Jakob Ingebrigtsen had to settle for silver behind Samuel Tefera in the final of the men’s 1500m at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade.
The exciting Norwegian looked good for much of the race, but he could not break away from the chasers and an excellent finishing kick from Tefera secured gold for the Ethiopian in a championship-record time of 3:32.77.
“It is a medal so it is a start, but I am a little disappointed,” Ingebrigtsen told the BBC. “I want the best medal.
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“I did not quite have the greatest feeling during the race. I usually feel tired after 600 and then feel better and better, but that did not happen.
“It is a great race and incredible to be able to fight for medals. Next time, I guess.
“I know I am better than this but this time this is what I had.”
Armand Duplantis ended the evening on a high as he set a world record of 6.20m in the pole vault. With the gold long since secured, he aborted on two occasions but made the height on the third attempt to break his own record.
Lorraine Ugen secured a brilliant bronze for GB with a jump of 6.82m in the long jump. The home crowd were on a high as gold went to Serbia's Ivana Vuleta thanks to a leap of 7.06m.
Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela laid down an early marker for the remainder of the season with a world record of 15.74m to take gold in the triple jump. The mark, which broke her previous indoor best of 15.43m, is the furthest in any setting and eclipses her jump of 15.67m at the Tokyo Olympics.
Great Britain’s Marc Scott chased home Ethiopian pair Selemon Barega and Lamecha Girma to claim a brilliant bronze medal in the men’s 3000m.
Grant Holloway of United States lived up to his pre-race billing as overwhelming favourite with victory in the 60m hurdles. The American stormed out of the blocks and led all the way to beat Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Jarret Eaton in a time of 7.39s. GB’s David King came home in sixth.
Ajee Wilson of United States ducked under two minutes to claim gold in the women’s 800m, beating Freweyni Hailu and Hallmah Nakaayi.
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