New Zealand runner Nick Willis was in awe as 20-year-old Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen surged past world champion Timothy Cheruiyot on the final bend to win the 1500m Olympic final in record time in Tokyo last night.
Ingebrigtsen ran behind world champion Timothy Cheruiyot for most of the race before kicking late to win the gold medal in 3:28.32 seconds, beating the record of 3:31.65 set by Abel Kipsang of Kenya two days earlier in the heats.
Cheruiyot, who missed initial selection for the Olympics and was a late addition because another runner was cut from Kenya’s team, took silver in 3:29.01.
Josh Kerr of Britain won bronze. Kipsang placed fourth.
"Best 1500 race of all time," Willis, a two-time medallist in the event said on social media.
"There was never a point in the first 1405m when you knew who was going to win.
"Kerr and Kipsang were a threat if the pace lagged, but Jakob was too strong."