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17-Year-Old Norwegian Seals Double-Gold In Wonderfully Odd Scenario

17-Year-Old Norwegian Seals Double-Gold In Wonderfully Odd Scenario

If it wasn't incredible enough that Norway's Jakob Ingebrigsten had become the first athlete in history to win the 1500m and 5000m at the same European Championships, maybe the fact that he is only 17-years-old might impress you.

Further still, after yesterday's 1500m win, he became the youngest ever athlete to win a track title at these championships.

Or, maybe it's the fact that both races took place within a day of one another. If that isn't enough, how about the fact that in both cases Ingebrigsten was joined in the race by two of his brothers.

After coming 4th in yesterday's 1500m, Henrik joined Jakob on the podium this time around; finishing 2nd. Filip, who came 12th in the 1500m, didn't run in today's event.

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Incredibly, the 17-year-old Jakob is only the latest in a line of successful running brothers. Henrik won the 1500m at the 2012 European Championships, while Filip took the same accodlade four years later in Amsterdam.

Despite his young age, Ingebrigsten displayed astounding confidence and composure in his record-breaking win. As Jerry Kiernan said in the RTÉ studio, 'If he entered the pole-vault he'd probably win it.'

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