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    Double gold for Ingebrigtsen and Jæger at the Norwegian Championships

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    Less than 48 hours after clocking a 7:27.05 lifetime best and European U23 record over 3000m at the Rome Diamond League on Thursday night, Jakob Ingebrigtsen embarked on a middle distance double at the Norwegian Championships in Bergen on 19-20 September.

    Competing on the day of his 20th birthday, Ingebrigtsen marked the occasion by running a solo 3:33.93 in the 1500m final to win by more than 13 seconds on Saturday (19) before returning to the track less than one hour later to qualify for the 800m final.

    Ingebrigtsen is the reigning European 1500m and 5000m champion but he demonstrated his range extends down to two laps of the track by defeating the 800m specialists on Sunday (20) in 1:48.72. Ingebrigtsen was registered for all events on the Norwegian Championships between 800m and 10,000m, as well as the 3000m steeplechase, before setting on the 800m and 1500m.

    One week after breaking the world U18 heptathlon best, Henriette Jæger was in prolific form in the senior ranks. Only 17, Jæger won gold medals in both the 200m and 400m - 23.60 (-2.0 m/s) and 52.90 - and was also third in the long jump with 6.04m.

     

    Karsten Warholm was also making a quick turnaround after competing in the Rome Diamond League and the two-time world champion concluded his stellar season with a five second-plus victory in the 400m hurdles in 48.23.

    In cold conditions and without any significant opposition on show, Warholm’s time in Bergen was understandably the slowest of his season although nobody else except for Warholm this season has run faster than his winning time on Sunday afternoon.

    Even though the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement or cancellation of the two major events scheduled for the summer, Warholm can still reflect back on a hugely successful albeit abbreviated season.

    In the space of five weeks, Warholm won all six of his races by a one second-plus winning margin. He lowered his European record to 46.87 in the Stockholm Diamond League and also produced two more performances which rank inside the world all-time top-10 with 47.07 in Rome and 47.08 in Berlin.

    Warholm’s training partner Amalie Iuel won the women’s 400m hurdles title in 55.63 ahead of 18-year-old combined eventer Andrea Rooth in 56.95. Rooth also won the 100m hurdles title in 13.50. After clocking 2:01.08 in the 800m heats, world leader Hedda Hynne won the final in 2:03.64.

    Full results here.

    Ukraine dominates proceedings at Balkan Championships

    Ukraine won 12 gold medals at the Balkan Championships which took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on 19-20 September.

    European 400m hurdles silver medallist Hanna Ryzhykova won the 400m flat in 51.74 - just 0.04 shy of her lifetime best. Viktoriya Tkachuk won the 400m hurdles in 55.58 and both were part of Ukraine’s gold medal-winning team in the 4x400m relay.

    Alina Shukh won the heptathlon title by over 1000 points with 5940 points, Andriy Protsenko cleared 2.25m in the high jump and 19-year-old Myhaylo Kokhan won the men’s hammer title with 75.43m although two expected gold medals for Ukraine went in the direction of the hosts instead.

    Daniela Stanciu cleared 1.88m in the high jump to defeat Oksana Okuneva on countback and Bianca Ghelber, who won six major U18 and U20 hammer titles between 2005 and 2009, produced a throw of 72.18m to defeat world and European finalist Iryna Klymets’ 70.57m.

    Claudia Bobocea also produced a middle distance double on home soil, winning the 800m in 2:03.32 and the 1500m in 4:12.95.

     

    Bulgaria’s Gabriela Petrova also left Cluj-Napoca with two gold medals, winning both the long jump (6.41m) and triple jump (14.19m) although the most successful athlete of the weekend was Turkey’s Jak Ali Harvey who won gold medals in the 100m (10.30), 200m (20.77) and 4x100m relay (39.63).

    The individual highlight of the championships was the men’s javelin in which Moldova’s Andrian Mardare threw 83.60m to displace Bulgaria’s Mark Slavov who improved his lifetime best from 74.76m to 78.28m in the second round before improving to 83.40m in the third round which also surpassed the previous championship record.

    Full results here.

    Fast 10,000m times for Foppen, Lau and de la Oliva in Leiden

    Behind Kenyan Nicholas Kimeli’s world lead of 26:58.97 at the Gouden Spike in Leiden on Saturday (19), Mike Foppen set a European leading time of 27:59.10 on his 10,000m debut to capture the Dutch title.

    Emerging Swedish talent Emil Millan de la Oliva, who turned 19 in July, also clocked 28:23.21 to break the national U20 record. His time was the second fastest ever by a European U20 athlete, just missing the long-standing European U20 record of 28:22.48 set by Italy’s Christian Leuprecht in 1990.

     

    European U23 bronze medallist Jasmijn Lau won the women’s race in a lifetime best of 32:20.75 ahead of Bo Ummels in 32:25.41. Her sister Brit won the 800m in 32:25.41.

    Elsewhere, Christophe Lemaitre returned from injury to win the 150m in 15.51 and Dafne Schippers won the 100m in 11.47. Menno Vloon provided the pick of the action on the in-field with a 5.76m clearance in the pole vault.

    Elsewhere around Europe...

    Axel Hubert set a lifetime best and world lead of 8260 points to win the decathlon at the French Combined Events Championships in Aubagne. He set or equalled lifetime bests in five of the 10 individual events.

    European 10,000m champion Morhad Amdouni broke the French one hour record in Lucciana. He covered 20,772 metres to surpass the previous mark of 20,601 metres.

    Competing as a guest at the Italian U20/U23 Championships in Grosseto, Gianmarco Tamberi cleared 2.28m before three attempts at a season's best of 2.31m. Fresh from victory in the 400m in the Rome Diamond League, Edoardo Scotti won the U23 200m title in 20.95, European U20 champion Larissa Iapichino won the long jump with a wind-aided 6.60m and Veronica Zanon won the triple jump with a national U20 record of 13.84m.

    Kornelia Lesiewicz, who turned 17 last month, won the 400m at the Polish U18 Championships in a lifetime best of 52.70.