in both the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter. He was planning to attempt the ambitious program in 2021 before dropping out of the 5,000 the week before the races.