Oslo Diamond League 1500m – Chasing Records

Can athletics' golden boy make it two world records in two weeks?

Racing for records

Less than one week after setting a new 2-mile record, does Jakob Ingebrigtsen have what it takes to do it again for the 1500m at the Oslo Diamond League?

Specs: the Adidas Boston 12 is lighter and lower 

At 286g in my size US11 / EU45, the Adidas Adizero Boston 12 is much lighter than the Boston 10. Note that I did not test the Boston 11 (and that was on purpose as I didn’t see much changes compared to the 10). My Boston 10 came in at 333g which added to the clunkiness of the shoe. 


The Boston 12 also gets closer to the ground with a 2mm reduction of stack in the heel. It moves from the 39mm heel in the Boston 10 and 11 to 37mm and changing the 8mm drop for a 6.5mm one instead. This remains quite far from the Boston “standards” but it definitely helps on the weight side of things. 

High hopes from the gun with a race of real depth

The starting lineup of the Oslo Diamond League men’s 1500m meant that it was sure to be an incredible race.


With the likes of Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Mohamed Katir, Timothy Cheruiyot, and Yared Nuguse it could have been anyone’s race.


However, everyone’s eyes were on Jakob, having smashed Daniel Komen’s long standing record in the 2-mile less than one week before.

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Oslo Diamond League - Bislett Games

After 25 years, is it time for a new record?

With the world record set by Hicham El Guerrouj set back in 1998, in a time of 3:26.00, the athletes would have to average just under 55 seconds per lap to have the chance of breaking it.


Going through the opening 400m in 55.47s, they were just off this pace. They then went through 800m in 1:51.68s.


Nearly 2 seconds off the world record pace, making it look unlikely that we were to see a world record being broken in the 1500m today at the Oslo Diamond League.

European but no world record, this time

Fuelled on by his home crowd, Jakob Ingebrigtsen crossed the line in an unbelievable time of 3:27.95, breaking his own European Record, setting a new world lead of more than 3.5 seconds, and breaking the meet record, previously set by Hicham El Guerrouj.


With just under 2 seconds to gain, does Jakob Ingebrigtsen have what it takes to smash that seemingly unbreakable barrier of 3:26.00?

Jakob Time Board Oslo DL 2023
Adidas boston 12 outsole road shoes of the year 2023

The results

1st: Jakob Ingebrigtsen – 3:27.95 (AR, MR, WL, PB)

2nd: Mohamed Katir – 3:28.89 (SB)

3rd: Yared Nuguse – 3:29.02 (AR, PB)

4th: Timothy Cheruiyot – 3:29.08 (SB)

5th: Mario Garcia – 3:29.18 (PB)

6th: Azebbine Habz – 3:29.26 (PB)

7th: Oliver Hoare – 3:29.41 (AR, PB)

8th: Narve Gilje Nordas – 3:29.47 (PB)

9th: Josh Kerr – 3:30.07 (SB)

10th: Neil Gourley – 3:30.88 (PB)

11th: Abel Kipsang – 3:31.76 (SB)

12th: Andreas Almgren – 3:32.00 (NR, PB)

13th: Teddese Lemi – 3:32.24 (SB)

14th: Charles Grethen – 3:36.27 (SB)

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28 years old

183cm (6′) – 68kg (148lbs)

Mid/Forefoot striker – Stride runner

Moderate pronator


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